The Summer of Beer and Whiskey
Anyone (of age) who’s ever gone to watch a big-league game knows the joy a cold one can add to the game of baseball — but did you know that beer itself may have changed the game? The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game ($17) takes a look at Chris Von der Ahe’s gambit to found the St. Louis Browns in the hopes of selling more beer, establishing the American Association (later to become the American League) along the way, and revitalizing the sport with a new group of teams that featured rowdy, reckless, and, yes, drunk players.
Never know what to say around a sick friend? Here are 10 rules to live by.
Lookee what just arrived at the PublicAffairs office! Hot off the press!
"My goal is to change the norms of illness etiquette so that, from the moment your friend confides her or his diagnosis, the two of you establish a policy of complete candor — that you articulate, ‘I want to be useful and supportive to you throughout this ordeal but I’m not always going to know the right thing to say or do. I won’t always be able to anticipate your needs or read your mood, so I hope you’ll give me a heads up on what’s helpful and what’s not. Would you promise to be honest with me?’"—Letty Cottin Pogrebin
David Stockman earns a “Highbrow/Despicable” ranking on New York Magazine’s Approval Matrix, and we are jealous.
The film "A Place at the Table" opens next weekend. If you buy a movie ticket, download the film, or buy the companion book during March 1-3, Plum Organics will donate a “Super Smoothie” nutritional pouch to a child in need. Do you part to end hunger in America!