Out Of My Mind—Episode 21 Show Notes


Re-Reading the Great Books of Our Youth with Holly Meyers from the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington

holly-meyersThis holiday season, you may see Baby Boomers, and pre-Baby Boomers, engaging in a new practice: revisiting the Great Books we all wound up reading, many of us under duress, in high school. According to Holly, the idea made sense: the books haven’t changed, but we have. We now have the life experience to see these books in new ways. Frankenstein, for example, is no longer a gross tale about making monsters from dead body parts, it’s a look into the both wondrous and hideous question of creating life, itself.

If you’d like to join the practice (sorry, I won’t be there with you), Holly explains why you should put Don Quixote, Frankenstein and Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine on your holiday reading list.

Novel Ideas for Encouraging Young Readers with Elliott Bay Book Company Bookseller Justus Joseph

justusJustus is yet another of the wonderful, articulate booksellers at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington. With the gather-the-family holidays approaching, she suggests ways, since we have our kids and grandkids in our clutches, to encourage them to put down their smartphones and pick up a book. Without giving away the surprise ending, we have to tell you that one of her suggestions practically knocked me off my feet.

The Elliott Bay Book Company is one of the great independent book stores in America. It’s located in Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle, Washington and it’s a great place to visit and browse books or chat with their highly-knowledgeable booksellers (like Holly and Justus). You can easily lose yourself for an afternoon, the way you did at the park or the zoo when you were a kid.

To connect with Holly, Justus and their bookseller colleagues, visit the Elliott Bay Book Company website.

And, for a great story into the history of the store and it’s values and culture, read this article from lithub.com.

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Episode 21: Listen on YouTube


Forget about fiddling around with podcast apps and players that don’t work when you want to listen to Out Of My Mind. We’ve moved all our episodes to YouTube. Don’t worry. We haven’t gone Hollywood, and you won’t have to look at Jay’s face for 17 minutes a week. It’s the same podcast you’ll find on iTunes but with a static picture slapped on it so YouTube thinks it’s a video.

Go to outofmymindpodcastonyoutube.com, pick what you want to listen to and enjoy.

Not only does listening on YouTube take fewer steps, but a single click on the Read Show Notes banner at the beginning and end of each show will take you right to the show notes. No more working your way through the website. In the coming weeks, we’ll post bonus interviews and comments from guests you won’t find anywhere else online. And we’ll take popular interviews and features and put them in their own videos so you can listen to them without having to listen to the entire program (do not tell Jay about this).

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