July 17, 2012 • Fiction: MG & YA
There are hundreds of podcasts out in the ether these days, with a range of audio quality from one guy in a basement with a computer microphone to company-sponsored full-cast performances. Finding programs to listen to while you’re in the car, going for a jog, or just hanging out at home is largely about trial and error, starting with a topic that interests you and downloading the usually free shows until you find the voices that suit your tastes.
One of the great things about the growth of podcasts as a means of expression is that modern technology can connect people from across the country for a chat, and the content is one hundred percent up to the creators.
Here we’ve compiled a list of some great podcasts that tackle books, authors, publishing, and everything in between.
July 16, 2012 • Cookbook: General
When the heat is on, what could be better than firing up the grill and making these perfect and pretty Pineapple Chili Pork BBQ Skewers?
There’s nothing like an all-time char-grilled favorite. You can make the marinade ahead, soak the pork pieces and let the sweet, spicy, tangy, succulent flavors set. Then skewer and let the grill do the work for you. Don’t forget to chill the drinks, call for company to join you, then just laze around and indulge in these BBQ bits. Stay cool and serve these with cold salads and chilled desserts.
July 12, 2012 • Cookbook: Desserts, Cookbook: Drinks
A classic kids birthday favorite turned indulgent adult treat, this Spiked Ice Cream Cake will be the star of your next get-together.
Every part of this cake, from the ice cream filling to the cake itself to the frosting, is infused with booze (in this case, bourbon). Plus, changing up the flavor of the cake, ice cream, or both allows you to create new and exciting cakes all summer long!
Spiked Ice Cream Cake
From Booze Cakes by Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone
July 12, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
So. The world is going to end in six months due to an asteroid hurling itself towards us. What to do, what to do.
July 11, 2012 • Fiction
Bastille Day is one badass French holiday.
It all began in the summer of 1789 when a mob of Parisians stormed the Bastille fortress to collect a large supply of ammunition and put a fork in royal rule.
Widely thought of as the key in the French Revolution ignition, this time period spawned radical social change and brought about many influential writers and activists. As an ode to this holiday, we’ve gathered some pretty badass French writers who have not only made their way into classic literature with their worthy accomplishments, but they’ve also made us say Mon Dieu!
François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (AKA Voltaire): One day, Voltaire got locked up in the Bastille Prison for insulting a French nobleman. He was put away without a trial, no bail, and no form of defense. Fearing a lifelong sentence, he proposed that he be exiled to England instead, which authorities accepted.
Instead of cursing out the government, he made it his goal to improve the French judicial system via his well crafted, observant, and persuasive writings. Go Voltaire! And… he wrote a science fiction piece about aliens visiting Earth only to witness humankind’s foibles. Yes!
Émilie du Châtelet: The romantic puzzlepiece to Volatire, Émilie is famously known for her translation and commentary on Isaac Newton's work Principia Mathematica. To this day, it is still the standard version used among scholars. Émilie was an astute writer who used her mathematical brilliance and academic writing to unravel the mysteries of life. In fact, some say she was writing about energy and velocity 150 years before Mr. Einstein even had a tongue to stick out. Science faux pas.
July 11, 2012 • Handbooks: Worst-Case
Bastille Day in Philadelphia via VisitPhilly
With Bastille Day coming up this Saturday, July 14th, I looked to the Worst Case Scenario Almanac: History for some advice on how to celebrate this revolutionary holiday.
While you probably won’t get in a fight with bayonets, barricades are just the thing to keep your block party going all day long.
Here are some strategies to make sure it’s effective: