Cover of The Hollywood Argyles
Sports Match Of The Ages! Books versus Music! And it is over! And Music has solidly trounced Books with all sorts of vaguely creepy war and fighting metaphors!
The Big “A” = The Big “M”: If you are looking for more in a Li’l Markie vein, you might want to check out this single by Gary S. Paxton, formerly of The Hollywood Argyles, who had a hit with “Alley Oop” (though the Bonzos also had a cut on it). It’s… pretty surprising and odd. I hope Negativland have a copy of this — if not, they need one. Still, though, I think that no matter one’s political stripe, we can all come together and agree that this record is pretty creepy.
No Thanks: Saw this linked at Dr. Frank’s (of MTX) blog, and it’s basically a list of things not to do on your book’s acknowledgement page, using the new Chuck Klosterman and Steve Almond books as examples. It’s pretty engaging reading and she makes some pretty good points. (The point about not thanking God, especially — always thought that was weird. “Sorry about not savin’ all those people, I was helpin’ some guy write a book about a Ninja Dinosaur!”) Though I don’t get the example cited in “Don’t Namedrop and Nickname Simultaneously”….