Beer Review: Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat


Today a beer my friend Craig describes as “mysterious.” Beer: Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat Brewer: The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.3 of 10) Comments:  I first encountered Leinenkugel’s at Miller Field (ironically) in Milwaukee.  I enjoyed being able to have a decent beer for a reasonable price at a ballpark…

Beer Review: Samuel Adams Hefeweizen


Today a beer from that local brewery down the street in Jamaica Plain, Sam Adams (albeit much of their beer is brewed out of state). Beer: Samuel Adams Hefeweizen Brewer: Boston Beer Company Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Comments: Hefeweizen is one of my favorite beer styles, and this is an…

Lazy Blogger


Crikey! I just opened mine eyes, and lo! I have not updated this since long before Shakespeare wast a boy… You would not believe how terribly tardy the Victorian internet can be. Apologies to my regular readers! Even the little blue ones!. I am lost in a sea of pseudo-olde-english with only your readership as…

Boston By Foot Tour of the Month: Ashmont Hill Sneak Preview!


I’m a big supporter and participant in Boston By Foot’s Tours of the Month.  Usually, I post photos and commentary after the tour.  This time I’m posting a sneak preview of a tour coming up next Sunday, August 31st at 2 pm:  Ashmont Hill.  If you come on the Red Line, make sure to exist…

Favorite Albums by Year


There’s a meme I’ve seen on some other blogs about listing one’s favorite albums from each year of one’s life (example: Nicholas Carr’s Rough Type).  The rules are one album per year and the same artist/band cannot be repeated.  The rules make for some interesting choices.  For example, I found myself really scraping to find…

1908 Night


I remember the summer of 1983, because that was the year when my mother, sister and I spent almost every Friday night at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, CT.  We went in the afternoon to swim in Lake Quassapaug, swim out to the float, and enjoy a picnic supper.  Once the sun started to set,…

Book Review: The Fabric of America by Andro Linklater


The Fabric of America: how our borders and boundaries shaped the country and forged our national identity (2007) by Andro Linklater is built on a thesis that the idea of the United States being defined by the frontier and rugged individualism – with Frederick Jackson Turner as a major proponent – is not true.  Instead…

Book Review: A Pocketful of History by Jim Noles


A Pocketful of History: Four Hundred Years of America — One State Quarter at a Time (2008) by Jim Noles takes the State Quarter Program as a launching point for an engaging look at the 50 United States and the symbols chosen to represent them.  Often, Noles goes beyond simply telling the history of the…

Book Review: New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg


Following up on Ric Burns’ New York, I read New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg (2007) edited by one of the stars of that series Marshall Berman and Brian Berger. This collection of essays looks back with some nostalgia and some disgust at the City in the 70s, 80s, & 90s.  For most of…

Book Review: The Joke by Milan Kundera


For the first time, my Around the World for a Good Book selection is for a country that no longer exists.  The Joke: A Novel of Czechoslovakia Today (1967, English translation 1969) is an fact a story of 50 years ago.  Since the author Milan Kundera is Czech and the novel is set in Prague,…

Book Review: Crosstown by Helen Levitt


The opening of episode 7 of New York: A Documentary Film featured clips from a 1948 film entitled In the Street. This movie captured images of ordinary people in the streets of upper Manhattan and was quite moving in capturing the place and time. I looked for the film without success but did find this…

Movie Review: New York: A Documentary Film by Ric Burns


New York: A Documentary Film is an 8-part film made by Ric Burns that debuted on PBS in 1999 (except for episode 8, which is from 2003).  Thanks to Netflix, I’ve finally seen this epic documentary about my ancestral homeland and one of my favorite cities. Ric Burns’ style is similar to his brother Ken…