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I'm now experiencing the post-conference hangover that plagues me whenever I return from one, but particularly when I go full fore through the event. It's tiring when you have to be "on" for hours on end.

As I try to regroup, though, I thought I'd direct you to this Seattle Weekly feature on the conference, in which Ann Powers and Eric Weisbard are asked to identify music made by conference participants from the last three years. It's funny. They talk about the adoption of their daughter Rebecca. And they have good things to say about the ridiculous behavior of the participants at the musicians' panel two years ago, when peer pressure led Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney to forego reading the paper she'd prepared.

Incidentally, speaking of the ridiculous, there was no sign of Jennifer Maerz, who so rudely slammed that first conference -- before it had even take place! -- in The Stranger as a way of putting her anti-intellectual stamp on her new position. She's very nice in person, but I have a low tolerance for slamming in general and an even lower tolerance for "populist" slams on intellectual approaches to popular culture. The United States already has all the mindless sex and violence it needs. But what do intellectuals do? They engage in that peculiarly American form of self-loathing in which they indict other intellectuals for not keeping it real. I know that there's pleasure in masochism -- as Carlos Gallego might say, "Ask Jesus" -- but the spectacle of writers and scholars pleasuring themselves at the expense of American intellectual life is obscene.

Whoops, got a little hot and bothered there. Where was I? EMP, right.

I wish I could have made it to the conference "after party" Saturday night and said goodbye to Ann and Eric in proper fashion. But when you're staying in Redmond without a car, you have to go with the flow.

I hat lots of fun with Chris and Brian, though. Did I mention how happy I was that Chris made it to my presentation? That was pretty awesome.

And thanks to both he and Dan for giving me a super place to stay, a super internet connection, and super transportation to and from both the airport and the conference.

Enjoy the Raging Sage, guys!

Mode: waking slowly
Muse: Procession - New Order - Substance (Disc 2)

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cpratt From: cpratt Date: April 19th, 2004 09:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I am most definitely enjoying the Raging Sage, and I was delighted to discover fresh milk in the fridge this morning. Yippie!

I'm also trying to figure out a friendly way to chat up Robert Fink. I know! I'll ask if he can give me a copy of his paper on Planet Rock...

It was a real pleasure having you as our guest, Charlie, and hearing you give your paper was one of the high points of the weekend. You've got a great manner of reading publicly.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 21st, 2004 01:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


Well, my personal highlight was having you show up for my talk, Chris!

I think you could just tell Fink you were at my panel but had to work during his and were curious what he had to say. Include a sig file in your e-mail with a link to your blog or, better yet, a picture of you!
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