To begin, we should state that outside of the way sub zero degree temperatures we weathered at the Belmont stop much fun was had last night at the RAGAD release party. Pete Anderson's "Mercy Day" was a treat, Jill Summer read a wonderful piece about a ghost named Larry, Nick Ostdick did his Ostdick thing about cowboys and love, and with all respect to the rocking Elizabeth Crane, Spencer Dew may just be our favorite live reader on the Chicago literary scene these days. Crazy awesome is what comes to mind.
Now on to something new. It is rare that we find Nick, Jason Behrends of what to wear during an orange alert and Jason Pettus from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography in one room. All are charming, full-on raconteurs, lovers of independent everything and great supporters and champions of Lucky Man, "This Blog Will Change Your Life" and TBWCYL, Inc. spokesperson Ben Tanzer.
So, we decided to ask them to join us for the launch of the newest venture from TBWCYL, Inc. - This Podcast Will Change Your Life. Nice, right? We think so. Anyway, we gathered around a table at the Book Cellar and launched into thirty-odd minutes of literary and blogging love. Names/topics dropped included Joe Meno, The Foundation Trilogy, McSweeney's, Thieves Jargon, THE2NDHAND, and of course the aforementioned Ms. Crane, among others.
The inaugural show is titled Walt Whitman Means Delicious and we hope you will take a listen. We also want to give big shout-outs to Nick and the Jasons for their support and we hope you will stay on the look out for future shows.
Finally, please note, that we invite any and all of you to pitch yourselves as possible "This Podcast Will Change Your Life" participants, assuming (1) you have something independent you are just dieing to pitch or discuss, paging Diane Lane, (2) happen to be in or around Chicago, (3) are Elizabeth Crane (we know, that's three mentions this entry, but what are you going to do) and (4) comfortable with subjecting yourself to coffee or drinks with our spokesperson and lead interviewer Ben. We find him to be very pleasant, but we certainly appreciate that he may be somewhat of an acquired taste in person.