The first time Chris Tara-Browne ordered a cappuccino in Siberia, it tasted terrible. So he started a nationwide chain of American-style cafes.
In the wickedly bittersweet and hilarious You Must Go and Win, the Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy producers to catching fleas in a Williamsburg sublet. But Simone offers more than down-and-out tales of her time as a struggling musician: she has a rapier wit, slashing and burning her way through the absurdities of life, while offering surprising and poignant insights.
"Wonderful life journey"
"A 1915 Novel Is Now the Blueprint for a Real-Life Feminist Utopia" is from the April 14, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.
"Diamond Labs Say Theirs Are Forever Too - Even If They Were Made Yesterday" is from the August 9, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.
Anna Krestler is adrift. The Internet has draped itself, kudzu-like, over her brain, which makes it even more difficult to confront the question of what to do when she is dismissed from her job as a cubicle serf at a midtown law firm. Despite the exhortations of Leslie, her friend and volunteer life coach, Anna seeks refuge in the back alleys of Craigslist, where she connects with Taj, an adherent of a nebulous movement known as Nowism that occupies the most self-absorbed fringes of the art world.
"Vapid, but the actress who read it was great"
"Is the Pressure to Set New Records Turning Polar Adventure into a Lying Game?" is from the March 28, 2016 edition of PRI's The World.