Plus more book news, and my weekly shareables return: Country radio, Moravian cookies, and so many golden retrievers
A very selfish thank you for the Looney Tunes endorsement! My last-minute Airbnb on Wednesday night was an Airstream trailer in Mt. Airy, which turned out to have the twin bonuses of being located up the hill from an ice cream stand and having a DVD player hooked up to its TV. I chose the Woody Woodpecker box set from the camper's library, since I realized I knew nothing about the character. (The lifetime legacy of Saturday morning Hebrew school is cartoon illiteracy.) Those were a few peak summer hours--which feel more meaningful now that I've read your column. Appreciate it.
Taylor Swift and Moravian sugar cookies - thank you! My North Carolina relatives sent Moravian sugar cookies north for my wedding, but I didn't know the story.
reddit from 7 years ago:
Riddle: there are 49 dogs identical to yours in a room. How do you determine your dog? Shortly in the answers is: I would take all 50 home and live like a king.
128 responses to that answer some saying THIS is the true answer. Others saying STOP answers, we have a winner. Others saying No, what is the real answer. Then responses to that- Have you ever HAD A DOG?
A classic without peer.
Honeysuckle Blue great song! Thanks Tommy
My wife is perplexed that I still buy CDs. Sometimes I don't even open them. But there are certain bands -- like you mentioned -- that I simply want to support. There is also something to be said for having full the collections of some bands' output (R.E.M., Over the Rhine, Trampled By Turtles, The Avett Brothers, The Police, U2...). And lately, I have a renewed interest in seeing all the album (CD) artwork and liner notes. (My son buying vinyl might have something to do with that.) Some bands just have interesting stories! After reading Margo Price's memoir recently, I simply had to get a copy of her first album, Midwest Farmer's Daughter. (And, from there, had to get her next three to have the complete collection.) It's an art, not a science -- but there is still room for a range of formats. And you're right, some moments call for that cranked up CD sound when a streamed version simply won't do...
Tommy, do you plan to have a signing session at Park Road Books?