Posted on May 9, 2008 by cupblog
I love the Anchor Brewing Co.’s beer.
I love it.
I love Anchor Steam, I love their Christmas beer on the less “piney” years, I love Old Foghorn, and I really love the rye and gin they’ve been distilling lately.
When I went to Oakland, CA for a wedding in my fiance’s family, the hotel desk handed me a “care package” basket from the bride and groom. It had some snacks and a couple big bottles of Anchor Steam. They knew.
So when the publication of Grape vs. Grain approached, and I started to think about a launch-event location near Davis, CA, they were on my list from the start. I called the brewery one afternoon and introduced myself. When I mentioned that Charles Bamforth had a new book coming out, the woman who answered the phone said “Oh, Charlie! We know Charlie. Sure, let me get you in touch with John Danerbeck.”
Thus it began, and Anchor has been very hospitable ever since. I understand that last night’s event was a very good one.
So thanks to Anchor, to John Danerbeck (pictured right) and to Charles for his work championing beer.
Also, thanks to Jay, who graciously provided the picture. Read his post about the event here.
Were you there? I wish I was. How was it? Comments are open!
Filed under: Beer and Wine Fridays, Events, Food | Tagged: Anchor Brewery, Beer, Charles Bamforth, Grape vs. Grain, Wine | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 24, 2008 by cupblog
Ever wondered what it’s like to be interviewed on the radio or television?
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Nick Smith, author of I Was Wrong: the Meanings of Apologies. Here are some of his thoughts on dropping everything for media appearances, his own radio idol, and being accused of having a speech impediment.
Jonathan Gaugler, my hard-working publicist at Cambridge, asked my to write up some thoughts about the flurry of activity since the release of I Was Wrong: The Meanings of Apologies. This is my first book, so this is all new to me.
Diane Rehm devoted an entire show to the book on Tuesday. This may not sell as many copies as an appearance on Oprah, but for me it was even more thrilling. Diane Rehm belongs in the pantheon of great figures in contemporary media, and I don’t know of any better interviewer (although Terry Gross surely warrants similar praise). As so many programs become increasingly argumentative and paced for short attention spans, she slows down conversations and treats her guests with such grace and thoughtfulness. She listens enthusiastically, which I find to be one of the most important skills for any teacher. Over the years I have looked to her show as a model for conversations in my classrooms, so this was like meeting the master. Continue reading
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