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Travels, links, Song of the Week - F. Brett Cox

Nov. 22nd, 2009

12:24 pm - Travels, links, Song of the Week

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Weary from my travels and disinclined to write anything more than a sentence at a time occasionally at Facebook, I confess and repent of my negligence. So:

NYRSF Readings, 11/10: Had a marvelous time in New York, as always. Major thanks to curator Rob Killheffer and series host Jim Freund for having me. A great pleasure to meet my fellow reader, Terence Taylor, and to see everyone at the event. Special thanks to the AbFab vschanoes for hospitality and accommodations, not to mention setting up dinner Monday and lunch Tuesday. Shout out to nick_kaufmann for the best bagels in New York. And thanks to Amtrak for offering a travel option that doesn’t involve my getting on a plane or parking my car in Manhattan.

Interfictions Salon, Cambridge, MA, 11/13: An amazing evening. I truly didn’t know what to expect, but Brian Slattery and his musicians were extraordinary; the music fit the readings to perfection. My deepest appreciation to everyone who put this together, and everyone who attended.

Interesting link: My man Cormac McCarthy on writing and movies and stuff.

Discovered at the supermarket: In celebration of its 60th anniversary, in addition to a supefyingly ill-conceived vanity press scheme that has earned the righteous wrath of professional writers everywhere, Harlequin Books is issuing vintage reprints of several titles from the 1940s and 1950s, with original covers. I'm intrigued that, based on the covers and jacket copy, the books appear to be very noir, more Mickey Spillane than Barbara Cartland.

Song of the week: Those Darlins, "Red Light Love" (2009), animated and live. Via vschanoes, the host with the most. My old bandmate Richard asks, “How can we join this band? Is it the boots?” lizhand confirms that it is definitely the boots.

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From:nihilistic_kid
Date:November 22nd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
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Sadly, those Harlequin reissues have been edited for modern sensibilities, to eliminate the ranting about Negroes and whatnot. I can see why on one level, but on another it's just silly to make a big deal about bringing back the past but eliminating the warts.
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From:parttimedriver
Date:November 22nd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. It reminds me of the editing of old animation from the same era.
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From:leethomas
Date:November 22nd, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Great interview with McCarthy. Thanks for the link.
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From:parttimedriver
Date:November 22nd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome!
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