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No matter how your 2007 was, I hope 2008 is better. I can’t add much to this, other to say it louder.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t to forget make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. [From As I was saying]

The older I get, the more important this seems to be. You’re the only you there is, was, or will be. Don’t hide your light under a basket.


quote of the day

[Wolf] Blitzer has the air of a man who never earned a game uniform in his life but is now a fanatical fantasy sports participant, with a closet full of replica jerseys. [From The Year of Tragical Thinking]


the fine print

Free, eh? I like free. Free is good.

But is it really free? Ah, the 75 downloads are free, yes, but only after you re-join and pay for a month’s subscription.

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I don’t have a problem with people making money — far from it, I wish I knew how to do it myself — but I find the structure of this offer a little deceptive. eMusic has such good street-cred (disproportionate to the music I found when I was a member), it would be unfortunate if they squandered. I think they’ll get better as we see fewer and fewer record companies trying to criminalize their customers.