Benson Beach

•October 4, 2015 • 2 Comments

We spent a longer than usual nine days at Cape Disappointment this year. A place I never tire of.

Here are some photos of Benson Beach on a quiet Friday afternoon.

Benson Beach birds

Coming down from dunes to Benson Beach

Bneson Beach dune grass

Benson Beach, Sep 2015

Benson Beach dead pelican

Glimpse of Benson Beach from dunes

Wild Chanterelles Cooked Over a Campfire

•September 21, 2015 • 1 Comment







Potatoes steamed with a dash of salt

Wild chanterelles, brushed and rinsed, and a few chopped onions, fried in gobs of butter

Optional: a dash of

Hobo Adobo

the juice of one lemon

a little bit of wine

one clove garlic, crushed or shredded

black pepper

equal parts soy sauce and olive oil, enough to make a pint (1/2 liter) of sauce

(Prepare in advance. Keep in a jar and splash a little on any vegetables, meat or mushrooms cooked over a fire. Shake well before using.)

A Full Larder

•September 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

Jams and jellies, green beans, pickles, tomatoes, peaches, shell beans, garbanzos, sauerkraut, and Kitty’s famous vegetable soup.



The Invention of Jaywalking

•September 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

nation rousedDid you know that the crime of jaywalking was invented by the auto industry? There was a time when city streets were the preserve of every sort of locomotion, including moving about on foot. It’s something I’ve seen many times in old footage of American cities, like this film of turn-of-the-century San Francisco:

The story of how pedestrians lost the use of city streets and how the myth of America’s “love affair with the automobile” was created is told in this fascinating episode of one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible:

If you’ve never listened to 99% Invisible, you really should.

There’s also an excellent article on the invention of jaywalking at Vox magazine.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Downtown

•September 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Singing about my now downtown and filming in my old downtown. Warms the heart.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

God Bless the Grass

•August 18, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This beautiful performance of God Bless the Grass, Malvina Reynolds‘ haunting song about truth, has made me an instant fan of Frances Everett.

This is a song my sister and I used to sing together.

There’s more of Frances Everett’s music here. Watching her videos is like sitting with a friend playing favorite old songs.

Scarfolk Council

•August 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The ever-interesting Nag on the Lake has turned me on to yet another fascinating blog, the Scarfolk Council.

From the homepage:

Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. “Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay.” For more information please reread.

Just go look at it.

The Core of the Sun, by Johanna Sinisalo

•August 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Johanna Sinisalo‘s newest novel, The Core of the Sun, translated into English by your faithful correspondent, is scheduled for release in the U.S. in January, 2016!

It’s a very fun book with a sharper satirical bent than Sinisalo’s earlier works, but it’s still filled with the speculative elements, nature focus, and assemblage of real and created found texts that made Troll and The Blood of Angels so interesting.

The story is set in an alternative present, in which Finland never repealed prohibition and gradually became an authoritarian “eusistocracy”, where every aspect of life, including procreation, is controlled for the promotion of a “healthy” society. The newest substance to be banned is the chili pepper, and our heroes are illicit chili pepper dealers.

It’s a great book, and with its mixture of straightforward narrative with ad copy, didactic children’s stories, school instructional films, and many other kinds of writing, it was great fun to translate.

More about the book at Grove/Atlantic .


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