Bonus Labor Day Potpourri

I’m letting lunch settle before I go for a walk and come home for some class prep, so I thought I’d share a little bit of this and that while I wait.

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First off, I’d like to put in a plug for a friend of mine’s blog. Will was a classmate of mine at the small college I attended for a couple of years after high school. He was there on the same scholarship I had, but unlike me, he kept his, and went on to become a math prof at a college in Kentucky that bears similarities both to our mutual alma mater and Mondoville. He’s also a restaurant-quality music buff (we initially met through the college radio station), and his blog, The Music of My Life, is a nifty exploration of memoir-with-soundtrack. We were and are friends (although I suspect I was the evil-Spock-with-a-goatee version of him in more than a few ways), but I’d recommend the blog even if I didn’t know him that well — it’s good reading. And listening.

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Speaking of music, I’ve mentioned the odd story of “outsider band” The Shaggs in past installments. As it happens, the two surviving members of the trio — Betty and Dot Wiggin (the drummer, their sister Helen, died in 2006) recently did a rare gig at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, and the New Yorker has covered this as well. Check it out.

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I spent some of last night and this morning reviewing line edits for the reissue of Broken Glass Waltzes (with a nifty new pulp-style cover with art by James Ray Tuck) that will come out in October. Some of the edits seem to have been matters of house style, but several others I think were distinct improvements, so I’m grateful to the folks at Down & Out for the chance to make my book better. I hope you’ll get to enjoy it soon as well.

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And with that, I really need to get started on my stroll, but here’s a bit of the music I like to listen to while I alternate feet. I hope the long weekend has treated you well, and that we see one another soon!

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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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