The fire that started in the basement

among the polaroids, disturbs the dust and

climbs slowly up the stairs.

The smoke enters and exits every hidden

crevice and places you don’t see and places never known

to exist. It obfuscates and warns at the same time;

it panics and subdues at the same time;

it constricts and expands at the same time.

And suddenly the fire dines — voracious

on all these spaces and

all these places in time and all the photographs

in the basement.

It bounds up the stairs

and up to roof and leaps from the windows

and roof a thousand times a second, but

never falls, only rises. it never fails

only surprises.

19 Jan 2014 (it never fails)

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Piercing

Piercing Ryu Murakami

Piercing by Ryu Murakami

I have never been to Japan, but I suspect the essential theme of this book is transgression against suffocating cultural norms in that country.

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Running-Music Cut

Wow, I guess the dead of one of the coldest winters I can remember was a bad time to start a section on music to run to. I’m cutting Submissions too and putting a hiatus on the Photography section.

I still can’t figure on how to handle the submissions and it was a little soon for me to approach the photography from my time in the Army.

Thanks in advance for bearing with me.

The Best of Enya

by Enya

Enya began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band Clannad before leaving to perform solo. She gained wider recognition for her music in the 1987 BBC series The Celts. Shortly afterwards, her 1988 album Watermark propelled her to further international fame and she became known for her distinctive sound, characterised by voice-layering, folk melodies, synthesised backdrops and ethereal reverberationsShe has performed in 10 languages.

This is a good album, if you don’t mind occasionally feeling like you’re listening to a feminine hygiene product advertisement.

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Eaters of the Dead

EatersoftheDead-MichaelCrichton

by Michael Crichton

I’ve never been a fan of popular literature, but I’ve always enjoyed Michael Crichton. Though I’ll grant that pop-lit can be exciting, I’ve always felt it lacked the inspirational quality and artistry of big ‘L’ literature.

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Oh, Good Grief!

Oh Good Grief! by Vince Guaraldi

This album displays a re-interpretation of Schultz’s Peanuts classics as Vince Guaraldi experimented with electric keyboard and electric harpsichord in preparation of the release of his next album, The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi. The members of this trio were pianist Vince Guaraldi, guitarist Eddie Duran, drummer Carl Burnett, and bassist Stanley Gilbert.

For an artist whose work is so popular, Vince is sorely underrated as a jazz pianist.

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Moondog

Moondog by Moondog

Moondog, born Louis Thomas Hardin, was a blind American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. Moving to New York as a young man, Moondog made a deliberate decision to make his home on the streets there, where he spent approximately twenty of the thirty years he lived in the city.

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. You should judge this album by its cover.

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The Thick of It S04E04

Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s take on British politics. Starring Peter Capaldi.

 

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Cosmos: A Personal Voyage part 3 of 13

Harmony of the Worlds

Beginning with the separation of the fuzzy thinking and pious fraud of astrology from the careful observations of astronomy, Sagan follows the development of astronomical observation. Beginning with constellations and ceremonial calendars (such as those of the Anasazi), the story moves to the debate between Earth and Sun-centered models: Ptolemy and the geocentric worldview, Copernicus’ theory, the data-gathering of Tycho Brahe, and the achievements of Johannes Kepler (Kepler’s laws of planetary motion and the first science-fiction novel).

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