Several years ago, an editor asked a novelist to write something for a weekly newspaper.
“I was like, I’m a fiction writer,” said Samuel Ligon, the novelist.
OK, said Jacob Fries, the editor, how about a booze column?
“No,” Ligon replied.
But eventually, Fries got Ligon to write for the Inlander, a 25-year-old free weekly in Spokane, Washington.