Friday, February 02, 2007

Happy Birthday Elmo

My nephew Andrés sporting Elmo.

I was watching The Today Show before leaving for work. Elmo appeared on the show because it was his annual 3rd 1/2 birthday and to promote a literacy campaign. He also squeezed in some time for some serious macking on news anchor Ann Curry. Check out the video from Today show website.

Heading to Davenport tomorrow to explore the Figge and to see/hear Iris Dement & Pieta Brown at the River Music Experience. (I keep hoping Greg will show up at one of these shows and join Iris for a couple songs.) Naturally I also had to pick the coldest weekend of the winter to make this trek to the Mississippi.

Browsing the shelves recently revealed some great finds at the library's used book store as well as some eye catching titles from the library's new book shelves most notably Celia Rivenbark's Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: And Other Words of Delicate Southern Wisdom.

I didn't check it out but made note of it for the future. I did grab another verbosely titled book, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose. She breaks down close reading advice with excerpts from other works and has a list of suggested books to read as she puts it "immediately". A list is always a good place to start arguing and she provides ample fodder by inclusion(Franzen) or omission(McCarthy) for such discussions.

Enjoy the weekend.


Churlita said...

Who knew there was a decent art museum in the Quad Cities?

The last few times I've heard Greg play, he's always called Iris up to the stage, and she never seems all that into it. Maybe that's why she doesn't do that to Greg.

Dexter said...

UMm, well the jury is still out on that. The musuem was a little dissapointing. It turned out to be free which was nice but unless there is a excellent visiting exhibition I would not recommend making the trip. More about this when I post some pics.