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Is 'You Are Having A Good Time' Beautiful Or Grotesque? Yes

Jul 10, 2016

In "Night Report" — one of the standout stories in Amie Barrodale's debut collection, You Are Having a Good Time — a character named Ema is so moved by a novel about a woman with a married lover that she sends her own married lover a long, emotional, confessional text describing its contents. His phone then proceeds to break up her text.

Into tiny chunks.

Sent individually.

Over a long.

Time, piece by.

Piece.

When Ema wakes up the next morning, mortified, she discovers he has responded thusly: "Good times."

The kitchen is hopping and hot at L'Ami Jean restaurant in Paris, as chef Stéphane Jégo gets lunch underway. Jégo, who has been at this small Paris bistro for 14 years, is joined on this day by Mohammad El Khaldy, a chef from Damascus in Syria.

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It's hard to figure out what to say after the horrific violence of recent days, but Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby are our guides as they walk us through this week's extra episode.

Journalist Gay Talese has never shied away from controversial topics. He took on the mafia in Honor Thy Father and dove deep into America's sex life in Thy Neighbor's Wife. But even Talese paused when he first heard about the Manor House Motel in Aurora Colo., back in 1980. Innkeeper Gerald Foos had outfitted his motel with a special platform which allowed him to spy on his guests — and he invited Talese to take a peek as well. Talese, a man of seemigly insatiable curiosity, did just that. But Foos demanded anonymity, so Talese decided not to write about the experience.

Photo by Art Montes

This week we’re celebrating the upcoming Doors Open Milwaukee with two different stories about life in and around this city we call “Home.”

Gianofer Fields

For many of us bread is a staple. It's a simple mixture of flour, water, salt, and yeast. However, Chef Gene Webb says what we call yeast is actually a complex mixture of microbes and one of the major factors in determining flavor. 

In this edition of Radio Chipstone, Chef Webb shares the science behind baking a great loaf of bread, something he's been doing from a long time:

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