A meeting of the San Juan Island Book Club, pictured here, convened immediately upon my return from Seattle, where Alex Ross and Kyle Gann had curated a truly remarkable new music festival for the Seattle Chamber Players Icebreaker series, with SCP’s artistic director Elena
Dubinets at the helm. An inspiring line-up of emerging and emerged composers were on hand this past weekend to discuss their music, Alex and Kyle presented their books, and the concerts each evening were wonderful. You can read about the terrific event here.
It was particularly fun to meet people I had until now known solely in their enpixelated states via this and other blogs. Nothing beats live interaction; there’s an endless supply of talent and joy to be found in these gatherings.
Several bloggers have shown us photos of their cats reading our colleagues’ books, so I thought I would tell folks that felines are not the only avid fans. Here we see my two guys, Smudge and Moses, waiting impatiently on my desk for the foxes to arrive (they’re often late but bring good wine so we forgive them). The birds always hang out chattering in the cedar birdhouse until the last minute and then fly in the door, while the deer have a smoke outside my studio prior to the opening discussion. A wild time was had by all as the fur flew during a
very lengthy and entertaining conversation. Next month’s book club reading includes Christopher Dingle’s new book, “Olivier Messiaen: Music, Art and Literature,” selected by acclamation by the woodpeckers and chickadees, plus a listening session for Pink Floyd’s classic, Animals.