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  • "The Full Vermonty offers hope where so many other political works offer only knowledge or distraction." The Full Vermonty is Spectrum Culture. And many thanks to the Mike McClelland, and Spectrum Culture, for that.

    Many thanks indeed, to the Mike McClelland and Spectrum Culture for The Full Vermonty: Vermon in the Age of Trump review love. Excerpt? Always.

    "Of all the contributors, Mares and Danziger’s work comes across best in The Full Vermonty (which is appropriate, given that they put the book together). In his writing, Mares conjures a winning combination of gentility and outrage that make for appealing, urgent reading. He’s also genuinely funny, and much of the humor that makes an appearance in the book is in the sections he authors. Danziger, whose drawings appear etched from stone but whose words come from an expansive, intelligent mind, is a masterful political cartoonist. Even the few cartoons that are a little too on the nose still elicit a chuckle, a shudder or an “aha!” All of the other writers included are also effective, which is a rarity in an anthology with this many contributors. There are standouts, of course. Madeleine M. Kunin, the former governor of Vermont, has a short, strong piece that hits hard because of both her high-ranking position and her womanhood. And Julia Alvarez’s piece “Latinos in Vermont before, during and (con esperanza) after the Trump Years” is humorous, humane and enlightening."

  • A Be Cool pause. And a goodbye to all that. For now.

    It was one year ago that Be Cool was supposed to be released. There were some glitches, and it didn't come out until February, but I've still been hustling for a year, and that seems like enough.

    For now.

    While we never know what might become of our books down the road, hence the pause, nothing more may happen at all, because that can happen too, and so if that's the case, than this is goodbye to all that.

    Still, to say goodbye and not take a moment to recognize all of the goodness and good people I connected with, and who supported Be Cool, along the way would be most unfortunate indeed.

    There was a kick ass kick-off reading with the Rob Hollywood and Zoe Zolbrod at the Book Cellar; followed by a kick-off road trip with Be Cool's publisher Dockstreet Press and Dane Bahr last August, which took us to Phinney Books in Seattle, and time shared with the inestimable Sean Beaudoin and Josh Mohr, great writers both; reading in Portland as part the Get Nervous reading series with the quite awesome Cari Luna and John Barrios; and then on to Boise for the truly cool Campfire Stories hosted by the truly cool Christian Winn at the truly cool Modern Hotel.

    Along the way I also got to read at Kill Your Darlings; Volumes Bookcafe for a second, and now official launch with the Jason Fisk and Eric Spitznagel, easy on the eyes both; Boswell Book Company and Quimby's, with Lee L. Krecklow, Robert Vaughan, Caitlin Scarano, Tasha Fouts, and Seth Berg, great readers and great friends, new and old, all.

    Even if the book itself didn't quite be what I wanted it to be, and who knows what that truly is, there were terrific interviews with The Rumpus, Five Questions, Steph Post, and Rick Kogan; wonderful reviews at Spectrum Culture, Atticus Review, and The Coil, among others; and the endlessly cool opportunity to appear on a panel at Printers Row Lit Fest talking memoir with Jason Diamond and Michael Phillips.

    Ultimately, I want to thank everyone who did anything to support Be Cool, especially my blurbers Sean and Robert, see above, as well as the Wendy C. Ortiz and Megan Stielstra, who now and forever, will serve as great inspirations and literary guides of mine.

    I would also like to recognize some of the many journals who ran pieces from be Cool in different forms at some point, including, but not limited to The Rumpus, Nailed, TNBBC, Thought Catalog, decomP, The Weeklings, Manifest-Station, Collected Poop Stories (for real), Midnight Mind, RAGAD, Entropy, In Case We Die, Revolution John, CCLaP, and Rated Rookie.

    Thanks as well to those who read Be Cool and posted comments and ratings on Goodreads and Amazon, you know who you are and I love you for that, and those I never met, but took the time to read the book.

    I will always welcome more reviews and more ratings, sorry for that, but it all helps, though I am otherwise going to work on letting Be Cool go, which is always hard, and move onto the next thing.

    I'm sure I missed some of you who supported me and I apologize for that, but know you are appreciated and loved as well.

    A lot.

    Anyway, thank you all, and goodbye to all that.

  • "Be Cool is gorgeous." A most kind, and most appreciated, Be Cool review from Spectrum Culture.

    Truly kind indeed. And yes, truly appreciated. For more Spectrum Culture Be Cool review you may go here, and for some excerpt, you merely need to look below.

    "Tanzer’s SoCal-set personal Narnia is a risky proposition to introduce, but it works in the case of Be Cool because Tanzer doesn’t come off as overly cynical or out of touch with reality. Instead, his writerly persona comes off as warmhearted and hopeful, which serves the book particularly well in darker moments. Nonfiction is crowded with dark, depressing stories of personal tragedies (which is less the fault of writers and publishers and more a symptom of these dark times), but Tanzer doesn’t go down that road. Be Cool stays buoyant, optimistic and very readable even through cancer scares, personal loss, fertility struggles and other sad times."