Thursday, May 10th, 2012

That Song Contest I Posted about Before

Entries for the Magician King Song Contest have surged since that last post, from zero to I believe two at this point. So that’s a factor of — I don’t even know what that is. They don’t even have math for that. That’s like an irrational number or something.

But you know what’s not an irrational number? 250. Dollars. The fruit is hanging very low here. Do you play something? Anything? Are you in a band? An a cappella group? An orchestra? Do you know someone who is? Do you have a sousaphone? I think you might have one. Seriously. Just check again. I’m pretty sure I saw it.

Do me a favor and spread the info around. Think of it like Kickstarter, only I pay you. Don’t make me produce a humorous video to promote this contest, people. Don’t force my hand. I will do it.

Some other news:

— I’m at the Sweet! Actors Reading Writers series tonight. An actress named Soneela Nankani will perform a Julia passage from The Magician King. Should be cool.

— I put up a long essay over at Time.com about being a book reviewer, and how it’s changed since Orwell’s day

— Somewhere, frozen in the carbonite of Time’s paywall, are my profiles of Joss Whedon and Alison Bechdel, which ran a couple of weeks ago.

And I’ve been roughing out dates for a summer tour. New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, San Francisco (and environs), Milwaukee … you can see the events as they go up here.

16 comments on “That Song Contest I Posted about Before

  1. TJIC says:

    I printed out the tab the other day and took it over to the guitar. Ten minutes of noodling around reminded me that despite two years of lessons, I’m utterly atrocious at guitar. :-/

  2. Leverus says:

    I’ve been having a similar experience. I thought maybe four years of never touching my guitar might have improved things … nope.

  3. trevor jp says:

    I’m not musically inclined but I want the fame, fortune, and fornication. I mean – what?

  4. Jaimie says:

    I can play the piano moderately well, but I don’t have a piano anymore. It’s stuck with my parents. I can also sing moderately well, but a capella? Ummm. Hmmm. Hm. Maybe I will, Lois. Maybe I will.

  5. am i the only one who feels compelled to tell people to withhold their entries, just so that Lev is forced to create his humorous promo? i just feel this needs to happen.

  6. trevor jp says:

    I agree with Amy.

  7. Jaimie says:

    I think Lev should cover the song himself…

  8. Jaimie says:

    Here is my completely-for-fun entry which my friend told me he could barely watch it was so awkward. Good luck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc2x-MvMGes

  9. srs says:

    Lev – You’re not motivating your fans properly. Replace “250 dollars” with “3rd book ARC (when ready)” and you will be swamped with entries.

  10. Heather Head says:

    O.M.G. JAIME. That’s so totally awesome. Especially with your expert editing… nicely done. You have my vote. I’m thinking of having my non-musically-trained children do a cover too, probably in stained t-shirts and holes in their pants (which is pretty much a given, seeing as how there are holes in ALL their pants). Maybe with a Minecraft animation in the background. Ooooo… maybe I can get them to re-create Brakebills in Minecraft…

    But. Only. If. We get. The humorous video. (I’m with ya, Amy).

  11. Josh says:

    I, for one, am waiting a bit longer to check out the competition. The deadline is May 29th; why post earlier?

  12. Leverus says:

    Fair enough.

  13. Michelle says:

    Mr. Grossman, do you know if there’s a way to read your article on Joss Whedon online without paying? I’d love to read it, since I’m a HUGE Joss fan, and I love your Time articles, but the link you provided says I have to pay in order to see the article.

  14. Leverus says:

    Time articles go free a few weeks after they’re first published. Before then I don’t think you can get around the pay wall — it’s incredibly annoying. It’s not as simple as the NY Times paywall (where you can just zip off everything after ‘html’ and you’re usually good to go). But the Whedon article should be free next week or the week after. I’ll tweet when it happens.

  15. Megan says:

    Come to Lexington, Kentucky on your book tour!!! We have a great independent book store – Joseph-Beth Booksellers. We’d love to have you!

  16. Jaimie says:


    Thanks. I hope it was good for a laugh. God knows I laughed before, during and after. And someone commented and was like “less dancing or whatever that was” and I laughed again.

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