- Tomorrow is the start of National Library Week and, therefore, South Dakota Library Week. Among other things, the local library is arranging a Blind Date with a Book.
Frozen Four Notes
- Attending my third Frozen Four in nine years. This year I’m sitting less than 10 feet from Barry Melrose and the rest of the ESPN crew, who are seated at center ice on the first level on a platform built for the telecast. But I’m still a rookie. One guy I talked to from Boston is at his 14th consecutive Frozen Four.
- Explaining my interest in NCAA hockey, there are 25 USHL alumni in tonight’s title game, including three from the Sioux Falls Stampede. All together, there were 58 USHL alumni on the four teams, eight from the Stampede.
- The Frozen Four can be expensive and I’m not just talking souvenir prices (a long sleeve tee and cap being mandatory purchases). The 40+ hour interval between the semifinals and the championship game leaves far too much time to wander bookstores in the Twin Cities, meaning I’ll be going home with at least 10 books more than I arrived with (the trip isn’t over yet).
- One of the stops on my bookstore tour in the Cities was Micawber’s Books, an indie in st. Paul. You gotta love a book store that has a permanent display for New York Review Books. Responding to the enticement, I left with two of them.
- Roberto Bolaño calls Philip K. Dick one of the ten best American writers of the 20th century.
- Is It Worthwhile To Review Crappy, Obscure Novels?
- Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad won the 2011 Tournament of Books.
- Who’da thunk it? Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica makes the National Recording Registery. Also among the 25 selectrees was Steely Dan’s Aja.
- Make it stop! I said this weeks ago — and I don’t even live there.
- Given the prior entry, it is a shame the concept to turn the THC in marijuana into a painkiller hasn’t come to fruition.
My teeth weren’t that good to begin with, so hopefully I can get some better ones.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith
after losing seven teeth to a hockey puck in May 2010