Holy moly, I've had a maddening day. Between the avatar contest (voting is soooo close!) and Comic-Con planning and a sudden rush of e-mails and phone calls, I haven't had time for your questions. Let's try to blaze through some right now:
We have really long winters where I live, so we have frequent game nights with our friends. We love Cranium, Trivial Pursuit, Balderdash and Scene It, but are getting a little tired of them. Are there any board games you like and could suggest for a bunch of bored adults? -- Jill S.
That's funny, because I just packed up the new Transformers version of Risk to take to my parents' house this weekend. (Target is selling it.) I'm pretty predictable with Scrabble and Uno, but I'm sure readers can suggest a few alternates ...
I am seeing Lucinda Williams in concert in July, and I am super-excited. I have never seen her live and was wondering if anyone out there has. Also, in general, are there any websites out there that give concert reviews? Thanks. -- Janet W.
I've seen Lucinda a couple times -- I think once might've been at Farm Aid -- and she puts on a great show. Several sites give concert reviews: You could try places like Billboard, Blender for generic pieces, though if you're specifically looking for Lucinda, here's a review of a show she performed last week in Salt Lake City.
On June 8 we saw Morrissey at the Bowl. Incredible show. ... SO here’s the (possibly indelicate) question: Back in my Philadelphia Smiths/Morrissey days, the crowd would have been 95% Caucasian. At the Bowl, the crowd was much more than 50% Latino. That’s very cool, but it was a surprise.
Of course, L.A. has a strong Latino presence, so there’s the simple demographic angle. But this was a cultural thing. The most enthusiastic, singing-along people around us were all Latino. I’ve been to a lot of shows for a wide variety of bands and I’ve never been surprised by the breakdown of the audience. I’m wondering how a whole generation of Angelenos became such Moz maniacs. Any thoughts? -- Peter
You're not the first person to ask this question. Morrissey does have a large -- and still growing -- Latino fanbase. One article that may give you further insight ("1,400 Mexican Moz Fans Can't Be (Totally) Wrong") can be found in Chuck Klosterman's latest book, Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas. You can also find it in Da Capo Music Writing 2003, edited by Matt Groening.
A documentary has also been made about the phenomenon. This story about Is It Really So Strange? provides a little info about Moz's Latino fanbase, and The Believer has also addressed the subject. The reasons why have been the source of debate. Says one fan:
"I feel like it has to do with alienation. I think there's some parallels between the Latino community in the U.S. and the experience of being Irish in England, of belonging and not belonging. There's a current in his writing that touches on that."
Are you getting an iPhone today? Or ever? -- Cassandra
I'm not, but my husband plans to get one eventually. In fact, we're going to the mall after work, and he says he wants to go to the Apple store just to "touch one." I'm seriously hoping his casual touch doesn't lead to, you know, a more committed relationship. I say he should wait until the price goes down!
OK, L.A. and New York have had their fun. Where's the D.C. Pop Candy get-together? There are plenty of great spots! (Pharmacy Bar, perhaps?) -- Sean L.
Trust me, it'll happen. I've just been traveling a lot and haven't had time to coordinate anything. But I know there's a demand, and that's half the battle ...
I have missed out on the last couple of hotlines. Any chance you're planning another one sometime soon in July? Say it IS so. -- Damian B.
Oh yeah, I plan to do them monthly, as long as you guys keep calling. No worries! Read more...