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Updated: 2017-11-11T09:43:05.050-05:00


Now available in paperback!


Sharp: A Memoir. William Morrow & Co, 2012. Print.We lost 4 members of the Guilford High School Class of 84: David Ciardello, Richard Eaton, Ronnie Burns, and Lars Schulze. We almost lost David Fitzpatrick. David Fitzpatrick was our most beloved classmate. He was popular, but always nice to kids on the outskirts like me. Although he was a class clown, he always respected his teachers and often made them laugh along. He was voted best personality and best smile. He was our golden boy, and he made school a lot more fun.I remember looking around for David at one of our high school reunions, and learned that he had had a nervous breakdown and was living in a group home in a bad neighborhood in New Haven. It was whispered that he had gained a couple of hundred pounds and was zonked out on anti-psychotic drugs. It was one of the heartbreaking stories I had ever heard. No one thought any less of David, we were just sad and we missed him dearly.Nearly 20 years later, David has emerged from the hell of mental illness. And he isn't just surviving--he is triumphing. At the age of 40, after nearly 2 decades of institutional living, he went back to college and earned his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in creative writing from Fairfield University. He married a beautiful, intelligent woman who is a professional writer and graphic designer.Not only is David living a healthy and productive life, he has accomplished every writer's dream--he has completed a riveting memoir which is being published by HarperCollins, and hits the shelves on August 21st.Our prayers have been answered. Fitzy is back.And he's getting rave reviews:"He writes with a personal urgency initially tapped by author Wally Lamb, who encouraged him to commit his experiences to paper. Fitzpatrick slam-dunks readers into the grim, murky bowels of his psychotic ordeal, yet provides a promising coda for himself and those jonesing for a 'normal' life." --Kirkus"In this mesmeric, dire memoir of his agonizing journey through hell and back, Fitzpatrick takes extraordinary care in re-creating the cerebral maelstrom that brought on the first breakdown at age 23." --Publisher's Weekly."Harrowing. Fitzpatrick's own story pales in comparison to those of some of his fellow patients. Readers will be haunted by these accounts but gratified by the author's hard-fought battle with the demons that drove him to carve into his own skin." --Library JournalThis month's Connecticut Magazine has a great article about David's writing and his friendship with author Wally Lamb and book agent Richard Abate. HarperCollins was hesitant at first about publishing the memoir due its dark subject matter. Wally Lamb helped convince the editors that David Fitzpatrick's work is as noteworthy as William Styron's classic Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, and that it's a story that needs to be told. Like Styron's book, Sharp offers a beautifully written, insider's view of surviving the terror of mental illness.Sharp is one of the best memoirs I've ever read. It ranks right up there with Dry by Augusten Burroughs, Breakdowns by Art Spiegelman, and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen.[...]

Happy Purim!!!!


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My rendition of The Purim Somg by Alison Faith Levy.

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'Twas the night before Thanksgiving . . .


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Singalong: Sparklehorse and tiaras


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This Land is Your Land: Le Petit Prince shirt


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What's a Funaro?


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Singalong: Tom Tom Club shirt


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Singalong: Dotty dress


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And Your Cat Can Sing: Ground Control to Major Tom Cat


