Reviews and Friends and Work

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Book Cellar on Thursday, I had a damn good time. And well done, thank you for tearing through their stock of The Slide. I’ve been assured more copies are on the way.

The February issue of St. Louis Magazine comes through with this nice little artilce featuring a great Mark Gilliland photograph taken in the new version of our beloved rocket slide. Looking forward to St. Louis this week. See you at Left Bank Books on Thursday night? Hell yes. Great. Great.

This morning I awoke to an email from Chris Bower, who has now posted his “Confederacy of Dunces: An Open Letter to Storytellers” to his website. It is worth reading, absolutely, especially if you live in Chicago or another city where people tell stories, or if you just happen to be a human being.

Some of us may have grown up in the country or in a suburb of a city.  Some of us grew up in the middle of a city.  Some of us grew up in the country surrounded with violence and despair.  Some of us grew up in the city being kissed by mayors and having our social security numbers stolen to start up gas service.  Some of us grew up in Suburbia feeling nothing could ever ever ever ever ever hurt us and some of us grew  up in Suburbia wondering if certain foods were fruits, vegetables or God forbid, legumes.

Also I want to include the following link to the artwork of David Metcalf, which I’ve long, long admired. God bless Louisville, KY. Thank you everyone else.

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