The other night, as I cooled off from my bike ride by walking in circles in the cul-de-sac, one great song after another coming up on my digital music player, I had a moment of clarity in which I realized that, whatever else is going on, I can still find bliss in my favorite music. Sometimes I just need to close my eyes and listen. This cover of a great New Order song by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew came to me this morning as a sublime reminder of how easily I can reach a place I want to be through song. Maybe we can meet there.
The news that Adolph Rupp-era Kentucky All-American Ralph Beard has passed away calls back memories of the time I saw him at Louisville's storied Hotel Seelbach, which I wrote about in the early months of this journal. At the time I didn't recognize that Beard's involvement in a notorious college basketball point-shaving scandal that led to his being banned from the NBA made the location of my encounter especially rich. The Seelbach, you see, figures in The Great Gatsby, a novel in which the 1919 Chicago "Black" Sox scandal plays a role. When I saw Sherman Alexie deliver the keynote talk at the University of Louisville's annual literature conference last year, he kept coming back to the image of F. Scott Fitzgerald's ghost wandering the halls of the Seelbach, where Alexie was staying. I also didn't realize back in 2004 how deliciously ironic it was that Beard was accused of shaving.
I followed _luaineach's lead and took a survey on "Preferred Sexual Style." While I take the text generated by memes of this sort cum grano salis -- as, I suppose, is fitting in this case, given the salacious content -- the results are still interesting to me: