Monthly Archives: April 2016

Z is for E(z)ra*

And The Days Are Not Full Enough And the days are not full enough And the nights are not full enough And life slips by like a field mouse Not shaking the grass        Ezra Pound   Ezra Pound (1885-1972) was … Continue reading

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Y is for Yellow Lines

My daughter – who is several years from driving age – has taken to saying ‘Stay in your lane!’ when she feels that someone is impinging on her (usually artistic or intellectual) territory. It took me by surprise when she … Continue reading

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X is for Diez

RIMA X Los invisibles átomos del aire en derredor palpitan y se inflaman, el cielo se deshace en rayos de oro, la tierra se estremece alborozada. Oigo flotando en olas de armonías, rumor de besos y batir de alas; mis … Continue reading

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W is for Whom

To Whom It May Concern: It’s not so bad. Sure there are bad people with guns and bombs out there, But so far you are safe, right? You are safe, right? In the event that the intended recipient of this … Continue reading

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V is for Vintage

Something very exciting happened earlier this year in the world of vintage photography, historical research, and public access to really cool and important images. If, like me, you are fascinated with vintage images and vintage image making, or if you … Continue reading

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U is for Understated

From a 2009 NPR interview with baseball player Ernie Banks: STEVE INSKEEP: How did you come to learn how to deal with disappointment? Mr. BANKS: I guess I was with a writer one time, named Herb Cohen, and he would … Continue reading

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T is for Traces

I live in what is not entirely kindly referred to as the Rust Belt, which means my city used to be Big and Important, and now it isn’t anymore. Being Big and Important brought with it all the good and … Continue reading

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S is for Story

We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories. –  Jonathan Gottschall     It’s one of those truths that’s completely obvious, but only after … Continue reading

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R is for Rube Goldberg

For the uninitiated, a Rube Goldberg machine is a device that is designed to do something relatively simple in a very (very) complicated way. One of the best Rube Goldberg machines I have ever seen is featured in this OK Go video. … Continue reading

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Q is for Quedar

Quedar* en lo que queda después del fuego, residuo, sola raíz de lo cantable. (Fénix) José Ángel Valente Stay* in what remains after the fire residue, alone root of what can be sung. (Phoenix) Translation by me. Corrections welcome. * … Continue reading

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