The blog shortcut, October 21 edition

This is how the 1st Avenue Hotel looked 91 years ago.

Reading is fun-da-mental.

Today in Cafe Society: • Counting up the cash Jesse Morreale paid for the 1st Avenue Hotel. • Westword restaurant-reviewing alum John Kessler shares memories of brew and beaver at the Wynkoop Brewing Co. • A free booze offer at Highlands Asian Grill. • The closure of Barron's Bar & Bistro. • Jason Sheehan talks about swimming in gluttony at Jax Fish House. • Theörie, located in the old Real World: Denver space, stops serving food.

Today in Backbeat Online:The Flobots' "Handlebars" turns platinum. • A look at the fleshy new 3Oh!3 video.

Today in The Latest Word:Words about last night's Broncos blowout that don't start with "F." • A true tale of Denver boot-ing. • The link between Bob Beauprez, robo-calls and The Solidarity Institute. • Behind the scenes at KS-107.5's exclusive Barack Obama interview. • A look at the George W. Bush-John McCain Hug Mobile. Awwwww. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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