May 2008 Archives

“Attention, Heywood Jablom—Haywood Jablom—please meet your party in the baggage claim area—Haywood Jablom.”

I guess the announcer misread the name.

I am in L.A. for Book Expo America this weekend. I’ve been traveling—was just at the Sasquatch! festival last weekend, and wrote about it here. I also just wrote for Pitchfork about Al Green’s Lay It Down here.



Several people have reported that they’ve heard a voice very much like mine on All Things Considered the last couple of days, talking about Apple Records and musician-run labels. It’s true!

Geek alert: I am proud to say that I snuck references to Thom Kallor and Earth-3 into my latest column for The New Republic online, which concerns forwarded e-mail rumors about Barack Obama.

I had the honor of contributing to Mairead Case’s latest project: a very homemade cover of Caetano Veloso’s “Baby.”

a rotorvane craze


When all else fails, there’s always cooking: orzo with mustard greens and lemon zest, a warm chickpea salad with enough olive oil to power a lamp for three weeks, a kind of accidental bok choy kimchee, kale with some slivers of spring onions, tempeh and tofu broiled with a slightly spicy glaze, roasted spring turnips, spinach fettucine with nettles and garlic. Even at ostensibly stressful moments, it’s nice to fall back on turning stuff from the PSU farmer’s market into tasty things for my family and houseguests.

Yet another new blog (I think this makes six for me): Final Crisis Annotations. If you don’t know what Final Crisis is, or know but don’t care, I can guarantee that there will be nothing of interest to you over there—strictly ├╝bergeek stuff.

“Crickets” is taking a little time off, because Shouting Fire is currently down; when it’s back up, I’ll be back there too. In the meantime, why not go over to Ida’s new site and check out some of the MP3s they’ve got over there? Or perhaps the Bea Arthur and Stevie Wonder videos at Mincing Up the Morning?

free and cheap comics


I reviewed almost all of this year’s Free Comic Book Day comics over at Salon (gotta watch an ad if you’re not a subscriber). And if you shell out another 50 cents, you can probably pick up DC Universe 0, which I annotated over at The Savage Critic(s).