So far my summer break from the Cartoon of the Week is going quite well. I’m working on the text portion of my next book, which will be a graphic memoir of a specific story from my work during the mid 90’s on Illinois Masonic’s AIDS unit 371. My workhorse computer, which was purchased in 1999, has finally gotten a bug it can’t shake. I am able to boot up but as soon as I try to do anything online it freezes. The same is true if I try to open Word or Photoshop. This normally catastrophic turn of technology has proven to be a good thing. I’ve been released from the virtual leash of my studio and have been getting more done in the outside world. I’m assuming (and handling this so well because I’m assuming) that one way or another I’ll get my master art and music files off the system. That’s really all I’m worried about. My business has been saving up for a while and will be able to replace the computer. All will be well. And, as I said, in the meantime I’m on a laptop and out in the world. It feels great.
Al Gini, a dynamic and funny philosophy professor from my alma mater, Loyola U of Chicago, is a weekly guest on Chicago Public Radio’s award winning awesome daily arts and news show 848. Today Al reviewed a book about the nature and essence of friendship. It’s very interesting conversation that highlights what friendship is and what it isn’t. Click on the link to 848 above and then click on today’s date, 7/13 to listen online. Your friends will thank you.