New Arrival! Bob Dylan The Lyrics 1961-2012. I pre-ordered this three or more months ago, before Bob Dylan won the Nobel prize for Literature. It’s just out. It has the lyrics to every song through 2012. This stuff is both poetry and lyrics, many of which I can hear being sung in my head. The book is huge, 4.4 pounds, 10.25″ x 8.5″. Very nicely designed and laid out. There’s nothing here but the lyrics, no back stories or other matter. It’s just a book of poetry. I’ll spend a lot of time with this. I’ll bet they sell a ton of these.
Just updated the Operating System on this MacBook to the latest, Sierra, and as usual updating the OS causes all sorts of little – and sometimes large – changes in how things work, how menus show, how things integrate and so on. So since mid last week I’ve been tinkering with the darn thing. One problem was that some apps stopped communicating via wi-fi. That’s a big thing for us, as we put our shopping lists, errands and other stuff on Reminders in the laptop (or iPad) and then check them off on the phone as we complete them. Milk, check. noodles, check. chicken breasts, check, and so on. It’s now fixed, but it was a hassle going into some of the several-dialogue-box-deep settings.
Hamilton. We watched a PBS documentary last weekend on Hamilton and though we knew of the play and it’s success, knew it had won 9 Tony Awards and so on, hadn’t paid much attention. But the special had background, clips, interviews, information about the historical persons involved and many insights. I was blown away. A couple days later we watched it again, on On Demand, and the next day I bought the Original Broadway Cast Recording which I’ve been listening to for a couple of days now. I’m going to read the book. I’d go see the play, but, you know, it’s not in Portland, is it? No. No it’s not. I haven’t been this stoked by a play in a long time.