Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

Meeting Tom

I wouldn’t call it chickening out as much as showing some restraint. But, yeah, Tom, call me. We’ll do lunch.

For the record, the man was surrounded by a perfect circle of gibbering fans all intermission. That’s gotta suck. And still he was very kind when I interrupted, said hello, and thanked him for making work that’s mattered to me.

I have a short list of people who’s work I admire so much, they make my heart go double-time. And Tom Waits is at the top of it.


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Hi, I’m Derek. I make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Instagram. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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