Oh, and since I haven’t seen it mentioned elsewhere on Tumblr (at least for a while), congratulations to Erika, Maura, and Nitsuh for having pieces in this year’s Da Capo Best Music Writing. (Anyone else who may also be in there and follows me under some other name, my apologies and identify yourself!) (And SFJ is of course in there, but he doesn’t follow me; anyone else on Tumblr that I don’t know about?)
One thing I will say is that I’m a Halloween Scrooge, and the yearly October hoopla, especially from people my age insisting on a sort of shared horror-themed joviality, irritates me much as the forced jollity of Christmas does many of my peers. (I do like Christmas, but I’m not big on jollity either; luckily I come from understated stock.)
I am under water. It may be some time before I surface.