Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Books

I am in DC this night at the (in?)famous Willard hotel founded in the mid-19th century on 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue. Apparently Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous "I Have a Dream" speech while staying in this hotel in 1963. Other past guests include P. T. Barnum, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Samuel Morse, the Duke of Windsor, Harry Houdini, Emily Dickinson, and Charles Dickens. I am in a giant room.

I am here to (apparently) determine the future of the American space program.

I'm listening to "That Right Ain't Shit" by the late lamented Books on my iPod. I think I have posted this song before but it's such a brilliant song by such a brilliant band that I have to do it again.

And the live version. One of the best concerts I've ever seen.


j said...

"here to determine the future of the space program"? Is that as awesome as it sounds? Wow, wow, and wow. I spent a lot of time watching NOVA documentaries about the cosmos. I won't lie, it simultaneously reassured me and overwhelmed me.

I hope our paths cross again in 2013, A. If you feel like a cup of coffee over the break, please give a shout. jeanne (from F and the UWS).

spaceman said...

Hey, good to hear from you! Yes, I managed to get invited to serve on a Congress-mandated commission on space. Lots of work to do in 2013! And yeah, let's catch up v soon.