Wendy Brenner’s classic 2005 profile of snake enthusiast Dean Ripa, who died Saturday. By now I’ve grown accustomed (and rather devoted) to Dean’s rhetorical style—outrageous overstatement, subsequent qualification—but I think I recognize something else, something authentic here: a certain strain of introverted misanthropy… | May, 2017
Tift Merritt is a singer-songwriter whose six albums of original material include Bramble Rose and, most recently, Stitch of the World. The New Yorker has called her “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.” She has earned a Grammy nomination, and Don Henley recorded her song “Bramble Rose” (featuring Mick Jagger and Miranda Lambert) for his solo album Cass County. When not on tour, Merritt lives and writes in North Carolina with her young daughter, Jean.
An installment in our weekly series, The By and By.
Touring is not for the faint of heart. Without a child, it is an animal exercise in mileage, calories, and sleep, which leaves me plagued with thoughts about what my karma must be that I have landed in a sickly-colored motel in this or that middle of nowhere. Touring with a child is more pleasurable, a true exploration, but frankly, tiring.