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Was talking to Margaret Maupin of Tattered Cover, and we were musing about the days of the Whole Earth Catalog. She said she wished she had a good 100 ways to change the world paperback to put out on the front counter. I said we had a 500 Ways to Change the World from the Global Ideas Bank. Too many? Still, the Global Ideas site is interesting.
I’ve written about this before, in print - not here, and didn’t get a satisfactory answer. Once again, I’m like the last to get the memo. I never knew until recently that almost all pop songs follow the 2-1-1 pattern. 2 pairs of verse and chorus, then a portion that deviates a lot or a little in speed, words or pitch, and then back to verse and chorus. Who had this idea first, or is it just natural in all music to have the counterpoint to the main thrust of the song – a break, a change, a step out of the pattern, before returning to the central theme. I don’t know why I find this so fascinating. Does anyone have any thoughts or insight to share on this matter?
Tom Cambell of Regulator in Durham emailed the following to me, and my reaction was that word-of-mouth can be phrased as Judging a book by its lover. “Came back to the store last evening for the inaugural meeting of an in-store book group. At one point, for some reason, the leader of the group asked the folks how they decided what books to read. No less than 3 out of about 15 folks said they simply got recommendations from sources they had come to trust, and that was all they needed and wanted.”
Still, the job I really want is naming the 'staff' on Car Talk. Their latest best one? Their resident humorist: Odessa Goodone.