We are about to ramp up two of our most popular features this fall. We have Oktoberfest (you guessed it) in October (a different German beer each and every day), and November of Mixed Drinks (good job detective) in November (a different mixed drink each and every day).
As we look ahead to the future I have a special offer for you, dear reader. A mint copy of the newest Lapham’s Quarterly entitled “The Future”. It contains writings from antiquity and relatively recently all on the topic of the future.
12th person to email me saying they want it (and who wouldn’t?) gets it mailed directly to them.
Start your engines, and enjoy the last breaths of Summer.
Call for help (not urgent nor an emergency)
I have been challenged by a friend to do something that initially sounded like a lot of fun, and turned out to be incredibly tough for several reasons. Here’s the challenge, and some of that other stuff below.
A mutual friend has a ~12 year old daughter who is fantastic, well-adjusted, etc., but she has a problem. She does not like current Top 40 music (or high school musical, or glee, or whatever most of her peers are listening to). The challenge is to make a mixed CD (or playlist) that is age appropriate, does not suck, and will give her a headstart into appreciating “good music” as a young adult. Any help would be appreciated.
- I am very much out of touch with what is popular now, so I most likely don’t know what a good recommendation is.
- "Age appropriate" is a vague term at best. Use your best judgment.
- Should the mix be consistent (only one style of music/only one theme etc.)?
- I desperately do not want to be like the assistant coach of my 7th grade soccer team, and try to push “stryper” onto anyone (everyone). It has to be cool now, and cool later.
- Nothing patronizing.
Several albums each week
Here’s a twitter account (and an anonymous one at that) with the twitter constraints for album reviews, except it’s not just albums, it’s entire discographies. For example:
Smashing Pumpkins: 1-2 grandiose delusions; 3 Hubris!; 4-6 “Acquired Situational Narcissism” (cf. DSM-IV); 7 feelings of entitlement.
Bob Dylan: 1 Woody; 2, 3 ambition; 4 pot; 5-7 speed; 8-9 pot; 10-11 AJ Weberman; 12-16 booze; 17-19 Jesus; 20-27 pot; 28 death; 29-32 pot.
You are hereby encouraged to view it here