In response to the punk stuff, a few readers have asked me what kind of music I like. I’m tempted to say, “the sound of sizzling bacon” and leave it at that. But basically, I’m your basic alternative/rock guy. I don’t much like heavy metal — with the exception of AC/DC — and I don’t like rap at all anymore. I did have a flirtation with Ska, and a local band called the Pietasters is still one of my favorites. I generally like music that wasn’t intended for dancing. I used to love the Kinks and I still listen to Dire Straits, U2 and REM a lot. I even enjoy crunchy stuff from time to time like the Indigo Girls (who I actually appeared on stage with a couple years ago). In other words, my tastes are dull and conventional. I use music as background noise for when I’m writing and that’s about it.