Weekend Recap

Friday afternoon I played on Mike’s XBox for like 6 hours. That night I went to Willa’s party. I had a good time, and it was “liberating”. Enough said.

I ended up playing Wolfenstein – Enemy Territory most of Saturday afternoon. It’s been a videogame-filled weekend, as opposed to the lots-of-studying-and-paper-writing weekend that I had planned.

Saturday night, Evelyn had an extra ticket for the This American Life road show at the Chicago Theater. [Update: this episode aired June 6. You can listen to it here.] It was super-good, although it did cause me to miss David Weinberger’s speech at DGI. Sarah Vowell talked about “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, which has in recent years been sung by political leaders to rally support for the war on terror. But the lyrics that made the song incredibly popular during the Civil War were “John Brown’s body lies a-moulderin’ in the grave/But his soul goes marching on”. John Brown was as much as a terrorist as anyone. He was a violently radical abolitionist to the point that Fredrick Douglas worried he might be hurting the cause of abolitionism. Brown had an inclination to burn down the houses of slave-owners, then shoot their charred corpses in the skull to “make sure they’re dead”. This is the man that popularized “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.

Also, Jason Britner, the founder of FOUND Magazine, was there, reading some hilarious and moving found notes. One found item was a four-page play, with page 3 missing. It was about three college-age kids sitting at a party discussing the possibility of having a threesome. Jason called three people from the audience up to read the play, but because of the spotlights, he didn’t see that he had a picked a 10-year-old girl and her father to read two of the parts. This little girl was cracking up as she read risque lines about lewd sex acts with her father. Just before they started reading, Ira Glass walked halfway on to the stage, seemingly to prevent the coming awkward performance that might scar the little girl for life. But he decided not to interrupt, and the performance ended up being a really funny kind of awkward.

Also, there was a guy who played the musical saw, which he described as “the first heavy-metal instrument” and “a cut above the rest”. Har har har. I can’t wait to hear the episode aired on the radio.

After the show, I ran into Andy Huff, proprietor of Gaper’s Block.

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