Wonderful Wizard of SLU
Well-played: As a university instructor myself, I often feel as though my students look at me like I'm already out of touch with their cultural idiosyncrasies at the ripe age of 27 ["Webb Sensation," Chad Garrison]. If Dr. Wizard is out of touch with the average American undergraduate, then I'm the Lord Chancellor of Songino Khairkhan, the 8th düüreg of Ulan Bator.
MS, St. Louis, via the Internet
Truest form of hilarity: If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: If you imagine Walt Whitman mixed with Philip Larkin, stirred in chicken stock and then poured over Pablo Neruda, Jackson Pollock, George Wendt and Attila the Hun, you'd have about five-eighths of the brutally truthful hilarity Dr. Wizard produces in his pre-post-modern moment of homicidal silence.
M, Cleveland, via the Internet
A wizard for all times: I only wish that this would have been around when I was a college freshman; it would have saved me from becoming the naive and sheltered upperclassmen that I was. And, in essence, still am.
J. Sullivan, Illinois, via the Internet
Always listen to the wizard: J, you just have to enroll in grad school, then you can follow Dr. Wizard's advice to a T. This means doing hip, groovy things like dressing up as a chipmunk while keeping the faith in the gym with your high school sweetheart, who will be on the elliptical machine next to you reading The Economist in her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt, eating an organic apple.
Sarah, Washington D.C., via the Internet
Wanting new developments: I see there's possibly a book coming soon, but the article also mentions that one of Joe Webb's favorite shows is Arrested Development, so when do the lessons become available on DVD, à la George Sr.?
Frank, New Haven, Connecticut, via the Internet
A to Z, NOVEMBER 11, 2008
Here's to Sucky Traditions
Bonnie's cost-benefit analysis: The sucky tradition of awesome bands playing the Gargoyle continues ["Unconfirmed: Los Campesinos! And Cut Copy at the Gargoyle in 2009," Annie Zaleski]. It's bad enough that our state didn't go blue; living here also means a life of weighing the benefit of shows at the Gargoyle/great artists, versus the costs (um, everything else).
Bonnie, via the Internet
In Keegan Hamilton's news story "STD-Day," published in the November 6 issue, we incorrectly stated that the St. Louis County Department of Health had traced the origin of a local HIV case to Normandy High School and that at least one student at the school had tested positive for the virus. In actuality, the health department's investigation into an unspecified HIV case led officials to Normandy High. In Christian Schaeffer's review of Raglani's Of Sirens Born (Homespun, November 6), we mistakenly wrote that Joseph Raglani also performs as Ghost Ice. In fact, Ghost Ice is the project of Jeremy Kannapell.