Friday, February 10, 2012


Lost Weekend 6-Pack/2 Movies,2 Books,2 Drinks

In this brand new ALL 'LIT' UP segment, I ask authors, editors, and booksellers to put together their perfect 6-Pack of the moment for a lost weekend - two movies, two books, and two drinks. This weekend there are 6-PACKs from two of my favorite Chicagoland authors, Ben Tanzer and Patricia Ann McNair. Cheers ~ J. Goertel

Ben Tanzer
"I can do this. Totally. The movies would be After Hours and Apocalypse Now, maybe the Godfather, the books, The Basketball Diaries and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the drinks, at least one Gin & Tonic in a tall glass, though likely more than one, followed by a Jack and Ginger, many, and long into the night at that."

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books 99 Problems, You Can Make Him Like You, My Father's House and So Different Now among others. Ben also oversees day to day operations of This Zine Will Change Your Life and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life the center of his vast, albeit faux media empire.

This Blog Will Change Your Life -
Twitter -
So Different Now -
My Father's House -
You Can Make Him Like You -

Patricia Ann McNair

"The weekends of late have been lost to the work of a new semester starting at Columbia College Chicago. The next weekend I will try to steal back: Occupy Weekend! I’ll be finishing A Visit From the Goon Squad (I am indeed the only person left in America — the world, maybe — who has not read this book,) and will be starting a new collection of short stories, A Vacation on the Island of Ex-Boyfriends by Stacy Bierlein. (Note: this so not a chick-lit book, don’t be fooled!) And where would I be without a strong coffee (shot in the dark, coffee and espresso) in the morning, and a cold microbrew in the evening? Lately I’ve been sampling Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company. The movie list grows and grows. Time, I think, to see The Skin I Live In (Almodovar) and John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole. Cheerful stuff, you know."

Patricia Ann McNair - author of the acclaimed collection The Temple of Air - has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwest. She’s managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taught aerobics. Today she is an Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago and is at work on a novel, Climbing the House of God Hill.

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