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Gameplay with Ryan Adams

tokennoteGiven how much of his life he’s spent pursuing numerous and varied types of gaming arts, it’s hard to imagine anybody on earth who would be more thrilled than Ryan Adams to have his likeness stamped onto an arcade token. So it was probably a bucket-list dream come true for a pinball enthusiast like Ryan to appear on tokens for┬áthe Analog Arcade Bar in the Quad Cities town of Davenport, Iowa. Analog is a game joint stocked with a ton of cool pinball machines and arcade games, and it looks like the kind of place that would be Ryan’s go-to hangout spot if he lived in the vicinity.

The tokens are about the size of a quarter and depict a bespectacled and tousle-haired Ryan beneath the motto “IN RYAN WE TRUST” on one side, with the Arcade logo emblazoned on the other. Ryan responded to the honor with an Instagram post, saying he felt like he’d “won the Nerdlympics.” The folks who run Analog were kind enough to send me a few with I asked for some, along with a very nice note. I plan to keep them in my Whiskeytown treasure trove, right next to the whiskey bottle. And I’d call this the coolest act of DRA homage this side of the menu at Sticks & Stones Pizza in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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Ya just can’t win…

When you’ve driven an hour and a half to do a bookstore reading, there are messages you just don’t want to see when you get there. For example, there’s the communique below, received Monday afternoon from my contact at the Greensboro Barnes & Noble when I checked email upon arrival:

We have a bit of a problem. The warehouse made a mistake and transposed a number and sent my books to another store. Therefore, I don’t have books for tonight’s signing. I’m hoping that you have some that you can bring and I will have them replaced. Please let me know if you have them.

As Ian Faith might put it, having no books to sign (or, more to the point, sell) at a bookstore signing seems like more than “a bit of a problem.” But hey, work in the entertainment-media industry long enough and you’ll eventually find yourself living out scenes from “Spinal Tap.” This one was a cross between the band out touring to promote an album that didn’t exist, and the record-store signing where nobody showed up. A few folks were at my reading last night, however, and I’m afraid some sales got left on the table. Oh well.

On the upside, the afternoon interview on WQFS-FM went well and the reading itself was highly pleasant, thanks to a few friends in the house. Jeri Rowe, who wrote a very nice preview piece in the Greensboro News & Record (which I wish I could link to, but it’s not online), had me read the infamous “resume passage” from chapter two. Parke Puterbaugh, author of a number of fine books himself, asked some on-point questions, as did Eddie Huffman and Molly McGinn (a long-ago N&O co-worker).

At the end of the reading, one fellow ordered “Losering” and a few folks promised they’d come back when it was in stock, and maybe they will. The Barnes & Noble manager gave me a $25 gift card, so that was nice. Afterward, a few of us went to the Ryan Adams pizza joint, and I gave the waiter a copy of the book to pass along to whoever did their menu. I had the “Cherry Lane,” which I’d say was better as a food item than a song.

Meanwhile…I sure do hope they’ll have books in Charlotte on Friday

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