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13 July 2002 @ 11:16 pm
 
Okay, so now I've done it -- I've gone and joined the teeming bazillions who may already have won... erm... who've joined this "live journal" fad.

Hi.

I'll probably mutter from time to time about the books I'm reading. That's something I've been wanting to do. Right now, I'm in the middle of Visions of Jazz: The First Century, by Gary Giddins. It's a bit hard to follow at time, since I'm a self-taught musician and don't know most of the musical terminology he uses. But it's still very interesting, and G iddins is one hell of a writer -- I enjoy his basic "words together" and his evocative descriptions.

More later....la
 
 
Current Music: An Introduction to Chick Webb: His Best Recordings 1929-1939
 
 
 
Mizz Laura Jeanmizzlaurajean on July 13th, 2002 11:35 pm (UTC)

Nice photo. That turned out really cool. He looks like he's on some strange planet.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on July 13th, 2002 11:45 pm (UTC)

Thanks. Yup. I just replaced it with a closer crop on him... This makes it easier to see him, but the landscape is less interesting. I must thinkg...
David W. Schrothdavidschroth on July 14th, 2002 09:38 pm (UTC)
The user name seems very Odd Bodkins-ish - must dig books out of storage and reread them.

Good to see you, Fred.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on July 15th, 2002 12:15 pm (UTC)
While I'll never recommend against revisiting the cosmic wanderings of Hugh and Fred, I don't believe Fred is ever referred to as "Fredcritter," and even if he was, it's not the provenience of my usage. Listen now while my mind drifts back ... one afternoon of whimsy long ago and as far away as North Minneapolis three not-so-roguish chaps together decided to produce a one-shot fanzine. In their terse, in-referential, and mystical way they titled it not "The Existential Yawp" -- as you might have imagined -- but "A Happy One-Shot for APA45." Contained within this one-shot was a collaborative comic strip which Explained It All to Protopup, depecting, if you will, Ken Fletcher as a large bouncing pencil (when you don't got legs you gotta move somehow), Yim Young as a highly-enthusiastic rolled-up issue of Amazing, and Fred (then just) Haskell as a ... a ... er ... a kind of a lump with round wire-frame glasses and a Fu Manchu moustache. In later years, casting about for a way of talking about that cartoonish version of Fred, the term "Fredcritter" was coined ... for lack of anything better or more creative to call it. ... The crystal balls are now clouding again....
David W. Schrothdavidschroth on July 15th, 2002 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the story. Sounds tres cool.

Good luck with the job application.
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on July 15th, 2002 01:52 pm (UTC)
You're not a high-school girl, so you don't exactly fit the LiveJournal demographic, but that's okay.

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Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on July 17th, 2002 09:45 pm (UTC)
That's its demographic, eh? Hmmm. I'm glad it's okay -- I mean, after all, our whole circle seems to bust it pretty badly.
starstraf on July 15th, 2002 03:33 pm (UTC)
welcome!
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on July 17th, 2002 09:46 pm (UTC)
thnx!
Peter Hentgesjbru on July 16th, 2002 11:52 pm (UTC)
Hiya, Fred. Glad I am not busy at work this early morning and noodling through those livejournals I read to see what those folks are reading and, thus, finding yours. A belated welcome, then.

Speaking of books, we were going to get together and check out that book on illuminating books when I got back from Winnipeg, you suggested. I'm back so drop me a line if/when you're up for it.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on July 17th, 2002 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the welcome.
Yup. Ingo F. Walther; Codices Illustres: The World's Most Famous Illuminated Manuscripts, 400 to 1600; Taschen. It's pretty amazing, although I must admit that I've yet to do more than casually page through it. What sorts of times of day tend to work for you?
Peter Hentgesjbru on July 20th, 2002 04:18 am (UTC)
Times of day that work for me fairly well include early-early mornings (when I get off work, circa 7:00 a.m.) and early evenings (anywhere from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) on weekdays (which run from Monday night to Saturday morning, oddly). On Saturday and Sunday evenings my schedule keeps me up until the next morning but the middle of Sunday and Monday can work decently as well.

Which is probably more than you wanted to know.... How does Monday look for you?