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Monday, June 11, 2007

Know Who I Like Reading?

posted by on June 11 at 18:15 PM

Joe Nickell, the Missoulian writer who is part of a new blog on ArtsJournal called Flyover: Art from the American Outback. Nickell writes at the heart of his subjects (chiefly music), he’s mellifluous in print, and, in person, he has a hell of a way with old-timey shirts.

The blog is a group portrait of art in smaller cities by arts journalists of all kinds. It’s exactly the sort of thing I wish had been around (Nickell and co. invented it several months ago) when I was writing about art in Denton, Texas, and in Tacoma, where my boss once asked me whether the dancers at the ballet also sing while they’re performing.

These writers have tough jobs, jobs with high highs and low lows, jobs where cynicism is not an option. Read them. Throw in your comments.

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"...where my boss once asked me whether the dancers at the ballet also sing while they’re performing."

Funniest sentence of the day.

Also, now I really want to see a troupe of singing ballerinas.

Posted by Funnyjudgeandsingingballetcraver | June 11, 2007 6:34 PM

ohhh, thanks for linking that. Ten months after moving to Missoula I'm still surprised by how much is going on in this town, arts-wise.

Posted by rtw | June 11, 2007 8:44 PM

Last time I was there, a very cool cabbie drove us to the steakhouse. He told us of his musical heritage and that old tale of the sweet Fender stowed away under a bed. Apparently, it plays like a mint pearl, and I think he was shirt fashioned like a Hotel California. Cool Flyover blog!

Posted by Garrett | June 11, 2007 9:51 PM

oh tacoma.

Posted by um | June 11, 2007 11:48 PM

Missoula is heaven. Missoulians produce much that is great. I miss Missoula.

Posted by SB | June 12, 2007 10:37 AM

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