Here are a few picture books for people who like singing cats: Barrett, Ron. Cats Got Talent. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014. Print.  Donaldson, Julia, and Axel Scheffler. Tabby McTat, the Musical Cat. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012. Print. Jaunn, Adele. Caruso's Song to the Moon. South Melbourne, Vic: Lothian Books, 2004. Print. Litwin, Eric, and James Dean. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. New York, NY: Harper, 2012. Print. My cat is a pretty good singer. He got lost once, and the folks who found him named him Piper because of his musical abilities. His real name is Kitty.Here's a short clip of Kitty singing David Bowie's Space Oddity with me. (If you don't see the video box below, click here or go to view.)"Ground Control to Major Tom Cat."ps. I highly recommend buying David Bowie's music at my friend Al's record store, Exile on Main Street in Branford, Connecticut. You can even shop Back in the 80's, Al was my boss at Cutler's Records in New Haven. The Cutlers were really nice. They had a cat named Sheba who lived in the store.ppps. The song Space Oddity is covered by two of my favorite actors in two of my favorite movies. Adam Sandler covers the song in Mr. Deeds, and Kristin Wiig sings it in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. pppps. Whoa! Here's a coincidence that never occurred to me before typing the previous sentence . . . James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty takes place in New Milford, Connecticut, and some of the scenes of Mr. Deeds were filmed in New Milford, Connecticut! I'll have to ask my cousin Allen Covert if he ever noticed the connection. ppppps. The last time I saw Allen was Christmas Day in 2000, so he might not remember me. pppppps. Here is a video clip of Adam Sandler singing Space Oddity in Mr. Deeds, and here is a clip of Kristen Wiig singing along with the David Bowie recording.[...]

Happy Hanukkah!


Here's a link to my short review of Daniel Pinkwater's wonderful picture book.

More books to match your costume


My post on finding a book to match your costume is featured in this morning's ALSC blog. Here are a few more ideas:

Record Store Day & National Library Week


Since Record Store Day and National Library Week collided this year on April 19th, I celebrated by gathering  library quotes from some of my favorite record players. I met my wife Elizabeth when she was a library assistant in college I frequented the library often and my grades went up. --Mike BortkeAs a wee Beatle-infected child at home in my room, reading about music was the perfect companion to listening TO music … especially after the parental units had yelled in the direction of my record player: "Turn that DOWN!" Once I "grew up" (sort of) and became an actual music maker myself though, the library was always the ideal place on the road on tour to settle down and let ones ears cool off. Until whoever was driving the van would yell "C'mon Gary, let's Go! We're LATE!"--Gary Pig Gold I used to read Rolling Stone in my school library. It was there that I first saw pictures of the CBGB crowd....some of whom are my friends to this day!--Richard Citroen  I had two greet aunts who were Oakland librarians for over forty years each. One became head of purchasing as well as the History archives. She dropped out of high school to work at the library. The other was branch librarian. The love of libraries runs in the family.-- Christie Eikeberg SulaimanWithout books and films, I would never have picked up a pen in earnest…--Alan Moore ps. Don't worry if you missed Record Store Day. To make up for it, I recommend pre-ordering the new Camper Van Beethoven album, El Camino Real. Every day is a good day to buy music. [...]

National Library Week 2014


Happy National Library Week! To celebrate, I asked some of my music friends how libraries have influenced their lives. I couldn't afford sheet music in high school. The public library was the source of probably 75% of the music I learned to play during those years. --Jessica AuckJessica AuckLiterature is the single biggest influence in my life. There really is such a thing as a time machine. It's called a book. Our band has incorporated famous literary quotes and classic poetry into all our albums. One of our most popular songs is "I'm in Love with a Librarian." --Doug Fredericksen Doug Fredericksen I used to go to the University of Oregon library and copy old folk songs out of a few books they had there. Old English ballads and whatnot.--Joel SwensenJoel Swensen, my brotherI started playing guitar after I became a teacher some 25 years ago. I soon realized how many poems and stories I could bring to life through song. I had a parent that suggested I play for a story night at our public library. I did and it became a regular thing. It lead to a radio show on public radio and a band I play in plays annually for the library's Fall Festival. The library is a wonderful place for community and the written, and spoken word. I love the way stories cater to all ages. --Kevin BarryKevin BarryI know a lot about the history of Rock & Roll through reading, and it helps on my radio show. Go to WMFO.ORG Saturdays 1pm to 4pm. --Brian Young Brian YoungZen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance . . . It changed me.--Jason Ohiyesa CrossmanHooked on Phonics changed my life![...]

David Díaz is coming to town!


