It’s so dark I don’t see the nun buoy until I’m a few feet away. How odd. The red, nun-shaped marker on Parks Bend conjures an instant flashback to angry Sister Mary Library chasing me and Doug Hamilton around book shelves with a paddle, hoping to put a hurtin’ on us after we’d glued alarm […]
NPR likes to define its “moments” as those times you sit in your driveway with the car running, waiting for a particularly enthralling story to end before going into your house. Thanks to Hank Stuever and his marvelous book “Tinsel,” Lara and I had an inverse NPR moment recently. Our friend Barb loaned us an […]
“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” — David Foster Wallace I finally finished David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest a few weeks ago. I’m still not sure what to make of it. The book’s themes and characters continue to rise up in unsettled dreams, an unresolved, anxious feeling […]
While I was migrating to new servers, I realized I have a lot of stuff buried on my server that predates my blogging days. Much of it was created with an image program called Arles. Previously, I was linking to much of this from the left rail of my page, but it really didn’t do […]
I was driving too fast on the road to Mesa Verde, spraying dirt and gravel as I switchbacked my way through the hills toward my destination.
I’m driving toward Mount Charleston on 214 this morning, watching the sun rise orange and hot in my rearview mirror and listening to NPR. Billy Bragg is talking about the Newport Folk Festival, and he gives a hilarious account of Gillian Welch fighting airline delays to arrive 30 seconds before her set starts. Disoriented and […]
I hiked the North Loop on Mount Charleston a few weeks ago, following the trail up to a 3,000-year-old Bristlecone pine tree. It’s magnificent. And while I’m standing there admiring it, a few guys wander up wearing Zappos T-shirts. We talk for a while, and I ask them about the Zappos shirts. Turns out they […]
When I migrated from Movable Type to WordPress, I realized there’s a lot of crap on here. More than 600 posts over the past seven years. Someone beaming in from the Google Transporter would be hard pressed to figure out what’s going on here. So I’ve pulled together my favorite posts in a single category […]