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Got back from MystiCon on Monday. It was a fun weekend, and did much to restore my spirits. After all the internet rancor that has dominated on-line discussion of late, it was good to be reminded of what cons are all about... and how warm, welcoming, and open fandom can be. The Roanoke crowd seemed like good folks. And it was great to see how many young people and first-timers were at the con (I asked for a show of hands on several occasions). All the alarums about the demise of traditional SF fandom may be somewhat premature, I'm thinking.

Back home, of course, I had the usual thousand new emails waiting in my inbox. But among them, at long long last, was my Hugo PIN from MidAmericon II. I can finally begin nominating for this year's awards. I urge all of you to do the same. (And will have a few more Hugo thoughts and recommendations in subsequent posts).

We had a great event at the JCC with Tony DiTerlizzi of THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. And one last week, before I left, with Joe Lansdale and HAP & LEONARD. Plenty of signed books from Tony and Joe both are now available in the Cocteau bookstore. If you're an autograph hunter, strike now while the supply lasts.

We have more fun events coming up in the next few months as well. Magician Francis Menotti will be making a return appearance, with the trick that fooled Penn & Teller, and we have booksignings scheduled with Darynda Jones, Joe Hill, and Stephen Graham Jones. And a little further out, Neil Gaiman will be appearing with some gigantic Tasmanian cave spiders. Go to the JCC website and sign up for our email newsletter if you'd like more details on forthcoming events at the theatre.

Meow Wolf's opening comes closer every day. The gang down at Silva Lanes is working overtime right now, getting a little frantic as they labor to make sure everything is ready for opening weekend.

Oh, and GAME OF THRONES season six is drawing nigh as well. You may have heard. Before the season six debut on April 24, the JCC will be running a season five marathon. Weekly screenings, two hours per week, of the S5 episodes on our big medium-sized screen. And admission is FREE. First come, first seated.

I am sure there's more. Life is busy. Hope yours is too.

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evanmountain
Mar. 4th, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)
The Armageddon Rag
Dear George,

Many months ago I asked you about your musical tastes and you responded by letting me know that much and more could be discovered on that topic if I dipped into your 1983 work "The Armageddon Rag".

After almost a year of trying to find a hardcover copy of the book at ANY bookstore, I finally just ordered it online and recently finished it.

I loved the book. as an artist and musician myself I can say it spoke very directly to me about the thread of time and art and the way our mindsets can define who we are and destroy us if we don't try to understand and marry them with reality. I would love to rant and write all day about it but it turns out the Armageddon Rag doesn't have quite as significant an online following as A Song Of Ice And Fire (who would have thought)(also I'm working on building that up for you).

I have one question, and I'm pretty sure I know the answer but here it is: What if he took the shot? (I don't want to use names to spoil anything)

It was a fantastic and meaningful book, one I will definitely reread and pass around to all my culture loving friends, and one that actually might reignite their love for reading.

Take care, Good luck with everything, and thanks for being there.

Evan

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