Last week I had the pleasure of going on The Derek Hunter Show on WBAL and Washington’s Drive at Five with Larry O’Connor on WMAL. Both hosts were gracious in promoting the book and on WMAL (beginning at the 30-minute mark) we took questions: One man said a shot of vodka is perfect before he goes on stage to sing. Another claimed rubbing vodka on skin areas affected by poison ivy is quite helpful. So the next time you go on a hike, don’t forget your Off! spray and a flask of Smirnoff!
If you’ve read my book, Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America (Lyons Press), you’ll know this country has Americanized the Russian spirit much as we Americanized certain Mexican and Italian foods. Smirnoff, after all, is manufactured in the United States. American Harvest comes from Idaho. The ever-popular Tito’s is from Texas. So if Russia ever threatens to withhold its vodka products in a trade war, we’ll be fine—unless you absolutely cannot do without, say, Russian Standard. I explained all this to Angela Johnson of the Wall Street Journal.
You never know what they’ll ask over at the Daily Caller, but it’s always interesting (if not lurid!). So here you will find my Q&A with Daily Caller senior editor Jamie Weinstein. The last question (about a “best story” involving vodka) was fraught with peril. But I think it’s mostly harmless—and true!
In the middle of a hectic two weeks doing media for Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America, I forgot to link to Neal Dewing’s extremely thoughtful and generous review of my book, plus a Q&A, in the Federalist. I am honestly quite certain it’s the nicest lengthy writeup of Vodka to date.
On July 27, I also had the pleasure of going to the studio for an hourlong show called Foodie and the Beast with David Nellis and his wife Nycci (of TheListAreYouOnIt.com) along with celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio (whose Aggio in Baltimore just received a rave “First Bite” review from the Washington Post‘s Tom Sietsema), Brabo’s Harper Curtis, and Will and Boris of Copperwood Tavern. Great food and refreshment on the set—what could be better?
Then it was up to Connecticut where I did a half-hour segment (using my in-laws’ landline) on The Jason Lewis Show (where I talked so long that I hit the fence!). The following night, July 29, I made my appearance at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison. The book-talk was well-attended (35-40 guests) and everyone seemed to have a great time. A perk of being a visiting author to R.J. Julia: Pick a book, any book, on the house! So I chose the latest awesome edition of Club International.
Special thanks to Linda and Bob Dwyer for the room and board, food, and an outing to Dinosaur State Park!
Last Saturday I did a half-hour segment on Belinda Skelton’s Atlanta Living (broadcast unavailable). And I also did a half-hour on Nevada Public Radio with Dave Becker via Skype (hence the incredibly clear recording). On Sunday I’ll be in the studio for an episode of TheListAreYouOnIt.com with Nycci Nellis. Then, on Tuesday, July 29, I will be speaking at RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut. Hope to see my Nutmeggers there!