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This legend to a photo in PW's daily newspaper during the Expo has a certain poetic ring: "Caption cap caption cap caption Caption cap caption cap caption Caption cap caption cap caption." I shouldn't make fun; I know daily deadlines are perilous things.
The Expo, which I attended, took place in NYC. With apologies to two children's titles, here is my ode to trying to get some sleep in the city that never does.
Goodnight cranking lift, right next to my room.
Goodnight drunk revelers bellowing a tune.
Goodnight hotel toilets, with your sonic boom.
Goodnight hardhats, as you crash by the light of the moon.
Oh how I love my cozy New York room!
But please, can you all leave off soon?
I need to "Get the *$#@! to Sleep!!"
At the show, one backlist title grabbed my attention: David Sutton's Cigar Box Guitars: The Ultimate DIY Guide for the Makers and Players of the Handmade Music Revolution. Having tried and failed abysmally to create one myself as a young person, I was intrigued to find that this is a growing phenomenon, with festivals and workshops devoted to it. Both Charlie Christian and Carl Perkins played them. Sutton's looks like it only has three strings though. For music on the kind of guitar I finally acquired, try The Art of Segovia. No one in the modern era can match his influence on the instrument.
You know that quiz show in which three panelists offer definitions for weird words and the contestant has to guess which is correct? Good candidates would be succedaneum (Sacajawea's sister?) and smaragdine (a villain from Game of Thrones?), two of 17 winning words from past National Spelling Bees singled out by Mental Floss. I knew six of them—how about you?