Meanwhile The Absolute Sandman, I was delighted to learn, tops the Detroit Free Press list of Best Spiritual Books of 2006. I somewhat doubt that it will befriend Anansi Boys on Myspace, and I expect it will now probably start hanging around with The Tibetan Book of the Dead and Chesterton's Orthodoxy, and would be deeply embarrassed to learn that Jessa Crispin has described it as "the ultimate comic book fetish object" .
Given the recent run of bad news on this blog, I want to congratulate my friends and ace rockers Thea Gilmore and Nigel Stonier on the arrival of baby Egan. Thea's myspace page is at http://myspace.com/theagilmore and she has 4,607 more friends than Anansi Boys does. Nigel's webpage is http://www.nigelstonier.co.uk/ and according to http://www.nigelstonier.co.uk/free_cd.html he's getting ready to send anyone who asks for it a free sampler CD. Seeing two of his songs "Tricks" and "Me and St Jude" are two of my favourite songs by anybody, you might want to send him a stamped self-addressed envelope and see if you like what you get.
And equally deserving of congratulations, my friend Anna Sunshine Ison has just married her Mr Cavin in Las Vegas. This is a fine thing, and to celebrate I'm posting the Lexington Herald Leader's two minute long audio-visual feature on Sunshine's father's art. (He is a forensic anthropomorphologist.) It makes me smile: http://www.heraldleaderphoto.com/multimedia/cecil/ison.html
I met Yunyu at Continuum 3 in Melbourne and she gave me a CD -- she's just sent me her latest CD, Spiked Soul, and I really enjoyed it. You can see two of her videos at http://www.yunyu.com.au/home/music#videos.
Matt Cheney has discovered the Rules For Writing, and lays them out for us. Finally. http://mumpsimus.blogspot.com/2006/11/rules-for-writing.html
And finally, I would like formally to welcome Mr Eddie Campbell to the blogosphere. He can be found at http://www.eddiecampbell.blogspot.com/ and is taking callers.