Thanks to a generous gift from the Charles P. Ferro Foundation, renowned children's book illustrator David Díaz is coming to the NSU Alvin Sherman Library next month to help us celebrate Children's Book Week. Click here for program details.David Díaz was awarded the most prestigious illustration honor in the United States--the American Library Association’s Caldecott Medal*--for his groundbreaking 1995 picture book, Smoky Night. Since then, Díaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children including Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert winner of the 2012 Pura Belpré Medal, and The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor, and Pura Belpré Honor Award winning titles The Pot that Juan Built, Me, Frida, and Diego: Bigger Than Life. *I am honored to be on the ballot for the 2016 Caldecott Book Award Committee. If you are a member of ALSC, please vote for me. Thank you!  [...]

Telling Tales


Brown, Marcia, and Robert L. Egolf. Stone Soup: An Old Tale. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1947.A couple of weeks ago I read and told folktales to a group of visiting kindergartners. The children really surprised me with their reactions. I started with one of my childhood favorites Stone Soup about three hungry French soldiers who visit a town in search of a bite to eat. I asked the kids how they could tell it was an old story. I was expecting them to mention that the villagers didn't keep their food in a refrigerator, or that the streets were made of stones instead of cement, or that they cooked over a fire instead of an oven. Instead, one of the children shouted out "because there were Nazis!" Next I told the class a story from Ghana about Anansi the Spider, and they thought I had said "Nazi the Spider."Kimmel, Eric A, and Janet Stevens. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock. New York: Holiday House, 1988. It turned out that the children (kindergartners!) had recently learned about the Holocaust. I decided to switch my lesson plans around a bit and told the story of The Three Little Pigs. Afterward, we discussed who was meaner--Anansi the trickster or the Big Bad Wolf. (I left Hitler out of it.)Galdone, Paul. The Three Little Pigs: A Folk Tale Classic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.[...]

Business and Leadership Books


My friend Vicki recently asked me to post a list of "10 things you might not know about me" on Facebook. This is the only entry that surprised my friends:"I like to read pop business and leadership books. Right now I'm reading Garrett Miller's Hire on a WHIM: Four Qualities That Make for Great Employees. It's a fast read and offers great practical advice."For the past 20 years or so, I have been reading business and leadership books. These books offer great advice for people in all fields of work, even children's librarianship. Here are a few of my favorites:1. Hired Right Out of College by Garrett Miller. Miller, Garrett, Marilyn Gasior, and Victor B. Miller. Hired 'right' Out of College: From Classes to Career : a Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering the Career You Were Born to Pursue. Indianapolis, IN: Dog Ear Publishing, 2012. Print. ISN: 9781457511363.This career advice book is the next What Color is Your Parachute. Miller offers practical information in a concise and well-organized manner. Miller writes: "You can't be anything that you want to be, but you should be what you have been gifted to be." Miller's advice is  down-to-earth and inspirational at the same time.  2. Hire on a WHIM by Garrett Miller. Miller, Garrett, Jim Thrasher, and Adele M. Annesi. Hire on a Whim: The Four Qualities That Make for Great Employees. Indianapolis, IN: Dog Ear Pub, 2010. Print. ISN: 9781608445417.There is more to hiring than just picking the candidate with the most charming personality. This  book is a must-read for anyone serving on a hiring committee. It can also be used as a manual for acing your next job interview.  3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.Sandberg, Sheryl. Lean in: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Print. ISN: 9780385349949."Sandberg’s advice to young women to be more ambitious, which can sound like a finger-wagging admonishment when taken out of context, is framed here in more encouraging terms — 'What would you do if you weren’t afraid?'— addressing the self-doubt that still holds many women back." --Anne-Marie Slaughter, The New York Times. 4. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson. Blanchard, Kenneth H, and Spencer Johnson. The One Minute Manager. New York: Morrow, 1982. Print. The One Minute Manager is included in the Time Magazine's list of "25 Most Influential Business Management Books." It is included in my top 5 because it offers simple steps to becoming a fair and productive leader. This is a fast read, of course.5. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.Peale, Norman V. The Power of Positive Thinking. New York: Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1952. Print. ISN: 9780743234801."The name of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale will forever be associated with the wondrously American values of optimism and service. Dr. Peale was an optimist who believed that, whatever the antagonisms and complexities of modern life brought us, anyone could prevail by approaching life with a simple sense of faith." --President Bill Clinton.6. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends & Influence People. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1937. Print. ISN: 9780671027032."The book, a paean to integrity, good humor and warmth in the name of amicable capitalism, is as wholesome as a Norman Rockwell painting." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times.[...]

