The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater: Star Wars

•May 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

A classic from the Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theater.

More puppets

Bits and Pieces, by Nils Völker

•May 9, 2016 • Leave a Comment

More art by Nils Völker.

Found on Nag on the Lake.

William Shakespeare: Sonnet 98 (From you I have been absent in the spring)

•May 1, 2016 • Leave a Comment



From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April dress’d in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.

Billy Paul: Me and Mrs. Jones

•April 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The great Billy Paul.

May he rest in glory.

Photos of the Pyongyang Subway

•April 23, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Elliot at Earth Nutshell has dozens of fascinating photos of his trip through the Pyongyang subway, previously off-limits to foreigners.


Youngwang Station.


Inside the train.


Pulgunbyol Station.

He has lots of other photos of his trip to North Korea, too.


•April 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The Truth podcast has a new series called Songonauts. It’s a musical sci-fi adventure comedy, with songs by Jonathan Mann of


I just listened to the first episode, and I love it. So goofy and infectious. Kept me grinning all the way home from the grocery.

Dark As My Heart nominated for the Petrona Award

•April 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment

dark-as-my-heartDark As My Heart, a moody and heartfelt novel written by Antti Tuomainen and translated by your faithful correspondent, has been nominated for the Petrona Award, given each year to a Nordic crime novel in English translation.

Here is what the judges have to say about Dark As My Heart:

Tuomainen’s powerful and involving literary crime novel has a mesmerising central concept:  thirty-year-old Aleksi is sure he knows who was behind his mother’s disappearance two decades ago, but can he prove it? And to what extent does his quest for justice mask an increasingly unhealthy obsession with the past? Rarely has atmosphere in a Nordic Noir novel been conjured so evocatively.

Melanie: Some Say I Got Devil

•April 4, 2016 • 2 Comments

Perhaps my favorite Melanie song.

A lovely performance, in spite of the fuzzy audio. It’s the only live video I could find.

More Melanie


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