A confession

SInce this is a quiet, safe space, I can now confess that the outbreak of COVID-19 can be traced to the exact moment I told my therapist that I think I’m mostly OK as long as I have a fairly steady stream of things to look forward to.

I’m really sorry

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My 43rd Favorite Album of All Time

“Good News for People Who Love Bad News” by Modest Mouse (2004)

Best Song: “Bukowski”

Best Lyric (from “Black Cadillacs”):

And it’s true we named our children 
After towns that we’ve never been to

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My 44th Favorite Album of All Time


“Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” by the Smashing Pumpkins (1996)

Best Song: “Tonight Tonight”

Best Lyric: “And you know you’re never sure
But you’re sure you could be right
If you held yourself up to the light”

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My 45th Favorite Album Ever


“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” by Wilco (2002)

Best Song: “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”

Best Lyric (from “Reservations”): “Oh I’ve got reservations
About so many things
But not about you”

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My 46th Favorite Album Ever

“Oh My God, Charlie Darwin” by the Low Anthem (2008)

Best Song: “Champion Angel”

Best Lyric: (from “Cage the Songbird”) “As your chances go slipping to the past
You’re tortured by the changing of the seasons
And each grain of sand in the glass”

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Oh Hi

Is this thing on?

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New Orleans March 2015

All the great stuff today and what sticks with me forever is gonna be an entire pizza place crowd on Bourbon St exploding into dance moves when “Turn Down For What” came on

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Two Days After Someone Blew Up the Marathon

I’m nearly as guilty of this as anyone, I suppose. But amidst all the panic and sadness and worry on Monday, I couldn’t help but notice that people were actually speaking for themselves on the Internet. Now, of course, it’s back to sharing something George Takei said or Stephen Colbert or whoever this Patton Oswalt is, or reposting a picture that came out of some grief labaratory somewhere. I won’t say it was a good thing, because it was born out of sorrow and fear. But…it doesn’t have to be.

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I Keep My Visions To Myself (#492)

When I was in high school, every year the senior class had to trudge out to the football bleachers and pose for a class picture. You were allowed, encouraged even, to bring signs (yes, mine was an index card that said “If you can read this you’re standing too close”, ho ho ho). For years, for some reason, some seniors brought a sign that said, in its entirety, “STEVIE NICKS”. I wonder if anyone still does that. I wonder if any current high school kids know who Stevie Nicks is. I wonder if high school kids are even allowed to make their own signs anymore.

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No Joke, It’s Doing Me Harm (#493)

Hey, I’m tired a lot!

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