Best Albums of 2013


In alphabetical order by title:Camper Van Beethoven, La Costa Perdida*"For 30 years and counting, Camper Van Beethoven have existed in a parallel-universe borderland, coming across like a punk band perpetually on a Balkan bluegrass bender. But they finally bring it all back home to their native California on 10th album, La Costa Perdida, recalling '60s-vintage West Coast pop filtered through their timeless, idiosyncratic prism."--David Menconi, SPIN, January 14, 2013Henry Plotnick, Fields "11-year-old Henry Plotnick, like Mozart before him, is a childhood virtuoso, and his debut album Fields illustrates his indebtedness to his own teachers: Philip Glass, Brian Eno, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Keith Jarrett, and Cluster." --Paul Gleason, Caught in the Carousel The Dangers, Gold" . . . the influence of The Kinks and The Beatles runs as strong as ever through the band’s power pop gems." --Vanessa Franko, The Press-EnterpriseJonathan Segel, Horseshoes & Hand GrenadesIf you like Adrian Belew, George Harrison, Sparklehorse, and Lou Reed, you will love Jonathan Segel. Felsen, I Don't Know How to Talk Anymore “Felsen's 'I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore' - it’s the band’s most potent and thought-provoking album yet. There are individual gems, including the title track, as well as 'Gunfighting at Dawn,' 'Tierra Del Fuego' and 'Lorazepam.' But Andrew Griffin and company have also succeeded in making the album a cohesive entity. Powerful songs."--San Jose Mercury New Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, Under the Covers Vol. 3 Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs have great taste in music. They cover favorite songs from the '80s including Girls Talk by Elvis Costello, More Than This by Roxy Music, and Train in Vain by The Clash. What makes this album special is that all of the songs are easier to sing along to than the original versions. If you like to sing, you will love this album.*Since "la" is an article, I alphabetized this album under "c" for Costa.[...]

Top Ten Books of 2013


Here are my picks for 2013:1. We Are Water by Wally LambLamb, Wally. We Are Water. HarperCollins, 2013. Print. “We are water: ‘fluid, flexible when we have to be. But strong and destructive, too.’ That’s evident in this emotionally involving new novel from the author of She’s Come Undone…clear and sweetly flowing; highly recommended.” --Library Journal, starred review.2. Stuck in the Middle with You by Jennifer Finney BoylanBoylan, Jennifer F. Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenthood in Three Genders a Memoir. New York: Crown Publishers, 2013. Print. Like Wally Lamb, Jennifer Finney Boylan names her books after great song titles. Also like Wally Lamb, Jennifer Finney Boylan is an outstanding writer/teacher/social activist. If you like funny, honest, unique memoirs, you will love Stuck in the Middle with You. 3. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David SedarisSedaris, David. Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls. New York: Little, Brown, 2013. Print. "Deeply satisfying.... Sedaris can bring to mind Anthony Trollope, P.G. Wodehouse, Alice Munro, and Woody Allen, sometimes in the same paragraph." --David Carr, New York Times Book Review.4. The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya BlauBlau, Jessica A. The Wonder Bread Summer: A Novel. New York: Harper Perennial, 2013. Print. “Raunchy, poignant, and triumphant in turn--and sometimes manages to be all three at the same time.” --Booklist5.  Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding Fielding, Helen. Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. Print. “Mad About the Boy is not only sharp and humorous, despite its heroine’s aged circumstances, but also snappily written, observationally astute and at times genuinely moving." --Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review.6. Tapestry of Fortune by Elizabeth BergBerg, Elizabeth. Tapestry of Fortunes: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2013. Print. "Berg strips her writing down to what is essential and takes an unflinching look at lifelong regrets. The characters are so completely realized, even the bit players will settle in your heart." --Diane Holcomb, Booklist (starred review).7. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock: A Novel. Little, Brown, 2013. Print. "...the novel presents a host of compelling, well-drawn, realistic characters-all of whom want Leonard to make it through the day safe and sound." --Kirkus.8. Beyond Belief by Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa PulitzerHill, Jenna M, and Lisa Pulitzer. Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape. HarperCollins, 2013. Print. "Hill’s candid memories of growing up inside the Church of Scientology are notable not just for their detail but for the light they shed on an environment that fosters isolation, powerlessness, and privacy loss." --Publisher's Weekly.9.The Invisible Girls by Sarah ThebargeThebarge, Sarah. The Invisible Girls: A Memoir. New York: Jericho Books, 2013. Print. "Thebarge's writing style is clear and breezy. From the beginning, there are compelling questions on the table." --The Oregonian10. The Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionSimsion, Graeme. The Rosie Project. Simon & Schuster, 2013. Print. "If you're looking for sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where'd You Go Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally, The Rosie Project is this season's fix." --Heller Mcalpin, NPR Books.[...]

