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March 20th, 2010

“Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes ’round/They sing ‘I’m in love. What’s that song?/I’m in love with that song.'” — the Replacements


yeah, yeah, yeah, there goes my youth. again.

Steve, on the biggest assholes he ever did sound for: “The Replacements. No, the Del Fuegos! No, they were both assholes, it’s a tie.”

The nicest guys? “The bigger the star, the more gracious the are. Billy Bragg — super-nice guy. Nicest bloke you could ever meet. I asked him, ‘What do you want in the monitors?’ he says, ‘Just the vocals, mate!'” And all the Chicago blues guys — Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor… all good. You know, Al Collins was just always nice, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker…”

You know what I want? I want to say a big f.u. to politics and I want to write again. Really write — here, and fiction, too. I’d like for someone to publish my damn book, cuz it’s good. It’s the story of a girl, and there’s a lot of suicide, not by the girl, and art, some by the girl, and some by other people, and funny situations.

“Well, that was just a situation.” — my Dear Granny, when she didn’t want to give up details

It’s not chick lit, but you’d like it anyway, ha. I want to finish my Dear Granny’s cookbook, too. I want to concentrate on my kids, and my students, my library work and the flowers and vegetables in my garden. I want to plant some asparagus and a kiwi vine at the new place.

And I want my husband getting back to music. He hasn’t played sax in I don’t even know how long. We’ll have space for a studio for him, at the new house. The piano can go in there. And we’ll have a library/studio for me. Also an office for both of us to share. And the new kitchen? Righteous. So we can cook up all the vegetables we grow in the garden.

“plant a little garden/eat a lot of peaches/try and find jesus/on your own.” — John Prine

happy first day of spring, y’all. here’s to some goodness for all of us, and some art, in the new season.

— wm


  1. The Other Laura says

    Happy first day of Spring!

    I want you to get all those “wants” too and we you do, show me how you did it, would ya?

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  2. WackyMummy says

    I want to read your book, too! But not your granny’s cookbook, but I’m not into cookbooks. ;)

    Happy spring!

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  3. Wacky Mommy says

    TOL, will do. WackyMummy, happy spring to you and your boy!

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  4. LIB says

    I think Leslie & I need to invite ourselves over to see the new place!

    March 21st, 2010 | #

  5. wacky cousin says

    I want to read the cookbook. I inherited a love of them. Either from her or from you.

    Hope you guys are having a great time this week!

    March 23rd, 2010 | #

  6. Nan says

    Cookbook, Ooooooh! Yes, politics is a time-sucker. Say ‘no’! (I’m saying that to make myself send a ‘no’ email today…) How is the move?

    March 25th, 2010 | #

  7. Vixen says

    Just write, right? Do it.

    Also, self publish your book (at least one copy) so I can read it. Please?

    March 26th, 2010 | #

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