Entry 3
A weeklong electronic journal.
Feb. 16 2005 12:07 PM


One night only, The Crispin Glover
One night only, The Crispin Glover

Last night, I got to thinking that it was pretty cool playing the role of a musician on tour. Then it dawned on me that I'm not playing the role, I am a musician on tour. This has always been the lifestyle I wanted to pursue, if only I could make a living at it.

But I don't think this is your ordinary rock 'n' roll tour. For one, thanks to the good folks at Washington Post.Newseek Interactive (which owns Slate), most of the expenses for this trip are being covered, so we don't need to scrape for change by passing the hat and charging for our merchandise. And while I'd love to leave my day job behind for the life of a touring musician, I've actually been able to keep up with work during most of the trip. A few days before leaving, a brand new wireless BlackBerry arrived at my door, and I've been staying in touch via e-mail and phone all week. The proliferation of unprotected WiFi networks across the country has also allowed me to get my laptop online in just about every city we've been to so far. I'm starting to wonder if I might actually be able to do both my day job and my night job anywhere I can find a WiFi connection. I'll have to pose this scenario at the next staff meeting.


Getting out of Fort Collins, Colo., was somewhat dicey, as we woke up to heavy snowfall. But we had all day to travel the short 50 miles down to Denver for tonight's show at the 15th Street Tavern. We took it slow and easy all the way down I-25, and the weather started to come around once we got into Denver and landed at the Cotton-Cortiglio residence, where we'll be spending the night thanks to the hospitality of Doug, his wife Carrie, and their baby Lilah.

The Cassette of the Reality of Hell
The Cassette of the Reality of Hell

Shagbark and I set out on foot along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, a block from the venue for the night, and we started to feel a bit out of place and to wonder if it might be a struggle to play in such a ritzy area of town. As we walked toward the tavern, we felt better as things got a little seedier. Heading off to lunch, we hit an ATM and discovered a 60-minute cassette tape labeled "Reality of Hell" sitting on a window ledge. We don't have a tape deck in the car, so we don't know what's on the tape.

Shagbark doing dishes.
Shagbark doing dishes.

For dinner, we had a delicious home-cooked meal at Doug and Carrie's—chicken stuffed with artichokes, lemon, and feta cheese, with rice and broccoli. Shagbark, a notorious shirker of chores, got caught clearing the table and doing the dishes. We headed out for the show, with Doug as our new crew member, and arrived to find our tour's first marquee mention.

The Crispin Glover leads off with Jerry
The Crispin Glover leads off with Jerry

The show went really well. We're playing both loosely and tightly—tight when we need to be, especially with hitting the looper at just the right moment, but loose enough to let anything happen, so that we're following the music rather than guiding it. There was a decent crowd in attendance, including a very important couple of folks, Quinn's brother Floydd H. Shagbark and his lovely wife, who happen to be vacationing in nearby Winter Park, Colo. It was an honor to play for them tonight.

Jonathan Epstein is Slate's technical manager. He is relocating to Arlington, Va., after seven years in Seattle, Wash.


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

Trending News Channel
Sept. 19 2014 1:11 PM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM -30-
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.