Dog wedding


At the time I didn't know it, but there was a dog at our wedding!

The ceremony took place on the steps of "The Little House" which is a vacation cottage located just steps away from the world famous Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. A famous musician was renting the place and he gave us permission to get married on his porch!

And speaking of Pappy & Harriet's, check out this wonderful article about the famous roadhouse in the New York Times
Listen Up: In the California Desert, a One-of-a-Kind Music Venue Blossoms.

I love my husband


It's been so busy, that I forgot to tell you that Russell and I got married on September 13, 2013 in Pioneertown, California. It was the best day of my life, and I'm pretty sure Russell had a lot of fun, too! It was a secret wedding--we only told a few family members and a couple of friends about our plans. Our friend Arie Haze of L.A. Wedding Woman devised the plan. We got married on the second day of the annual Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Campout concert event. The only other Crumbs (Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven fans) who knew about the wedding were my bridesmaids Miss Trixie, Julie, and Judy. The band members were in on the secret, and we wouldn't have done it without the blessings of their manager Velena "Boss Lady" Vego. If you look closely in the above photo, you can see that the wedding officiant (Arie Haze) is dressed as a Day of the Dead bride, one of the bridesmaid's (Julie) is dressed as a Canadian hockey player, and the best man is holding a Mexican puppet. This is because the wedding took place during our annual costume group photo event. Every year bandleader David Lowery and album cover artist Michael Wertz announce the costume themes. This year the themes were Canada vs. Mexico on Friday night, and Hawaii on Saturday. Arie tricked everyone into attending the wedding by saying she wanted to get one last shot in front of the guest house on Mane Street. (Yes, it's spelled "Mane" Street.) I had been wearing a hand painted Virgin of Guadalupe jean jacket and a Frida Kahlo flowered headband during the earlier photos, and Russell changed out of his Mexican Hockey League shirt right before the ceremony. Here's a picture of author Cynthia Linville and me posing in our Mexican outfits.Photographer Bradford Jones had the band members sign our wedding vows as a souvenir. (I get giddy when I think about how cool it is that the members of my favorite bands know our names!) Frank Funero the drummer said he wants someone to deliver a baby at next year's event. Here is the thank you note I wrote to my Crumb (Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven) family: Thank you to my Crumb Family (and my husband!) for your love and support. You have been my lifeline for years. You carried me through so many hard times that it made sense to share the happiest day of my life with you. Thank you to Velena Vego, David Lowery, and Johnny Hickman for letting us hold the wedding during Campout. We owe you about $20,000. There are so many people to thank that I don't know where to start and I hope I don't forget to mention anyone. Thank you to Arie Haze for the wonderful idea. Thanks to her team at LA Wedding Woman for giving us the world's most stress-free, yet meaningful, wedding. Thank you to my maid of honor and dear friend, the beautiful Miss Trixie Martha for selflessly working her tail off to make sure everything ran smoothly. In addition to giving me an amazing makeover and talking me out of wearing Spanx, Miss Trixie herded my family and made sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. Even though she wasn't feeling well herself, she made me go to the doctor on the first day of Campout to have my bronchitis treated. Thank you to my bridesmaids Julie and Judy for being such amazing friends and for helping Miss Trixie and Arie with all the behind the scenes work. Thank you to Jeff and Jason for the beautiful music at the ceremony. Thank you to Camper Van Beethoven for playing our favorite song New Roman Times during sound check and providing us with the most amazing first dance experience. I wa[...]

