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2. Vida Blue

2. Vida Blue

In 1971, his first full year in the major leagues, Vida Blue becomes a media sensation, a picture of him standing perched on the mound like a flamingo, knee at his chin, his right leg drawn in tight against his torso, on the cover of national magazines, the ever-present image of him delivering a pitch redeeming for…Continue Reading

1. The Mustache

1. The Mustache

The year is 1972 and in walks Reggie Jackson wearing a mustache. This is how he shows up at spring training, saying he hasn’t shaved all winter. His teammates, who love nothing more than to make fun of Reggie, grow mustaches too. . The idea is to surround Reggie with so many terrible mustaches that he…Continue Reading

Pavement

In all, I’ve written three manifestos and a short story about Pavement, and recorded one podcast. The short story is “Rattled by the Rush” and appeared in the Chicago Reader. The podcast is about “Give it a Day” and appeared as my eighth podcast. The manifestos are reproduced in Lost Joy and went like this:Continue Reading

Bookforum

Bookforum

REALLY well-done piece by my friend Ben about my books. He asks some very good questions. It was a phone interview. To avoid distraction I took the call in the car. To cut down on street noise I rolled up the windows. Don’t ever do this! It was 90-some degrees outside, about 120 inside, and once I’d…Continue Reading

Beatles Don’t Reunite

Beatles Don’t Reunite

Here is one of two posters I wrote to promote Slowness for our local farmers market. This was after I read Carl Honore(!). The whole thing was designed by Mark Lerner of Rag & Bone Shop.   Princeton Record Exchange paid $50 to get their name put on it.Continue Reading

Even Genius Snoozes

Even Genius Snoozes

Here is the other poster I wrote to promote Slowness for our local farmers market. It was designed by Mark Lerner/Rag & Bone Shop. It was printed and mounted with money I got from Princeton Record Exchange.Continue Reading

Camden Joy Podcast #22

Camden Joy Podcast #22

Donner Party was the first Sam Coomes band, or at least the first that I heard of. He had more success later with other bands in Portland and Elliott Smith. This album was almost released on Pitch-A-Tent Records. I heard “Birthday Suit” on a cassette I got from someone who briefly sorta resembled their manager. It finally saw…Continue Reading