April 29th, 2013


Monday music: "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"

Graceland by Paul Simon was one of the seminal albums of my college years. Released in the fall of 1986, my first year at Fordham University, it was the subject of the first review I wrote for Fordham's the paper, though it was never printed due to a screwup. But the arts editors thought the review was great, and I had at least one review in every issue of the paper for the rest of that academic year, was made assistant arts editor in March 1987, and was the arts editor during sophomore and junior year, being bumped to executive editor senior year.

But I digress. Graceland was a superb album, Simon mixing in a bunch of rhythms from all across the world, the most compelling being the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Here's a live performance of "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" from the Graceland in Concert video, which had Simon playing with Ladysmith (as well as, elsewhere on the DVD, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela).

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    "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" by Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo
NYY, melky

13 for April '13 on the Pinstriped Bible

On the Pinstriped Bible, I provide a list of 13 notable things about the Yankees in April 2013 -- and 11 of them are positive! (Well, okay, one can go either way, but still....)

An excerpt:
9. They're bunting waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much. Okay, it's Friday night. The Yankees are facing the Jays, who have been forced to throw Mets castoff Laffey out there because Josh Johnson is hurt.* Laffey has just walked the worst hitter on the team, Ben Francisco, who had only walked twice prior to that, and who hadn't even gotten his OBP above .200 until that walk. So what does Brett Gardner do? Does he work the count on the Mets castoff who just walked the worst hitter on the team? No, he bunts on the second pitch, handing back the out that the Jays handed the Yanks when they walked the worst hitter on the team. Adding insult to injury, Laffey then walks Nix and Cano, loading the bases with only one out. The Yanks only scored one run in that inning, and it's primarily due to Gardner and Girardi playing baseball like it's the National League in 1964 and the pitcher's at bat. The Yanks are currently tied for second in the league in sacrifice hits, which is obscene. Notwithstanding #8 on this list [which was about how strong the Yanks' offense has been], this isn't a team that can afford to throw away outs.

* With Reyes on the DL, Johnson hurt, and John Buck traded to the Mets, the Jays currently only have the services of two of the five guys they got from the Marlins, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio.
  • Current Music
    "The Boy in the Bubble" by Paul Simon

see me, hear me over the next two weeks

On Wednesday 1 May from 7-9pm, I'll be at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art on Sullivan Street in Manhattan to join Denny O'Neil, Marie Javins, Stuart Moore, Matt Fraction, and moderator Danny Fingeroth for a talk on Iron Man at 50, just in time for some movie or other to open on Friday...

On Friday 3 May from 11.30pm-midnight, I'll be joining host Dr. Howard Margolin on Destinies: The Voice of Science Fiction on WUSB, 90.1 FM on Long Island, and also streaming online. I'll be talking about SCPD, the Leverage novel, Tales from Dragon Precinct, Ragnarok and Roll, and any number of other things, and likely doing a reading as well.

On Friday 10 May from 7.30-9.30pm, I'll be at Singularity & Co. on Bridge Street in Brooklyn to join New York Times best-selling author David Mack, along with Marco Palmieri, Emily Asher-Perrin, and curator Ryan Britt for I, Reader Special Edition: Star Trekking Into Darkness, as all four of us will be reading from various bits of Trek fiction.
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    the Yankees-Astros game on YES

what should I read?

So I'm doing the I, Reader Special Edition: Star Trekking Into Darkness next Friday at Singularity & Co., and I have absolutely no idea what to read.

I've got more than a dozen Trek novels that I can read excerpts from, I've got a mess of short stories I can read, not to mention all the Corps of Engineers eBooks. It's impossible to choose.

So I put it to you, the blog readers: what should I read next Friday? From one of the Gorkon/Klingon Empire novels? A Corps of Engineers story? A short story from one of the anniversary or Tales anthologies? From Articles of the Federation? One of my three TNG novels or two DS9 novels? Horn and Ivory? The Unhappy Ones? What?

Respond in the comments, please....
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    still the Yankee game