[lit-ideas] Re: Studies In Chicken and Whisky

  • From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 22:10:12 -0500

I love Nellie McKay.  Have for about a year and a half.  Last year I sent Donal 
some of her songs and sent Erin the whole album -- "Get Away From Me".  Never 
heard what Donal thought -- he's polite, but Erin hated her.  She even went to 
a Nellie McKay concert in Toronto and threw paper airplanes at her.  Erin is so 

Mike Geary
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Andy 
  To: lit-ideas 
  Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2008 9:45 PM
  Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Studies In Chicken and Whisky

        Check these out.  Her name is Nellie McKay, these are three samples of 
her work.  I can't make up mind if I like her or not.  Supposedly she's all the 
rage at the moment.





        --- On Sun, 5/18/08, David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

          From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
          Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Studies In Chicken and Whisky
          To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
          Date: Sunday, May 18, 2008, 11:54 PM

Critics may be unanimous that no verse which appears on this list has  
more than an ounce of good sense in it, and that all of it is  
certifiably green in the meaning department, but if we stipulate  
this, where does that leave the poor sod who gets attacked for  
mentioning that he puts ice in his whisky?  I mean he's sitting there  
quietly on the group W bench, just sitting there with Arlo and a  
rather large lobster, churning his words, and suddenly, just because  
he's mentioned frozen water, hordes of pork roasters come at him with  
ice picks. How much justice is there in that, I ask you?  About as  
much as you'd get from a blind barman in a New England nunnery.   
Maybe less.  Bloody minded is what I call it, just plain  
straightforward bloody minded, like a Yorkshire pig with a hankering  
for truffles, setting off for France, and finding after the  
Strindberg roundabout--avoid that one on any bank holiday weekend is  
my bit of free advice-- and turning left at Helium (if you see signs  
for Misery, you've gone too far), carrying on past McGonagall's  
Auction (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/ 
tayside_and_central/7402920.stm.)  that he's actually got no idea  
where France is.  That's not how we go about life down at the Salt  
Lake Masonic.  Show me money and I'll show you people with a lot more  
sense than pigs, people who know their ice cubes from their branches,  
people who can tell you there's not an ounce of difference between  
cold water out of a stream and frozen water from the freezer.  Water  
is water and work is work and that's all I can compress into a  
postcard-sized rant, so that's all there is to it.

David Ritchie
taking it home in
Portland, Oregon
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