Archive for August, 2012

Sunday Salon: Graham & Fitzgerald’s College of One

Greetings my fellow Sunday Saloners! I am excited to announce that I have finally finished Les Miz! It took me two months.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book very much, although I found the adult Cosette to be more than annoying with her starry-eyed worship of Marius and wanted to slap her silly several times. The reason I’m excited to be finished with it is because there are sooooooooooooooooooooo many other books I’m dying to read and now I can! Woo hoo!!!!

I also want to share my excitement about an addition to my permanent collection. Look!!! College of One!

This book contains the curriculum that F. Scott Fitzgerald put together for his mistress, Sheilah Graham, in the late 1930s when she was struggling to educate herself so that she could join in on dinner party conversations about history, politics, literature, etc.

I was really curious about the curriculum when I was reading Sheilah’s other books, Beloved Infidel and Garden of Allah in preparation for The Last Days of F. Scott Fitzgerald Tour I went on. You can read about that adventure here.

“Too bad that was never published” I thought.

You can imagine how ecstatic I was when I learned that it was published and when I was able to get a hardcover of it from an Amazon reseller. It’s now one of my most prized possessions!


Jack White at The Shrine


Jack White and his all-female band, The Peacocks, did not disappoint!

In addition to the great music, I really appreciated that he didn’t have one of those obnoxious video screens behind him full of song lyrics and annoying images. Just a simple 3 column backdrop (a W for White?) in monochrome lighting…blue?? gray???

According to Setlist.FM, this was the set list last night:

The Peacocks
Intro (I’m Shakin’)

  1. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes song)
  2. Missing Pieces
  3. Love Interruption
  4. Top Yourself (The Raconteurs song)
  5. Weep Themselves to Sleep
  6. Cannon / Sixteen Saltines
  7. Hypocritical Kiss
  8. Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes song)
  9. Two Against One (Danger Mouse cover)
  10. We’re Gonna Be Friends (The White Stripes song)
  11. Blunderbuss
  12. I Guess I Should Go to Sleep
  13. Take Me With You When You Go
  14. Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs song)
  15. Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather song) (Screwdriver intro)
  16. I’m Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes song)
  17. Ball & Biscuit (The White Stripes song)


  1. My Doorbell (The White Stripes song)
  2. Freedom At 21
  3. Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)Opening for Jack was the Luke Winslow-King Trio with Esther Rose playing washboard and singing with Luke, and Cassidy Holden playing an upright bass. Good music!

    Shout out to the venue…the amazing 1926 Shrine Auditorium.