Monthly Archives: January 2015

Baffles

Preamble Funding. We need funding. At least several hundred bucks. Funds for baffles. Baffle-Bucks. Support Absorbency. Down with Reverberation. Support absorbency. (I know; I said that, but it bears reverbing.) Mute the blurt. In a word: Baffles. (alternatively) Baffles, baffles, … Continue reading

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Fractals

There were some lucid moments in the discussion, and I got in a few votes for not calling everything that has some discernible pattern “fractal.” The word “fractal” is just too fracking fun to throw around. It’s all fractal. Amazing. … Continue reading

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An Author’s Statement

In the last decade I’ve been writing mostly “fiction.” By that I mean not “non-fiction.” But genres are tricky, aren’t they? To write well, I advocate giving up all genres, and ignoring all the rules and admonitions (like this one), … Continue reading

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Beefheart & Gormenghast

Capt. Beefheart played at Goddard, the last summer I was around there, and although memory is inexplicably foggy about goings-on in Vermont in the late 60’s, it may have been the alternative media festival held there in 1970. Somewhere online … Continue reading

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Swahili

According to Google Translate, working from the English, the phrase “Unapaswa kula mavi ya tembo!” translates from Swahili into “You should eat elephant dung.” My Ugandan and Kenyan friends won’t tell me if that’s correct, so I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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Death of The New Republic

Thinking about The New Republic and what perhaps it really was, I’m reminded of the differences between “on-demand publishing” and conventional “traditional” publishing. The digital dissemination of music or writing is spectacularly disruptive, mainly because of the damage (or at … Continue reading

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2015 Redux

Upon closer inspection, 2015 has turned out to be almost indistinguishable from 2014. At least, the first week of ’15 sure as hell ain’t easy to differentiate from the last week of ’14. Come to think of it, I recall this same observation … Continue reading

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Overdue Get-Together in the “New” Year

Thank you all, once again, for the New Year invitations. They brought a strange synergy, augmented by reading your collective Skunk River Review pieces while listening to the Columbia University Orchestra playing the Fratres for Cello. Sadly, the outer walls of my … Continue reading

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