It's true we flew to Salt Lake City and back yesterday so we could do a 90 minute workshop. It's also true that it was a long day and that we were shocked, shocked, to see Lucky Man, Inc. and the "This Blog Will Change Your Life" staff passed over for a MacArthur Genius grant. Still, there were many highlights during the journey and we will now share them with you post haste.
(1) We read the most interesting NY Times Sunday magazine profile on Justice John Paul Stevens and we think we love him.
(2) Delta airlines has a shockingly good biscotti that they serve with their morning coffee. It's really more of a cracker, but it's got just the right amount of crunchy going for it. That said, the brand name is "Biscoff" which we think is terrible and we plan to address this at the next shareholders meeting.
(3) Our iPod has been under the weather, but the rock stars at the Apple store made it all better in time for the trip. While there were many random songs we were very especially pleased to hear Intergalactic by the Beastie Boys. Now, it's true that we do love all things Beastie, though maybe not the new instrumental joint all that much, and yes, Sabotage is our very favorite in the Boys oeuvre, but the wordplay in Intergalactic, most awesome. I mean seriously check out this passage:
"From the family tree of old school hip hop
Kick off your shoes and relax your socks
The rhymes will spread just like a pox
Cause the music is live like an electric shock
I am known to do the Wop
Also known for the Flintstone Flop
Tammy D getting biz on the crop
Beastie Boys known to let the beat... drop
When I wrote graffiti my name was Slop
If my rap's soup my beats is stock
Step from the tables as I start to chop
I'm a lumber jack DJ Adrock
If you try to knock me you'll get mocked
I'll stir fry you in my wok
Your knees'll start shaking and your fingers pop
Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. Spock"
Right? Meanwhile, we would add, that we also got to hear "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys and we really do think its the greatest boy band song ever. Sure the bar is low, but the song is money.
(4) We had a very nice Brooklyn Bridge cold turkey sub at Gandolfo's New York delicatessen on Main Street. Check it out next time you're in the SLC.
(5) We started our final round of edits on "Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine." We are most excited and we will be sending it out soon. So, if you know anyone you think would be just dieing to (a) publish it, or (b) represent us, give us a shout, and we will be most appreciative.
(6) And, we finished Talk: A Novel in Dialogue by the Corey Mesler, and it rocked. Now yes, it was all talk and you know we were going to be a sucker for that, and yes its funny, and interesting, but man, could Corey write about more things we love? Coffee. The Simpsons. Ethan Hawke. The Twilight Zone. Kafka. Penny Hardaway. Watching sports with the sound off so you can read. Not to mention that fantastic Thurber quote referenced above - "Don't get it right, get it written." How sweet is that? Very. We plan to live that quote. What a great book, all awesome.
Finally, having finished Talk we will shortly be moving on to Powering the Devil's Circus by the illustrious Jason Jordan. More soon.