Saturday, October 28, 2006

Books, Bands, and Blatant Self-promotion

Hi there, writers, poets, lit & music lovers. Needing a net distraction? Here ya go:
[warning: blatant self-promotion contained in the following]

You got here because you dig music, books, lit, or all of the aforementioned. Welcome or welcome back. If you read this blog and enjoy it, pls let me know.

Rockin' Fun: I worked my way into free tix to V-Fest Baltimore - American Inaugural - by pitching a review to a respectable, engaging, and up-and-coming online music pub (see links following). See my write-up for my thoughts on this amazing day of live music, which was mostly rock with a bit of club, trance, and Americana tossed in. This assemblage of diverse people was, overall, a success. Dare I say the spirit of the '60s was present here?

OK, a teaser: the Who, the Killers, Wolfmother, the Raconteurs, Flaming Lips, and others were there. I wanted to interview some bands, but alas, my venture into medical sales, insurance marketing, and other nonsensical diversions somehow have delayed my rock-journalism greatness. In other words, Rolling Stone should be calling any moment... or, realistically, I need to pitch to their editors. Feel free to write them and demand a column by me -- I'd appreciate the plug.

Anyway, here's the link and enjoy. Pls leave a comment after reading:
V Fest Review

Books I'm reading currently (my relatives would like to think I'm digesting another Michael Moore book or other liberal offering. I can't really stand his books, but his films are enlightening): St. Martin's Guide to Writing (fifth ed.), A Guide to Composition Pedagogies (Oxford), Teaching Grammar in Context (C. Weaver), The Royal Family by Vollmann -- 160 pgs in, concerns itself with the humanity and desperate lives of San Fran prostitutes - some short stuff from the latest McSweeney's, articles in Poets & Writers, poems by WS Merwin, and with all my extra free time, selections -- OK, skimming -- Seeing and Writing by Bedford/St. Martin's. So many books, so little time to read them. This working and sleeping keeps getting in my way. Until next time, happy surfing and reading. Drop me a line about your reads. Or not.

“We need a little more compassion, and if we cannot have it then no politician or even a magician can save the planet.” – the Dalai Lama

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” – the Dalai Lama

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