That’s right—Ed and John are back, sooner than expected. Ed’s doing better off of his diet than he was on it. John’s cooking up a bowl of revenge grits. Together they discuss Jane and Phil’s upstate vacation, elaboration in prose writing, trying not to repeat yourself, bluegrass innovation, passed appetizers both comestible and musical, John’s novel idea, and the appeal, to children, of advertising. Follow links to Graywolf’s Literary Soireé on May 15, Elvis’s Worldwide 50 Gold Award Hits, David Chesworth’s 50 Synthesizer Greats, Bridgetown Bluegrass Festival, Zachary Lazar’s Vengeance, Susan Choi’s Trust Exercise, and Rhiannon Giddens.