A Few Good Fox Books


Thanks to the viral video What Does the Fox Say, fox books are more popular than ever. Here are a few favorites:Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox Blackaby, Susan, and Carmen Segovia. Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox. New York: Sterling, 2011. Print. Come Back, Moon,Kherdian, David, and Nonny Hogrogian. Come Back, Moon. , 2013. Print.  Ferdinand Fox's First Summer Holland, Mary. Ferdinand Fox's First Summer. Mt. Pleasant, SC: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2013. Print.  One Fine Day Hogrogian, Nonny, and Nonny Hogrogian. One Fine Day. New York: Macmillan Co, 1971. Print.  Hungry Hen Waring, Richard, and Caroline Church. Hungry Hen. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2001. Print. ps. To find out what the fox really says, read this excellent article from Popular Science magazine:[...]

Leonard Peacock and The Silver Linings Playbook


"The confluence of beauty and terror– that’s how my high school art history teacher described the sublime. A sublime painting or poem would spark fear or awe through natural beauty, grandeur, or infinity. Not long into Matthew Quick’s Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, I realized I was experiencing sublimity firsthand." -- Katie W. Beim-Esche, The Christian Science Monitor "We should be grateful for a book that gets kids, and the leaders they’ll become, thinking about the problem now." --Nathan Heller, The New York Times.Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock: A Novel. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company, 2013. Print.   Leonard Peacock plans to celebrate his 18th birthday by killing himself and his ex-best friend. Somehow Matthew Quick is able to take this dark subject matter and turn it into a hopeful, and sometimes funny, parable. It is the best YA book I've read so far this fall. Quick, Matthew. The Silver Linings Playbook. New York: Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. Print. I liked Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock even better than the author's most famous book, The Silver Linings Playbook. I shouldn't admit it, but this is one of the rare occasions that I preferred the movie to the book. It's a good book, but it's an amazing movie.It has a great soundtrack, too, with songs by Dave Brubeck, Danny Elfman, Stevie Wonder, and White Stripes. You should buy it at my friend Al's record store, Exile on Main Street.  Silver Linings Playbook: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. New York: Sony Classical, 2012. Sound recording. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//" width="560">[...]



Here are a few recently completed projects:

 Day of the Dead headband.

Hawaiian headband.

Frida Kahlo headband. (I made a bunch of these.)

Bikini tops!

New Felsen album!


Felsen's newest album I Don't Know How to Talk Anymore is full of catchy, easy-to-sing tunes with subtle, thought-provoking lyrics. Today I listened to the 11th track, Greetings from the Ghost of Heavy Metal Rock and Roll, a few times in a row. Andrew Griffin has a soulful voice that often reminds me of Prefab Sprout lead singer Paddy McAllon.

Chick lit subgenres


Gruen, Sara. Riding Lessons. New York, N.Y: HarperTorch, 2004. Print. 
 Middle-aged chick lit for horsey divorcées. Loved it!

 Blau, Jessica A. The Wonder Bread Summer: A Novel. New York: Harper Perennial, 2013. Print. 
 Bad girl chick lit for Billy Idol fans. Loved it!