Scarfolk Council: Mandatory De-education

•January 18, 2017 • 1 Comment

A public service announcement from the Scarfolk Council:

Complaint, by James Wright

•January 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment



by James Wright

She’s gone. She was my love, my moon or more.
She chased the chickens out and swept the floor,
Emptied the bones and nut-shells after feasts,
And smacked the kids for leaping up like beasts.
Now morbid boys have grown past awkwardness;
The girls let stitches out, dress after dress,
To free some swinging body’s riding space
And form the new child’s unimagined face.
Yet, while vague nephews, spitting on their curls,
Amble to pester winds and blowsy girls,
What arm will sweep the room, what hand will hold
New snow against the milk to keep it cold?
And who will dump the garbage, feed the hogs,
And pitch the chickens’ heads to hungry dogs?
Not my lost hag who dumbly bore such pain:
Childbirth at midnight sassafras and rain.
New snow against her face and hands she bore,
And now lies down, who was my moon or more.

Reading by Garrison Keillor:

All the books Rick read in 2016

•January 7, 2017 • 2 Comments

Back in January, last January, I decided to keep a log of the books I’m reading. At first it was a list, and after a short while I began to write down the date I finished the story. I’ve included an image of the cover for the books I liked, which you might like as well. Here we go:

The 12 Caesars, by Suetonius


Edwin of the Iron Shoes, by Marcia Mueller.

Armada, by Ernest Cline. Feb 1st.

Dixie City Jam, by James Lee Burke. Feb 15th.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, by Jonas Jonasson, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles. Feb 26th.


Full Dark House, by Christopher Fowler. March 6th.

Cold Dark Trail, by Jarkko Sipila, translated by Christian London. March 16th.

Don’t Look Now, by Daphne Du Maurier. March 26th.

The Nemesis Affair, by David M Raup. April 7th.


A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M Miller, jr. April 23rd.

The Last Picture Show, by Larry McMurtry. April 30th.


A Pocketful of Noses, by James Powell. May 15th.


The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum. May 25th. A 608 page story that could’ve been told in 250 pages.

Edgar A. Poe, A Biography, by Kenneth Silverman. June 16th. Stopped reading at 141 pages.

Acolytes of Cthulhu, edited by Robert M Price. July 10th.

Mycroft Holmes, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. July 17th.

Seven Brothers, by Aleksis Kivi, translated by Richard A. Impola. Aug 25th.


Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter. Aug 30th.


(At this point I lost track of what I was reading & when I read it)

The Two Towers, By J.R.R. Tolkien. Early September.

Black Hole, by Charles Burns. Mid Sept.


Orcs, by Stan Nicholls. Mid Sept. Stopped reading at 150 pages.

The King in Yellow, by Robert W Chambers. Late Sept, maybe early Oct. Get your notable heights of cosmic fear right here.


The Explorers Guild, by John Baird & Kevin Costner. Oct 24th.


Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King. Nov 10th.

Pretty Monsters, by Kelly Link. Dec 15th.


Five on a Treasure Island, by Enid Blyton. Dec 19th.

Five Go to Smuggler’s Top, By Enid Blyton. Dec 29th.

And that’s about it. Might’ve missed one or two in the fall and early winter. I’d say my favorite was The Explorers Guild. Part novel, part graphic novel, it’s quite an adventure story & I liked it very much. What have you been reading?

Sue McNally’s Paintings of the United States

•January 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Artist Sue McNally is creating a series of 50 paintings, one for each of the United States. Here are her paintings for Washington, Illinois, and Idaho.

Ruby Beach, WA


Ol’ Man River, IL


Idaho Trees




More at Sue McNally’s website.

WSJ Best Books of 2016: Compartment No 6

•December 30, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I’m pleased to see that the Wall Street Journal has named Compartment No 6 one of the best books of the year:

compartment-no-6-graywolfThe best books in 2016 were those that escaped the surround-sound cacophony of actuality and showed readers the magic and mysteries of elsewhere…

Two of the year’s most remarkable books took place in the wastes of Siberia. Rosa Liksom’s “Compartment No. 6” (translated by Lola Rogers) describes the alliance that emerges between a young woman and a seedy construction worker stuck together on a train en route to Mongolia in the mid-1980s. The stations of their endless, halting trip display the gaudy twilight of the Soviet Empire.

compartment-no-6-coverAvailable online or at your neighborhood bookstore.

There’s more information about the book at FELT.

Merry Christmas

•December 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Animation: The Longest Night

•December 21, 2016 • 1 Comment

In celebration of the winter solstice, here is a lovely cut paper animation by Angie Pickman.


Sweet Honey in the Rock: When I Die

•December 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment
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