I too am off for Readercon tomorrow morning, but I will be bringing my laptop and so may try to post "on the fly."
I hope everybody had a great 4th. Here's a picture of the fireworks over the East River!
Prior to this, I attended a free concert down at Battery Park, where I saw one of my favorite bands, The New Pornographers, whose eagerly awaited fourth album, Challenger, is coming out in August. The Pornos, as usual, were touring without member Dan Bejar, of Destroyer fame, but fortunately their other "studio-only" member was present: the sublime Neko Case.
The band has somehow got the rep of a power pop group, and there is definitely some truth to this, as witness their great Beach Boys-like harmonies and chiming guitars -- but they've always struck me as harder core than that. And weirder.
There's also always been a strong sf element to their lyrics -- and the new CD seems to carry on this tradition, judging by the 5 or 6 new songs they played, including the title song, which makes direct reference to the Challengers of the Unknown, a DC comic created and drawn by the great Jack Kirby prior to his work on the Fantastic Four.