Hello! Sit down a spell and let me welcome you to this site. Please note: it’s still in the early stage of construction! I beg your pardon for its fledgling appearance.
In this vale of cynicism, post-ironical whatever, snarky sarcasm, and gotcha! impulsiveness, I offer instead a dark horse’s humility, sense of humor, and honest effort at sharing written words and ruminations about a variety of topics ranging from politics and pop culture to literature and criticism — whatever the muse’s druthers. My aspiration for adding this grain of sand to the great big web-blog desert is threefold: disseminating information, sponsoring open forums for substantive discussion, and a shameless, unsolicited display of my own writing in the doped out hope of one day quitting my day job. Not unlike just before the plane pulls into the gate and the pilot says something about recognizing how many other carrier options there are and thanking you for choosing theirs, I myself know only too well how mind-numbing the number of blogs and other interesting wastes of time there are on-line, so I do want to thank you for whittling a little of yours here. I hope to make it worthwhile!
Some disclaimers: this is just a blog; in no way howsoever would I purport to be a journalist or a pundit or a scholar any more than I would consider myself a chef on account of cooking my own meals. Any pretenses or similitude to such professions is purely happenstance or perhaps the plausible but nonetheless askew interpretation of you, dear reader. That said, read on! And thanks.
Occupation: indefinitely furloughed
Preoccupations: politics, bicycling, belles lettres, history, unhoppy beer, dark coffee, cooking without recipes, David Mamet dialogue & Spalding Gray monologues, all things Vermont, goats, thrift stores, public radio, canoeing/kayaking, cross country skiing, and camping.
Sounds: Stereolab, Mahler’s 9th, John Coltrane’s “Central Park West,” Mars Volta, Greg Brown’s voice, Bruce Cockburn’s passion, and Todd Snider’s stories.
Sights (moving): Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Pedro Almodovar, Hal Hartley, and David Lynch;
Sights (static): El Greco, Oswaldo Guayasamin, Franz Marc, Marc Chagall, Remedios Varo
Thoughts: Joyce, Beckett, Camus, Murakami, Garcia Marquez, Anne Sexton, Annie Dillard, David Foster Wallace, Flann O’Brien, Billy Collins, Andrei Codrescu, Noel Perrin, Zbigniew Herbert, Seamus Heaney.
Needless to say, this is a skimpy inventory.
Cheers all the same!