Sorry! I am a terrible blogger.
It was a busy week of getting technology hooked up and doing shows and writing things.
Let's begin with a lovely voice singing a lovely (wistful) song. If you're watching the "High Fidelity" reboot (or if you remember the famous "Garden State" soundtrack), you've gotten little tastes of Nick Drake. I actually think HF goofs by using "Pink Moon." Real music snobs would be bugged by its use in a 1999 VW commercial. (It has also been argued that the commercial relaunched the music of Nick Drake, who died young.)
Anyway,I recommend listening to a lot of his stuff, but I also really love this treatment by jazz singer Lizz Wright. More people should know her and Drake.
Here is this week's column, which offers up a name for this period of timeless confinement. And these are some shows we did this week, after we fled from the building, in reverse order. This was the HiFi episode of the Nose, but we talked about a lot of other things. We talked about life! And here's a show about the state of sports and Scrabble. We had some tech and guest problems, so that's why you hear me vamping sometimes. And if, unlike Ben Carson, you can't go to sleep standing up, you might want to listen to our show about sleep.
We have new heroes. Like Max Brooks (and his now famous Dad video).
But I also loved Max's interview last week on Marketplace. Especially when he explains why "it's us."
You get different culture heroes at a time like this.
I remember, in the days after 9/11, there were people like Don DeLillo who had just schemed the whole thing over and over in his novels for decades. He was, back then, the equivalent of someone right now like Emily St. John Mandel or the makers of "Contagion" – almost too prescient and right. Lawrence Wright keeps being that guy.
In 2001, after a certain segment of music fans had kind of turned against U2, it turned out they had released “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” with songs like “Grace” and it was as if they had made this “break shrink-wrap in case of emergency” CD, and suddenly they weren’t annoying anymore.