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Continued: Spirited discourse

  • Article by: BILL WARD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 18, 2007 - 8:40 AM

"Sometimes it can get a little uncomfortable," said Kokoska, "but Jeff's funny and usually can disarm the situation. No one has ever thrown down here."

There's also some fervent back-and-forth, and no small amount of frivolity, at the group's website, www.booksandbars.com. Kamin said the e-mail list has grown from 130 to 300 people in the past 20 months, and the forum's threads tend toward smart, smart-alecky or both. The day after last week's BLB event, there was an exuberant exchange over what the heck "Magic Pudding" in "Framed" was all about, a topic that had been left largely unresolved the night before.

But resolution and clear answers are not the raison d'être for the Books & Bars confabs. The goal, all hands agreed, is to leave the theater with a bit more brainpower and perhaps a buzz.

As Books & Bars veteran Bradford Froelich noted, "It's like English class with booze."And no homework," Jennie Houghton later added.

"And also," husband Eli chimed in, "there's no one here who doesn't want to be here."

Bill Ward • 612-673-7643

Bill Ward • bill.ward@startribune.com

  • WHAT'S BREWING

    Books & Bars meets the second Tuesday of every month at Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Minneapolis. The events are free. Upcoming books to be discussed:

    Oct. 9

    "Wake Up, Sir!" by Jonathan Ames

    Nov. 13

    "The Omnivore's Dilemma"

    by Michael Pollan

    Dec. 11

    "Cat's Cradle"

    by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

    For more info, go to www.booksandbars.com

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