Colin Meloy to Write a Children’s Book

11/06/2009 12:25 PM |


Today in “Things that seem strange at first but actually make a lot of sense, come to think of it,” word comes from Tripwire that the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy is teaming up with his artist wife, Carson Ellis, to work on a children’s book called The Unfortunate Demise of Whitley Rackham. No release date has been announced, but it warms my heart to think of how many young children will undoubtedly soon be heard saying things like, “Mommy, what’s a palanquin?” or, “Daddy, why don’t we have a parapet?” or, “When I grow up, I’m going to fetishize antiquated language and objects in hopes that it masks the fact that I don’t have any real insight to offer about, you know, people. And on the off chance that anyone calls me out on it, it won’t really matter because they won’t be able to deny that I am awesome at writing melodies.”

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