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posted Friday, June 24, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 25
Dyke About Town: Ann Patchett's talk very entertaining
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Dyke About Town: Ann Patchett's talk very entertaining

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer Ann Patchett
Mercy enjoyed Ann Patchett's talk at Town Hall on June 16 very much. The writer kept the audience laughing as she talked about her writing process.

Patchett said writing a novel is like falling in love. Just when you start to get into the commitment, other ideas start to look seductive. She said she likes having the maturity of her 47 years telling her not to wander away.

Patchett said she waits until the book is half done to do the research, because research is the La Brea Tar Pits of life. 'I write it wrong, then fix it,' she said.

She said her vision of a book is as beautiful as a live monarch butterfly. The way it comes out is like the butterfly on a pin, broken and dusty.

Ann said readers are disappointed when she tells them her characters don't hijack the novel. She said, if someone has a brain tumor, they don't want their surgeon to tell them they have no idea what is going to happen in the surgery. Writers need to have as much control.

Patchett plans to open an independent bookstore in Nashville. She did a reading of a suspenseful section of her novel State of Wonder.

Seattle Storm vs. Indiana Fever
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed the Seattle Storm's June 17 game against the Indiana Fever. We won 68-54. Le'coe Willingham was player of the game with 10 points. Swin Cash had 14, and Sue Bird had 12. Erin Phillips, on Indiana's side, played great defense, keeping Camille Little to five points and Lauren Jackson to nine.

Cuteness said, 'We kicked Indiana's butt. Katie Smith is a good addition. She is a seasoned player who has been in the league a long time. Swin Cash had a great score because Katie threw the ball halfway down the court to her. The refs were kind of intense in the foul department. [Coach Brian] Agler was trying to give all the players playing time, which is important, because our team has a strong bench. It's hard for a player to be up against Sue Bird or Lauren Jackson. In the fourth quarter, Belinda Snell made a three-pointer right away.'

The Fever gained 21 points during the fourth quarter. We were ahead enough to take some risks.

Curtis Salgado
Mercy and Cuteness are very much looking forward to seeing Portland blues harmonica phenomenon Curtis Salgado at Jazz Alley. He will be there on July 5 and 6. Band members will be Franck Goldwasser (guitar), Dave Fleschner (keys), Tracy Arrington (bass), and Brian Foxworth (drums). Salgado was named the 2010 Blues Male Artist of the Year. Several years ago he was diagnosed with liver cancer and told he had eight months to live unless he had a transplant, which he had no money for. Fortunately, friends did fundraisers for him. A little less than two years after his initial diagnosis, he was able to record the CD Clean Getaway.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

Mose Allison
Mercy and Cuteness are also looking forward with excitement to Mose Allison's return to Jazz Alley. He is an amazing Mississippi blues singer, songwriter, and pianist. He will be there July 7 to 10. Band members will include Allison Phile Sparks (bass) and Milo Peterson (drums). Allison has been touring for more than 50 years. Mercy likes the fact that Mose's songs include mentions of what it is like to be aging. After a 12-year recording hiatus, he is back with The Way of the World.

You can get your tickets at jazzalley.com.

Free concert: Seattle Chamber Music Festival
Mercy wants you to know KING-FM (98.1) will be broadcasting the Seattle Chamber Music Festival at Westlake Park, Fridays, July 8, 15, and 22 at 8 p.m. Also, you can see the pre-recitals free at Benaroya Hall at 7 p.m. on July 5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17, 22, 23, 25, and 27. The recitals are the best part, because the artist gets to choose music he or she resonates with.

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