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Words

Idiots'Books, a writer-illustrator duo who make books in the hayloft of a Maryland barn.

Mark Oppenheimer, writer, founder and editor of the New Haven Review.

The New Haven Review, which draws attention to New Haven-area writers, resuscitates the art of the book review. Full disclosure: I help edit it.

John Scalzi, novelist, blogger, Ohio resident.

Jeff VanderMeer, novelist, editor, teacher, Floridian.

Music

Harry Bolick, graphic designer, friend, and writer of fantastic fiddle tunes; he designed this website.

Drew Bunting, the hardest-rocking priest in all of Christendom.

Jonny Rodgers, who really does sound like no one else.

Nathaniel Rowan, luthier and fellow Mud Brother; he made my fiddle and banjo.

The Wiyos, phenomenal purveyors of ragtime, blues, and old-time country.

WPKN out of Bridgeport, CT; what radio can be like.

Causes

Free the Slaves, an antislavery organization. Conservative estimates suggest that there are 27 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other point in history.

The International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian relief organization; these are our global firemen, the people who run into burning buildings to save lives while the rest of us are running out.