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Typical things always heard in vacation towns:

- What's this?
- I'm keeping that!
- Why?
- It's for my collection!
- It's a rock.

- Did you put on sunblock?
- I thought my sneakers would cover that part.

- Bears.
- Tics.
- Lice.
- Bud.
- Well—
- Flat Bud Lite.
- Okay, that's the worst.

- It's a local beer made entirely of blueberries, pine needles, and sunblock.

- He can sleep under our bed. He doesn't make that much noise, if he's been drinking.

- You're not keeping that thing. We're taking it back to the gift shop right now.
- I forget which one I got it from.

- We won't know if it's infected until you do laundry.

- These little towns must be adorable in the winter.
- Lady,  it's a hellhole in January.

Cahpter 36 of the Dead Authors Podcast: Ralph Ellison.

Chapter 36: Ralph Ellison

...featuring DeMorge Brown. Available July 29, 2014

If you've always wanted to hear an interview with your favorite author but they died years ago, take advantage of Mr. Wells using his time machine to bring them up for a few questions.

If you never wanted to hear something like that...it's not really that.

Is this a dog day of summer?

Is this a dog day of summer? I don't have a dog, so I don't know. Is it a dog day afternoon? Is it still a dog day afternoon if I prefer ketchup instead of mustard on that dog? Is "hot as a dog" an expression? Is it even a dog day, to return to my original point?

When Stephen Colbert wanted to find a first novel to use as an example of the damage from Amazon's hardball tactics, he reached out to Sherman Alexie to help.

When Stephen Colbert wanted to find a first novel to use as an example of the damage from Amazon's hardball tactics, he reached out to Sherman Alexie to help.

This made perfect sense. Alexie has consistently shown himself to be a champion of human rights in general and the decent treatment of writers in particular, but less obviously also an ally of readers everywhere. Writers frequently feel that the reader would have a better experience if we could just get rid if the booksellers and possibly the publishers too, but Alexie was among the first to protest that e-books and electronic gadgets required a level of income far above that available to the people who could really use a good read.

Just this cool guy.