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Idyll Banter - Weekly Excursions to a Very Small Town-logo

Idyll Banter - Weekly Excursions to a Very Small Town

Chris Bohjalian

In March 1986, while living in Brooklyn, Chris Bohjalian and his wife were cab-napped on a Saturday night and taken on a forty-five-minute joy ride in which the driver ignored all traffic lights and stop signs. Around midnight he deposited the young couple on a near-deserted street, where police officers were about to storm a crack house. Bohjalian and his wife were told to hit the ground for their own protection. While lying on the pavement, Bohjalian's wife suggested that perhaps it was time to move to New England. Months later they traded in their co-op in Brooklyn for a century-old Victorian house in Lincoln, Vermont (population 975), and Bohjalian began chronicling life in that town in a wide variety of magazine essays and in his newspaper column, "Idyll Banter." These pieces, written weekly for twelve years and collected here for the first time, serve as a diary of both this writer's life and how America has been transformed in the last decade. Rich with idiosyncratic universals that come with being a parent, a child, and a spouse, Chris Bohjalian's personal observations are a reflection of our own common experience. "Chris Bohjalian is a terrific columnist-thoughtful and thought-provoking. Just like me! No, really, this guy is good." -Dave Barry, author of Boogers Are My Beat "The best book I've ever read about life in a contemporary village. There's no doubt that Chris Bohjalian has established himself as one of America's finest, most thoughtful, and most humane writers." -Howard Frank Mosher From the Hardcover edition.

In March 1986, while living in Brooklyn, Chris Bohjalian and his wife were cab-napped on a Saturday night and taken on a forty-five-minute joy ride in which the driver ignored all traffic lights and stop signs. Around midnight he deposited the young couple on a near-deserted street, where police officers were about to storm a crack house. Bohjalian and his wife were told to hit the ground for their own protection. While lying on the pavement, Bohjalian's wife suggested that perhaps it was time to move to New England. Months later they traded in their co-op in Brooklyn for a century-old Victorian house in Lincoln, Vermont (population 975), and Bohjalian began chronicling life in that town in a wide variety of magazine essays and in his newspaper column, "Idyll Banter." These pieces, written weekly for twelve years and collected here for the first time, serve as a diary of both this writer's life and how America has been transformed in the last decade. Rich with idiosyncratic universals that come with being a parent, a child, and a spouse, Chris Bohjalian's personal observations are a reflection of our own common experience. "Chris Bohjalian is a terrific columnist-thoughtful and thought-provoking. Just like me! No, really, this guy is good." -Dave Barry, author of Boogers Are My Beat "The best book I've ever read about life in a contemporary village. There's no doubt that Chris Bohjalian has established himself as one of America's finest, most thoughtful, and most humane writers." -Howard Frank Mosher From the Hardcover edition.
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In March 1986, while living in Brooklyn, Chris Bohjalian and his wife were cab-napped on a Saturday night and taken on a forty-five-minute joy ride in which the driver ignored all traffic lights and stop signs. Around midnight he deposited the young couple on a near-deserted street, where police officers were about to storm a crack house. Bohjalian and his wife were told to hit the ground for their own protection. While lying on the pavement, Bohjalian's wife suggested that perhaps it was time to move to New England. Months later they traded in their co-op in Brooklyn for a century-old Victorian house in Lincoln, Vermont (population 975), and Bohjalian began chronicling life in that town in a wide variety of magazine essays and in his newspaper column, "Idyll Banter." These pieces, written weekly for twelve years and collected here for the first time, serve as a diary of both this writer's life and how America has been transformed in the last decade. Rich with idiosyncratic universals that come with being a parent, a child, and a spouse, Chris Bohjalian's personal observations are a reflection of our own common experience. "Chris Bohjalian is a terrific columnist-thoughtful and thought-provoking. Just like me! No, really, this guy is good." -Dave Barry, author of Boogers Are My Beat "The best book I've ever read about life in a contemporary village. There's no doubt that Chris Bohjalian has established himself as one of America's finest, most thoughtful, and most humane writers." -Howard Frank Mosher From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 34m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:19


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:39


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:25


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:29


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:00


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:43


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:33


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:40


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:08


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:29