I try to keep an open mind about things, but it can be really hard. When I flew to a friend's wedding in Minnesota, who was sitting across the aisle from me? Garrison Keillor, of course. So what do you think happened to me the moment I get out of the car this morning in the Slope and set foot onto Seventh Avenue? That's right, I just about get run over by a stroller, and bump into a guy wearing a Bjorn. Hey, I did find a parking spot in about 30 seconds, though.
Anyway, the kid drew on her shirt with a crayon at Two Boots, so we ducked into Lolli to buy a replacement, and I saw M is for Metal, a slick, funny alphabet book for umlautoholics and their kids.
The book is by Paul McNeil and Barry Divola, and is published by Love Police, an independent record label in Australia. That's right, hipster Australians [McNeil's actually from New Zealand, the Canada of Australia, but only New Zealanders keep track of that kind of stuff.]
You can abbreviate and just read the "Z is for Zeppelin," &c., part, or you can read the whole poems:
z is for zeppelin,M is for Metal is $AU28 +shipping, or you could hoof it to Lolli. [lovepolice.com.au]
we followed, they led,
stairway goes to heaven,
then off to bed.