Good Food, Good Jazz, Great Reading

A big “thank you” to everyone that came out to our annual Murry’s Dinner last night.  We had a full house, terrific music, and a great reading by Tom Larson.  Tom came to our rescue when Richard Bausch was unable to make it to Columbia (can’t decide if I should post what exactly happened, and when in doubt, I won’t post) and we had to scramble last week – at the end of the semester, and with four days notice – to get a suitable replacement into town.

Tom was fantastic.  He spoke about his essay, “Freshman Comp, 1967,” about being a bookish young man during his first year at the University of Missouri.  The essay explores the influence of poet Tom McAfee, and has a detailed account of an infamous reading involving R.P. Dickey, Jerry Dethrow, a brouhaha, and a handgun (really).  Tom also gave us a sneak peek at his new book, The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” which will be out this September, and got the audience thinking about the influence and interaction between music and culture.  It was a terrific, engaging reading, and we were really glad that so many people came out for a great night and to support TMR.