Selected from 15 years of radio-show archives and re-edited by the author, this wonderfully eclectic essay collection gives a glimpse into the thoughtful mind at work behind “The Vinyl Cafe.” From meditations on peacekeeping to praise for the toothpick, “The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks” runs the gamut from considered argument to light-hearted opinion. Whether McLean is visiting a forgotten corner of the Canadian Shield, a big-city doughnut factory, or Sir John A. Macdonald’s gravesite, his observations are absorbing, unexpected, and original. With thought-provoking proposals about the world we live in and introductions to the people he meets in his extensive travels across our country, “The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks” is informed by McLean’s intimate relationship with Canada and Canadians. Yet the collection is also an intriguing look at the writer himself–his past, his present, and his vision of the future. Sometimes funny, often wise, and always entertaining, “The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks” is sure to provide a wealth of reading pleasure that fans will return to again and again.