Bishop Allen

I got Bishop Allen‘s Charm School in the mail today. It’s quite lovely. Listening to it makes me happy. My favorite song so far is “Bishop Allen Drive,” but it’s the fourth track and I’ve only heard the first four tracks, so that’s subject to change. Their existence reminds me of Talking Heads — a […]

No. Seriously. Go away.

I got my long-awaited “sucks to be you” letter from UVa today. I wrote to their director of admissions (Jack Blackburn) the day that I was declined, asking why I wasn’t accepted. The response was predictable: There were a lot of good applicants, maybe I’ll apply again and they might accept me then, they hope […]

Freyda Epstein has died.

Charlottesville musician Freyda Epstein died this week. On Monday night, her car was hit head-on by an escaping criminal, and she was killed in the crash. We were merely acquainted, and I couldn’t bring myself to go to the memorial service that was held this evening. Though she was a great musician on many fronts, […]

Suburban nation.

I just finished reading “Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream,” by Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck. What an absolutely wonderful book. Not only is their planning and architectural vision exciting, but being able to apply immediately these new concepts to the sprawl that surrounds Charlottesville has […]

Fine Blacksburg livin’.

I’ve been a bit worried about moving south to Blacksburg, but it turns out that things are a little more exciting down that way than I previously thought. I hope to visit Valleyville, The Seven Hills Swingers’ Club and, of course, The Galax “Gravity Hole” on my trips to and from southern Virginia.

Making the grade.

I got my report card. As, maintaining my A average. Phew. After UVa turned me down last week, I wrote a letter inquiring as to why I had been declined. No word yet. I don’t think that it’s inappropriate for me to want to know why, particularly given the circumstances. Maybe it’s mascochistic, but I […]