by Sean
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Veda Hille - "Luckyluck". A devotional for destiny, faith and the way that truth is veiled. But done with glee, see? The flickering oh oh oh of a child lighting a candle or seeing it lit. The wide-smile awe of standing in a church or temple or forest, a gull circling above, something not-quite-clear through the canopy. And the thrill of realising that when you take a step, you are merely trusting it will land.

(Carl Wilson weighs in on Veda Hille - one of the country's finest songwriters, I agree, - and encourages you to vote for her in the Echo Songwriting Prize competition. Sandro Perri and the Weakerthans are also excellent choices.)

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Our friend Matt Forsythe launched his new graphic novel, Ojingogo on Wednesday and it's bee-yoo-ti-ful. Explore his website and pick up the real thing from Drawn & Quarterly some time soon. Oh yes - and we might just have something Forsythey in StG's own pipeline...

My new column has debuted. I will be writing every six weeks or so for the McSweeney's website. The first piece is now online: REFLECTIONS ON SEEING LEONARD COHEN PERFORM IN MONTREAL ON JUNE 23, 2008. I hope you like it. (Oh and in the end I settled on a very boring column title.)

Posted by Sean at August 29, 2008 12:34 PM

fantastic song, fantastic post, fantastic first appearance in McSweeney's!
(congradulations Sean, and I like your very boring column title.)

Posted by camille at August 29, 2008 3:19 PM

Sean, that's fantastic about McSweeney's! Perfect, perfect fit.

Posted by Amy at August 29, 2008 4:50 PM

great piece, and congrats on the column!

also: in July in the Pisa airport, B. said to me "i think that's Leonard Cohen," and the man in the impeccable suit and fedora turned to us and nodded.

Posted by Amy Hasinoff at August 29, 2008 10:04 PM

yahoo! yipee! to tomato sauce, especially. i am hungry and it seemed particularly present, the food-bits.

and i think i have found a new word for myself. smoothie. alright.

congratulations, sean!!!!

Posted by kit at August 30, 2008 4:51 PM

Congratulations about McSweeney's. Well deserved.

Posted by Kalman at September 1, 2008 9:07 AM

thanks so much everyone.

Posted by sean at September 1, 2008 12:25 PM

Wow sean, i just have to say that's really good -- both in content and in the fact you're running with those good little elves at Mcsweeneys. Keep up the grand works.

Posted by chris at September 2, 2008 5:22 PM

Hooray for Sean! I will read that column four times, just for good measure.

Posted by Bill at September 8, 2008 9:30 PM

I need a Leonard Cohen/Silver Mt. Zion collaboration to happen.

Posted by geoff at September 10, 2008 1:44 PM

I really like the Veda Hille song - its interestingly constructed and it reminds me Jane Siberry, one of my faves from the past. I heard it again last night on radio3. I like your blog, too. I've just found it and your writing is provocative!

Posted by Mike at September 17, 2008 2:41 PM

this song makes me think of libraries. god, how i love libraries.

Posted by guyha at September 27, 2008 10:01 AM

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