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Make sure to use extra virgin olive oil.

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Slightly modified: topped with avocado, edamame, and fresh coriander.

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Ashgate’s collection of essays on debut albums “Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself”  (edited by George Plasketes) finally came in the mail. !!! While I’ve been busy with diss work and have had to put just about everything else on hold because of it I’ve had a chance to glance at my essay “Ready for the House: Jandek’s Inert Unveiling” and some of the others in the collection as well. I’m looking forward to having the chance to read more. I’m also looking forward to having some *time* to read.

George, if you’re reading this, thanks for putting the collection together!

And now…back to the dissertation!

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Cover of "Ready for the House"

Cover of Ready for the House

I received an email today regarding a book chapter I wrote on Jandek’s Ready for the House. Ashgate Press will be mailing me a copy of the book within the next month or so.

Reminder to self: you are not like Woody Allen (who had at one time said that he won’t watch his own films (unlike Tom Cruise–this is a presumption. Sue me)). You will crack the spine. You will read the book. You will re-read the chapter after not having set eyes on it for nearly a year. Chewing gum and toothpicks should do the trick if needed.

On a different note, I’d like to offer a  big fat, heart-felt thank you to anyone and everyone who has helped make this chapter happen. It is all the better for your much appreciated contributions and guidance.

And, to Mr. Jandek, thanks for the music.

http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409441762

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I’m remembering the words of Jim Tenney from a decade and a half ago when in composition seminar he drove home the point that music does effect positive change in society. Jim used the Beatles–specifically Lennon’s contribution–as an example of music’s impact.

There are plenty of days when listening, making, and writing about music seems thankless,  pointless even.

A consolation: remember that change is sometimes a long and subtle process.

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I am not immune and it infiltrates my life. I am the first to admit to that! Ha!
Over the lunch hour we’ve taken to listening to the number ones at one (why no number twos at two?!). Rich decided a few weeks ago that he would prefer to listen to tunes rather than listen to talk radio on CBC. At first we put on some Jandek, then some 365 Days selections but then on a particularly lazy day just decided to switch the knob from FM to AM rather than drag out the computer and speakers. What was on the AM flip side of Radio 1? Zoomer Radio: the number ones at one.

“Is that Andy Williams?”
“Hey, I thought that was by the California Raisins?”
“Most Song Poems are better than this song.”
Olivia Newton John really peaked with Xanadu.”

This is our lunch hour.
We discuss the music being played. Today we had a conversation about the appropriation of popular music tunes for in-school church services. I had these at my elementary school growing up. “That’s What Friends Are For,” “One Tin Soldier,” “The Rose.” All of those good Catholic songs, you know.
Regarding conversations over lunch, there were some gems in there. Barbershop String Quartets. Inflammation Overload.
Glad I bought those rubber boots a decade ago with all the mashed potatoes on the sidewalk today and all.

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