Café Mouffe: An Antidote to John Philip Sousa

If you’ve had enough already of The Stars and Stripes Forever, try a little Todd Snider as he commemorates the day Pittsburgh Pirates hurler Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter while tripping on LSD. Snider explains his inspiration on NPR Music:

“I felt connected to that, because many times I have come to work unprepared and still done OK,” Snider says. “I think Doc Ellis gives unprepared people everywhere someone to look up to. He didn’t do it on purpose — he thought he was pitching the next day.”

There’s no moral to this story except not to judge a book by its cover.

“You don’t always know who’s going to be able to deliver or have the solution. You can’t rule somebody out just because of what you know about them,” Snider says. “You can’t judge a book, and not even if you’d read it.”

Doc Ellis tells the LSD no-hitterstory:

Encore: If you need more patriotic fervor, you can’t go wrong with Leonard Cohen’s Democracy Is Coming to the USA. (Read the lyrics.) Happy Independence Day!

Café Mouffe opens on Fridays. Please drop by for a listen and a chat. Sometimes the embedded videos don’t work here due to bandwidth constraints, but you’ll always find links to video sources in the notes. Try them. If you’re curious about the Mouffe, here’s the original idea behind it’s creation.

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