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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Joe Stange -

"For me, this smacked of something I could not put my finger on."

Excessive snarkery, maybe. I'm often guilty of it.

I'm looking at Chuck's thing as an experiment and interested to see how it goes.

It's worth noting that he's oening himself up to greater criticism by putting his work up for sale. Whereas if you give it away for free on your blog or youtube, people are unlikely to complain either way. In Chuck's case, he will no doubt hear from people, directly or indirectly, letting him know if they thought it was worth $5.

Brian Stechschulte -

Hey Alan,

Thanks for your support regarding my quibble with DRAFT Magazine. It's terribly frustrating to see how little they respect the creative work of others and hide behind an improper interpretation of fair use. I don't make a living entirely off my work, but I have sold work to supplement my income.

For several years I've avoided using watermarks. I hate them. I think they take away from photos, but after having my work lifted over a dozen times by websites in the last year I feel I have no choice. It may not prevent people from using the image, like in the case of DRAFT magazine, but at least it illustrates the photo's source if and when it happens and makes it easier to have removed when threatening copyright infringement.


Alan -

One thing that I think is very much in Chuck's favour is that he is clearly investing in his topic. All the trips to Belgium represent a huge commitment to his subject. Me, all I do is drive down to Syracuse or Rochester a few times a year.

Jeff Alworth -

If I thought I could get people to pay for my bloggy scribblings, I'd charge. But then they'd just read you instead.