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Sam Cooke 33 1/3 Zoom talk on April 19

I'll be giving a talk on Zoom via the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, on April 19, at 8 PM EST. I'll be in conversation about the book, will read a bit from it, and take questions. Whole thing will last about an hour. You can sign up here to electronically attend the event.

Just ran 3000 stairs. This morning I wrote an op-ed on Charles Mingus, and an introduction--I decided to do it--for There Is No Doubt: Storied Humanness, which is here.

In addition to all of that, this week I've worked on nine short stories, put up what will now be twelve entries in this journal, and finished one of the two Beatles books.

Here is last night's radio interview about George Bernard Shaw's music criticism, the first take of the Smiths' "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," the most difficult hockey team to beat in a seven game series, W.W. Jacobs' story, "The Monkey's Paw," via a CBC radio broadcast from 1980, and old time baseball slugger Gavvy Cravath.

I may have come up with another story idea while running the stairs. I have to think about it. I did head work on two important stories, which for the purposes of right now, I'll just refer to as the pitching one and the building one. I don't want to be saying what the titles might be. Some things have to stay with me during certain parts of the process, but I still want them noted in this record. People will know to what I'm referring later. Also, I came up with another story several days ago, which I'll call the fish one.

This is an Edward Hopper watercolor from 1948 of the Eastham Universalist Church. I just like it and it makes me think about getting my house back in Rockport and a house on Cape Cod, which is where Eastham is. This just looks like the Cape.


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