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Arts & Culture

A Salute To Firewood

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We started thinking about this show because of a much-circulated New York Times article on a Norwegian prime time TV show, watched by one-fifth of the population there, about firewood. The show was inspired by a bestseller called “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood — and the Soul of Wood-Burning."

In the first few minutes they got 60 text messages complaining about the way the wood was being stacked. Apparently in Norway, wood stacking is analogous to those barbecues where five guys stand around one guy telling him how to grill stuff.

But it was that phrase "the Soul of Wood-Burning" that I kept coming back to. Because when you talk to firewood addicts -- the people who pull a U-turn when they drive by some usable downed wood by the road -- they do talk about a different state of mind and a zen connection to where their heat comes from. So let's find out about that on today's show.

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Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. Colin can be reached at colin@ctpublic.org.

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