You can play with the interactive map above right here on dbcgreentx.net. But I encourage you to read my debut submission to Gray Matters as well.
Here's the angle, in a nutshell:
I wanted to honor the passing of this route with a two-hour-plus bus odyssey. Rather than submitting my typically wordy paragraphs, I took a cue from Jimmy Joyce and his character Leopold Bloom, writing in elliptical "think-speak."
The clever crew at the Houston Chronicle's Gray Matters blog sliced and diced my stream-of-thought prose into an interactive graphical tour of Inner Loop Houston.
Since I submitted the text, Metro voted to budget an additional $10 million to hire more drivers and mechanics. In this way, where Metro had trouble deciding whether to offer more frequent service on certain routes, it could "err" on the side of more rather than less. Thus we now have service on Montrose Blvd. every 15 minutes, in both directions, all day, every day (every 30 minutes at after 8 pm). I have also learned that Heights Transit Center (corner of North Main, Studewood, East 20th, and West Cavalcade) will be out of commission under the new system, at least temporarily.
Thanks to Gray Matters curator Lisa Gray for believing in this project and taking my words to new multimedia dimensions.
To see more of Gray Matters on houstonchronicle.com, you'll need to purchase a digital subscription. I think it's worth every penny.
Odd Thursdays return to Super Happy Fun Land this Thursday, 13 August, after a two-month hiatus. I'll be there to read a selection or two from The Earthworm that Blows No Trumpet. I'll also have a few copies of Earthworm and Small Town available for sale: $20 for one, $35 for both. Cash or checks only. I don't have a way to scan your card.
Ah, the 13th. My favorite number, 13: the day in November on which I was born, the number I wear on the soccer pitch, a Fibonacci number, the pet number of Rice University's (arguably) most notorious club. I'll probably have about 13 copies with me. I don't expect to sell that many, because most people who come to SHFL don't come equipped with much cash. If I do run out, you can still buy a copy online or wait until the 27th (or some other odd-numbered Thursday).
If you do buy a copy, of course I'll autograph them for you. What kind of Pynchonian literary recluse do you think I am?
In two years of Thursday Oddities, I haven't been to many OT nights. My church choir rehearses on Thursday nights, and I have been a fairly devoted member for most of the last 14 years. Rehearsals don't finish until 9:30.
Some of you may know that I made an appearance at the Odd Thursday on Saturday 2nd anniversary party at SHFL. But that wasn't in my capacity as a writer. SHFL had managed to book Odd Thursday on the same night as World Naked Bike Ride, so the two events intersected. I addressed the Odd Thursday wordsmiths and their appreciative fans briefly on the subject of why people all over the world ride the bicycles Godiva-style through their cities and towns.
On a related note, I am very gratified to report that David Tyson Moore of southmorehouse presents, no slouch as a writer himself, says he is about 3/4 through his copy of Earthworm and is enjoying it. Kyle Blue, the MC of Odd Thursday, has recited his own poetry at numerous southmorehouse events, going back to when smh was an actual residence and performance space in the early '00s.
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