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This month The Nation Guide to the Nation, published by Vintage Books, hits the bookstores. Here’s a free sample (much condensed), beginning with an excerpt from the Introduction by Victor Navasky and Katrina vanden Heuvel.
The Nation Guide to the Nation is for and about a community of committed, passionate people with hyperactive consciences and where they eat, shop, drink, learn, read, organize, research, hang out and get buried. It offers a Left Heritage Trail, entries on slow-food restaurants, coffeehouses, bookshop cafes, think tanks, greenmarkets, saloons, alternative TV, progressive websites, indie publishers, reading groups, enviro groups, green builders, theatrical troupes, food co-ops, worker co-ops and lots more. It’s a mixture of The Whole Earth Catalog, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It’s a Sears Roebuck catalog of tools and ideas for people who want to change the world–or at least the neighborhood. Like the magazine, The Nation Guide to the Nation is quirky and eclectic and quite contrarian, unique, improbable, handy, cheap at the price and priceless. [To order, see the ad on page 27.]
Bars, Pubs & Saloons
Haben zie barbecue? Ja! This landmark Tex-Deutsch restaurant, founded in the state capital by Confederate vet August Scholz in 1866, continues to be a key fueling stop for state pols, political buffs and members of the drawling class who cover the Statehouse spectacle. When Molly Ivins–who, like many writers for the muckraking Texas Observer, hung out here–died in 2007, her wake was held in the biergarten. 1607 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701; (512) 474-1958; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Weary Traveler.
Writes Nation Washington correspondent John Nichols: “A snapshot of the real Madison–circa 1903, or is it 1967?–can be found at The Weary Traveler on funky Williamson Street. Old World pub with wooden floors and a long bar, local beers on tap, comfort food with flair, a portrait of Walt Whitman overlooking a room that even on the coldest winter night radiates a warmth steeped in poetry and acoustic folk, blues and world-beat music. The talk here is of politics….” 1201 Williamson Street, Madison, WI 53703; (608) 442-6207
A bicycle built for fifteen, this pedal-powered traveling art piece, created by Heather Clark and Matthew Mazzotta, sits on the stripped chassis of a van. The Busycle travels to different cities on cross-country story-collecting tours. During stops, the crew invites locals to climb aboard, work the pedals and experience the purposeful power of pulling together. buscycle.com