Bill Holm Essays Special

In the final episode of Season 3, Michael & Ethan dive into some creative nonfiction, sipping on this taste of the Midwest in essays by Bill Holm. Specifically: “The Grand Tour,” “Singing Latin in New Ulm,” and “The Music of Failure: Variations on an Idea.”

In this episode:

  • Michael is Queen Elizabeth I.

  • Michael planted a beer seed in Minnesota.

  • We are nothing if not willing to compromise everything about this show for profit.

  • We read to feel dumb.

  • Nihilism or something?

  • Ethan knows people like that.

  • We object to morals.

  • Ethan eventually makes his point.

  • We weren’t going to read theology. Oh well.

  • We debate about the Mississippi.

Their Mongo book kicking off Season 4 will be Of Human Bondage, by W. Somerset Maugham.  Join the discussion!  Go to the Contact page and put "Scotch Talk" in the Subject line.  We'd love to hear from you!  And submit your homework at the Michael & Ethan in a Room with Scotch page.

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"Kessy Swings Endless - (ID 349)" by Lobo Loco.  Used by permission.

"The Grim Reaper - II Presto" by Aitua.  Used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

"Thinking It Over" by Lee Rosevere.  Used under an Attribution License.

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