In which we cover the marathon, Republican strategies, poetry, the art of selling a novel, and more news on the most entertaining candidate (so far) for governor.
1. Fat Girls Finish
NewWest.net's Jule Banville has been writing about her Missoula Marathon training for months. This is her last pre-race installment, in which she continues to offers hope for
couch potatoes sprinters like myself.
2. A theory on that weirdly timed Deschamps commentary re: Exxon
GOP Chairman Will Deschamps wrote a letter to the Missoulian about how Exxon should "stick it to Missoula," and it was published just days after an Exxon pipeline spilled tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River. Rob Kailey at Left in the West has an interesting theory on why Deschamps would do this.
3. More poetry from 4&20 blackbirds
We see and hear a lot of reaction after Best of Missoula each year, but rarely does it result in verse. This year's Best Local Website winner — which, by the way, has a healthy amount of poetry suggestions mixed into its political posts — responded with a thank you poem addressed to Indy readers.
4. Bill Vaughn shops a novel
You may know Vaughn's work from Outside magazine, other national glossies, or his blog, Dark Acres. Either way, he's always a sharp read, and he's now pitching his first novel to agents. Vaughn writes about the experience — and promises updates — as he awaits a response. He also offers a peek at the first two chapters of the book for free.
5. Neil Livingstone's supporters
I've been hearing about this guy even before he jumped into the race for governor. Let me just say his latest campaign report, as written about by MT Cowgirl, lives up to what I'd heard.