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"Delia" – "Spider" John Koerner
Wright never lost his appreciation for folk and country music. In Minneapolis in the fall of 1959, he often invited his friend Harry Weber to come to his home to sing, and Weber brought "Spider" John Koerner and a young Bob Dylan along with him. As they tuned their guitars, Wright would ask them to begin with the ballad "Delia"—"so you'll have time to play it again later." Taken at a brighter tempo, Koerner performs the song with Dave Ray on the Red House label recording A Nod to Bob.

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At around the age of thirteen, as the boy is starting to develop the body, mentality, strength and abilities of manhood he is promoted to squire. He is then assigned as the personal assistant to a knight and it is in this time that he focuses on the combat arms of knighthood. He would get intensive training in weapons, armor, tactics and mounted combat. Often times he was allowed to carry a small sword and shield with him as a symbol of his status as a squire or a “knight in training”.


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"The Silent Sound Snow Makes When it Gives Way to Water." I live in Minnesota, which means we live with the seasons. Each transition from this season to that season is written on our skin. Snow, while seemingly inert, is a treasure trove of sound. It squeaks when it is bitter cold. It muffles footsteps and quiets voices when it falls. It holds its breath. It shimmers in the ear. And then, when the weather warms and the crystalline structure begins to collapse, it yawns and sighs like a broken heart, before folding into a silent sob. This was the sound I heard, incidentally, this afternoon, as the temperatures climbed and the snow began to shake. It is, I have to say, the saddest sound I know.


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(In Elizabethan times, the male donkey was proverbial for hisgenerous sexual endowment.)Demetrius and Lysander meet Helena and Hermia and thelove-comedy continues, with the men about to come to blows.

Don't focus on story in "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

This gives rise to a comic situation,with much clever language and remarks about the ironiesand irrationality of love.Some skilled laborers have gone into the woods to rehearse a playfor the wedding.

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Oberon sees what has happened, and instructs Puck toseparate the two men, which he does using ventriloquism, and to applythe love-juice to Demetrius's eyes.

covered Smash Mouth's "Fallen Horses."

They’ll have a circle jerk merit badge before it’s all over. It will be a little, pink feather boa with the likeness of Liberace in the middle.

It'sabout ideas and emotion rather than plot.


I see them, too—writers at coffee shops or at the library, typing away to the internalized rhythms of whatever music is sliding out of their earbuds. I know writers who have play lists for their books, or specific songs that ground them in the space in their heads from which all writing grows. I know writers whose work drifts down rivers of melody and rhythm, and I have to say I'm envious.

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I love music—always have. And I'm not bad at it. I have sung in choirs and quartets and used to sing in both churches and in bars to make under-the-table cash when I was a poor exchange student and was barred from working legally (don't tell the authorities). (Also? In case you were wondering: the bars paid better.) I play the piano and the guitar and once tried to learn the oboe, but it didn't go very well. I listen to music when I'm reading or cleaning or cooking dinner, but I absolutely, without question, cannot—cannot—listen to music while I'm writing.