16 Tons


16 Tons, covered by Tennessee Ernie Ford. original by Merle Travis.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This song’s always resonated with me- Ford’s stentorian voice, perhaps the deepest out there besides Thurl “Tony the Tiger” Ravenscroft, lends weight to this tale of coal mine slavery. And with 29 dead in 2010’s Big Branch mine blast, we’ve still got a long way to go.

My post at Crimefactory about profanity in crime fiction is getting some legs. First it’s at Crimebeat at BooksLive, a South African crime fiction site, and then Criminal Complex picked it up.

Also, Facebook has new rules about promotion- old rules they’ve begun enforcing with the usual ex-laxity. You’re not supposed to promote using your Timeline page, that’s purely for Facebook to mine data about you for their advertisers. When you promote, you become an advertiser, and I imagine at some point they’ll start charging us for this. My new Thomas Pluck, Writer page takes the place of the “Pluck You, Too!” fan page. Please “Like” it if you’d like updates about my publications on Facebook:

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