A Sure Thing Bites the Dust

THE BOOK EVERYONE WANTED—the book that buyers and sellers of col­lec­table records re­galed me to publish—was a price guide on rhythm & blues group-vocal 45s of the ’50s. Often re­ferred to as ‘doo-wop’ music, it was per­haps the most pas­sion­ately col­lected of all music (along with Japanese jazz col­lec­tors). READ MORE

A Little Background

When re­quired to post a bio on the in­ternet, I usu­ally write, “Mys­tical lib­eral likes long walks at night in the city in the rain with an um­brella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig.” While this works for most readers, others want a bit more back­ground.

Rather than re­gale you with tales of my pro­fes­sional ca­reer and the jobs I have held (more than I can re­member), I’m just going to list things that I am (still!) READ MORE