Goodbye 2016, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass …

Terrible year (see these photos from 2016). Hope we have another year, but it's too much to hope that it won't be terrible.This is an image from 2016 I will cherish.  Next time I am in Colorado it will probably be a strip mine.I surpassed my goal of reading 50 books in 2016 and hit 73, including re-reads. I … Continue reading Goodbye 2016, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass …


Hot, steamy, grass dying, plants drooping, dogs panting, sweat down back, cicadas in the night. Summer in the South.2014 Reading List:30. Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline29. Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter28. Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens27. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie26. The Gift of Wings, Mary Henley Rubio25. Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age, Bohumil Hrabal20-24. … Continue reading Mid-Summer

February Grays

Blues would be an improvement.I'm more pissed off than depressed actually. A kind of seemingly permanent desire to tell everything & everyone to fuck off.Suppose it's a variant on the usual black bird hanging around my neck.But see! I have read two great fat Dickensian novels already this year! Loved them both. The Luminaries got … Continue reading February Grays

War and Peace: The Fourth Time

Finally reading the new translation of War and Peace, years after Jeff and Gus read it. It's wonderful, intimate, with a modern tight third person point of view very unlike the British Victorians, who were masters of the omniscient POV. In this translation, I can hear Tolstoy's voice, his dry wit, his playfulness with words … Continue reading War and Peace: The Fourth Time