OTB Latenight – Steely Dan

By request from commenter Dantheman:

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Dodd Harris
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Dodd, who used to run a blog named ipse dixit, is an attorney, a veteran of the United States Navy, and a fairly good poker player. He contributed over 650 pieces to OTB between May 2007 and September 2013. Follow him on Twitter @Amuk3.


  1. sam says:

    Speaking of Steely Dan, did y’all know that the late, great Phil Hartman was a world-class graphic artist and that he did the cover for Aja–which I understand is considered by the pros to be the gold standard for album cover art?

    Oh, and yeah, the first one to answer this question correctly gets an all expense-paid weekend with Michael Phelps at the Betty Ford Clinic: whence comes the name “Steely Dan”?

  2. sam says:

    No peeking at Wiki for the answer to the question above.

  3. Dantheman says:

    Thanks, Dodd. It fits with this morning’s GDP news, too.

    Sam, years ago I was told it isn’t polite to enter a contest like this if you already know the answer, so I’ll pass.

  4. Dantheman says:

    Sorry, I meant the employment numbers. The GDP numbers are sooo last week.

  5. anjin-san says:

    Steely Dan ame from a certain device in a William Burroughs story. Not sure where you got the idea the Aja cover is one for the ages. It is nice work, but hardly epic. (the album itself certainly is). The Aja cover is a nice example of understated good taste, but Abbey Road & Sticky Fingers are easily more significant cover art.

    Bonus question. what are the hidden meanings in “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”?