Beer & Book #10

bb10Yesterday’s beer: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Yesterday’s book: The River Swimmer by Jim Harrison

Notes: Jim Harrison works better in the novella form than as a full-bore novelist. His rages, lushness, run-on sentences, bravado, burly machismo, and lusts get overwhelming and pornographic in full-length form. There’s too much muchness for him to ever make a good short story–concision and well-honed plotting aren’t his strengths–but his novels (with the rare exception of Returning to Earth, which in a way is four interlinked novellas bound together by a single family) make me wish he had a sharp, feminist editor to wrap his knuckles every now and then. The one-damn-thing-after-another “narratives” are acceptable and even viscerally illuminating for 90 pages. Here, with “The Land of Unlikeness” and the title piece, the protagonists have frustrated–as opposed to fulfilled–appetites, which is both more interesting but also curiously unsatisfying.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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3 Responses to Beer & Book #10

  1. brian says:

    Excellent writer! Excellent writer! Cheers!!

    Oh, and you really need to get a MI brew in this series at some point…..

  2. And you thought what of the beer? I yearn for the pithy beer summary!

    • I FORGOT the beer: Hazelnut Nectar is exactly what it sounds like, a little too syrupy-sweet and with a strong hint of crisp nuts. The coloration, almost like a well-aged maple syrup, is glorious in its hues but, while the ale goes down smoothly, it also goes down mostly unmemorably.

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