Category Archives: J. Ryan Stradal

You Cannot Open A Book Without Learning Something*

The last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. Take a look at the photo above, it shows just a small selection of wonderful books we have talked about at Life Elsewhere. If you overlooked any of them. we encourage you to pop into your local independent bookstore and search them out. While you are there, help us a little and mention you heard about the book on Life Elsewhere.
*Confucius wrote our headline.

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The Food & Drink Edition

                            

Next on Life Elsewhere, a program devoted to food and drink. Of course, we’ll venture into not so predictable territory. Michelle Ephraim and Caroline Bicks are longtime friends and fans of Shakespeare. They are both professors who teach the works of the Bard. Better still, the two academics like a cocktail. While the learned ladies were imbibing a couple of drinks, inspiration struck: Shakespeare-themed cocktails! The result is Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas. In equal parts, it’s a funny and educational book. If you appreciate Shakespeare and a fine cocktail, make sure you don’t miss this interview.

Continuing on with our food and drink theme, Norman B talks with J. Ryan Stradal, the author of a book that has to qualify as one of the best reads of 2015, Kitchens of the Great Midwest. “This is a remarkable book!” Says Norman B, “As I reached the last couple of pages, I couldn’t help myself, tears meandered down my cheeks. From the very first page Stradal drew me into his complicated, yet seemingly simple story. A story that revolves around a passion for food and drink.” Setting his impressive book in the Midwest, with fine dining as a central theme, is a stroke of genius. J. Ryan Stradal grew up in Hastings, Minn, a place he lovingly references in one hilarious chapter. The cover and even the book’s title could mislead a prospective reader from discovering the wonderful story Stradal weaves. To accompany the fascinating interview, we’ve added a selection of food and drink themed music, including, Patrick WolfTanita TikaramCibo MattoThe KinksBob Marley.

A quick word about last week’s edition featuring Frank Jenkinson’s photo book on Killing Joke, we’ve received numerous enquiries on how to obtain a copy. You’ll find the direct link here.

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio