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2020-11-29: 🔗 MPR News: Dave Prowse, actor who played Darth Vader, dies at 85

2020-11-27: The transcendent All Things Must Pass is fifty years old today.

2020-11-26: “…and with tears in our eyes, we drove off into the sunset looking for another place to put …

2020-11-26: Last, next. 72: United States of Letterpress (Starshaped Press) 73: Nat’l Parks: Denali

2020-11-25: I’m appalled to find I have a book-length ms of work written in 2020. How is this possible? I swear …

2020-11-24: Every morning, I stand in the darkness of my kitchen and think — maybe there was something I could …

2020-11-24: My triple-booked evening: I’m listening to two poets having a conversation on composition, process, …

2020-11-24: A late entry to the Bookmark project! I pulled a book off the shelf just now and stumbled on this:

2020-11-23: PSA: An Unearthly Child debuted 57 years ago today. Both Aldous Huxley and CS Lewis had died the …

2020-11-22: Well, it’s 8:30 on a Sunday night. Time to drink too much wine, revise old poems until they’re …

2020-11-22: After nearly a year, I think I’m finally ready to finish my rewatch of Until the End of the World. I …

2020-11-21: You come at science, you best not miss. 🔗 Two Rural States With GOP Governors And Very Different …

2020-11-20: What a brutal week. No, not brutal. What a week of extremes. Good, bad. Ugly, beautiful. Devastating …

2020-11-20: Before, there were literary events that I couldn’t attend because they were in distant cities or …

2020-11-20: 🔗 Payback’s a bitch: Merrick Garland Among Biden Candidates for Attorney General

2020-11-18: 🔗 Perfect headline at Mississippi Free Press: After Big Thanksgiving Dinners, Plan Small Christmas …

2020-11-17: Countdown Sixty-three days left. 11/7: The race is declared for Kamala and her perfectly capable …

2020-11-16: Are you looking through the bent-back tulips to see how the other half lives? Well, now you can …

2020-11-15: 🔗 Excellent review of the brilliant new feminist translation of Beowulf

2020-11-07: Kamala, in suffrage white. And her running mate gave a pretty good speech tonight, too. I guess …

2020-11-07: I will be rereading the Scouring of the Shire. I want Frodo to be proud of our restraint and mercy, …

2020-11-07: The cheers and honking have been more or less constant here in south Minneapolis for the last two …

2020-11-07: List #19 John Adams John Quincy Adams Martin Van Buren Benjamin Harrison William Howard Taft …

2020-11-01: Oh, I said I would be talking about pencils, didn’t I? Sorry, it’ll have to wait a little bit …

2020-11-01: How I Build Things: the second of two posts regarding my process as a writer

2020-10-31: How I Build Things: the first of two posts regarding my process as a writer

2020-10-30: 🔗 538: When To Expect Election Results In Every State and NYTimes: How Quickly Will Your Absentee …

2020-10-28: A song was stuck in my head for days. Just an arc of melody and a phrase. Not enough to identify it. …

2020-10-28: 🔗 The Star Tribune is shutting down City Pages

2020-10-26: 🔗 Poet Diane di Prima has died at 86.

2020-10-24: 🔗 Crews vacuum ‘murder hornets’ out of Washington nest: “Heavily protected crews in Washington state …

2020-10-24: I bought some pencils this week. Some familiar faces and one notable newcomer. Reactions, …

2020-10-24: Last, Next In August 2015, I began documenting my Field Notes as I moved from one to the next. I would take a …

2020-10-23: Light, steady snow, and a rare second mug of coffee.

2020-10-22: I’ll be spending the next ten days at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

2020-10-22: Last, next. 71: Autumn Trilogy (Elm) 72: United States of Letterpress (Starshaped Press)

2020-10-21: The same scene, just over twenty-four hours later.

2020-10-21: List #18 Don’t give her money back. See a penny, pick it up. Take a picture. Save the lovebirds. Ask …

2020-10-20: 🔗 You can’t take three from two — but apparently you can take all the lyrics and do whatever you …

2020-10-19: I wonder if the world needs another podcast.

2020-10-19: I think I’d need to do some processing & color-correcting to get my iPhone camera to see what I …

2020-10-19: Our street is lined with ginkgo trees, whose leaves are turning the loveliest light gold. Such a …

2020-10-18: Some things keeping me busy: ❧ Reposting poems and experiments from an old blog. ❧ Starting a new …

2020-10-17: 🔗 Twin Cities voters flock to early voting centers in huge numbers

2020-10-16: Twenty-fifth anniversary today. We’re celebrating by… doing laundry. Later, a takeaway dinner from …

2020-10-16: Aaand… snow flurries.

2020-10-15: We were the second and third people to go in. When we came out twenty minutes later, a line of maybe …

2020-10-15: Voting early this morning. I will be curious to see if there’s much of a line, or any red hats there …

2020-10-14: A Day in the Life Minneapolis, 05:30 CDT How I begin every morning: tea for her, coffee — and the …

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2020-10-09: 🔗 HBO: the trailer for a staged reading of Hartsfield’s Landing, from Season 3 of The West Wing, …

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2020-09-24: Amazing lightning show this morning. Either there’s a big storm coming my way, or someone’s opening …

2020-09-22: A gentle reminder: When we say we dislike a word, phrase, idiom, or grammatical or syntactical …

2020-09-22: The Covid screening I have to do every morning reminds me that my normal body temperature is so low …

2020-09-19: Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Hmm, y’know, maybe I have enough books”? Yeah, me neither.

2020-09-18: Last, next. 70: Kraft Lined 71: Autumn Trilogy (Elm)

2020-09-15: ICE whistleblower: Nurse alleges ‘hysterectomies on immigrant women in US’ If you vote for Trump, …

2020-09-11: The Magical Powers of a New Shirt: on 9/11, violence, language, and The West Wing. (I wrote this in …

2020-09-11: From 10 July to yesterday, I posted bookmarks from 43 different bookstores. Sixteen of them are …

2020-09-10: And this brings us to the end of the run. I will continue occasionally posting other bookmarks — and …

2020-09-09: This version surfaced a few weeks ago, too late to be included in the original post.

2020-09-08: An excellent bookstore so richly and lovingly stocked, it seems much larger than it is.

2020-09-07: I picked up armloads of science fiction and fantasy here in the early 80s. Better selection that B. …

2020-09-06: The most recent version I have, and the last for this series. Some friends sent me an envelope full …

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2020-09-04: The villain sweeps on stage and strikes a pose. We boo uproariously. He basks in it, studying his …

2020-09-03: From the last days of the Hungry Mind. After selling their name to a short-lived online school, they …

2020-09-02: We’re over two months into my bookmark tour. I have four envelopes stuffed with bookmarks, including …

2020-09-02: 📚 What I finished this week.

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2020-09-01: The First Kiss apple debuted at the State Fair two years ago. (For those out west, the Rave is the …

2020-09-01: This turned up in a used book I bought in Salt Lake City, or possibly Santa Fe.

2020-08-31: I wandered in during their first anniversary in May of ’96 and was instantly ensorcelled. I appeared …

2020-08-31: 🔗 America Has Two Feet. It’s About to Lose One of Them. Up to now, people who said there was only …

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2020-08-28: A bookmark labelled bookmark from a bookstore called The Book Store. Reminds me of the yellow and …

2020-08-27: I love this place. (I did a doubletake when I saw the cover of Franzen’s How to Be Alone, not only …

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2020-08-23: From sometime in the mid ’00s.

2020-08-22: Ray Bradbury, 100 today. My Premature Autobiography, written when he was 21.

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2020-08-21: In the strip mall across the street from the original Cheapo. I assume it must have been connected …

2020-08-20: You crawl under your desk to plug something in, and you take a minute to tidy the cables, and then …

2020-08-20: Exquisite used shop. An astonishingly broad selection for a place the size of my living room, …

2020-08-19: Pitch-perfect bookstore. I salute their buyers. For example, I can take in its poetry section almost …

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2020-08-17: I love places like Wallace and Mercer Street to the extent they remind me of the Book House. A …

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2020-08-15: From sometime in the early or mid ’00s.

2020-08-14: The Blackwell’s by the university was my bookstore during my semester in Aberdeen, but I haunted the …

2020-08-13: I found Edmond Jabès’ Book of Questions here. Yes, in a Borders. In Richfield. Right there on the …

2020-08-12: Last, next. 69: Nat’l Parks: Acadia 70: Kraft Lined

2020-08-12: The great Labyrinth. My favorite shop in NYC. Possibly the closest in feel to the Hungry Mind in its …

2020-08-11: A Livestream reading of the Odyssey: “Oklahoma Contemporary will livestream a six-day reading series …

2020-08-11: The Color of Lot 49 As a result of a comment I made earlier today, I found myself describing the experience of being …

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2020-08-09: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-08-09: From the mid-teens.

2020-08-08: Right now: popcorn, Bourbon Renewals, Wayne Shorter, and a stack of books. Later: a homemade dinner …

2020-08-08: Okay, Green Apple, Black Oak, then City Lights. (I was sorry, therefore, to discover that Black Oak …

2020-08-07: Love this place. A little house, with nooks and rooms devoted to different genres. In the SFF room, …

2020-08-06: I remember really liking Prairie Lights, but I’ve only been there once, passing through on a …

2020-08-05: This Borders replaced Odegards, which had held on a little longer than the St Paul store. It’s …

2020-08-04: Fantastic shop in the heart of Uptown. Everything The Strand wishes it were.

2020-08-03: This will always be the real Amazon Bookstore. Imagine the alternate universe where the venerable …

2020-08-02: Another Sunday, another Powells. From around 2011 or ’12, I think. The period has vanished from the …

2020-08-02: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-08-01: Hungry Saturday.

2020-07-31: Odegards at Victoria Crossing closed in ’96. (And was replaced by I wanna say an Aveda?) A few years …

2020-07-30: The erstwhile Biography, now known as Bookbook. Not sure whether I love or hate the new name. Either …

2020-07-29: No bookmark, just a business card from Biography. It was driven out by the Marc Jacobs infestation …

2020-07-28: I picked this up when we visited the USSR exhibit at Expo 86. The USSR may be gone but the Peoples’ …

2020-07-27: Almost perfect book store. Large enough to feel like you probably missed something, small enough not …

2020-07-26: Powells again. This is from around 2010 or so.

2020-07-25: It’s Saturday, which means it’s time once again for a Hungry Mind bookmark. Another tiny one from …

2020-07-24: Soundtrack for the weekend. The CD came in the mail today — almost three weeks early. Two songs are …

2020-07-24: Rounding out this NYC week is the Strand. I wish I could say why, but I’ve always merely liked …

2020-07-23: Now this is how you do a used book store. (I thought I also had a bookmark from when it was Gryphon, …

2020-07-22: Maybe it was in its decrepit twilight, but I found Gotham forbiddingly hostile and risibly pompous. …

2020-07-21: Sorry, everyone: yet another dead book store. I found this inside an older book I received from a …

2020-07-20: The other day, as we were talking about something else, I made a reference to the “Co-op Wars” of …

2020-07-20: Housing Works is such a cool place. And possibly my favorite bookmark: good cardstock, great …

2020-07-19: For about five years, I lived an easy walk or a short Streetcar ride away from the Burnside store. I …

2020-07-19: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-07-18: Ah, the Hungry Mind. I started going here when I was nine to collect Tintin books. This was my book …

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2020-07-16: Lovely shop. I’ve seen it turn up as a location in TV shows when they want the characters to seem …

2020-07-15: 🔗 “Vintage Classics launches new series of pocket-sized translations”

2020-07-15: Great little shop. Perfect name for a used book store. It was in Linden Hills, next door to the Dunn …

2020-07-14: I think I must have found this tucked in a book I bought somewhere else, since I have no memory of …

2020-07-13: This post from the Hennepin County Library Tumblr caught my eye today, and I remembered that I …

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2020-07-12: Well, that was fun: I flipped through a bunch of books and took a bunch of pictures. Buckle up. …

2020-07-12: City Lights is a great bookstore, of course, and I try to go every time I’m in the City. But if you …

2020-07-12: 📚 What I finished this week. (Bonus! Emo Phillips joke included at no extra charge!)

2020-07-11: St Mark’s was small but mighty. A regular stop when I lived in the gravity well of NYC. But I’m 0 …

2020-07-10: Two bookmarks that resurfaced in old books around the house. The Odegard’s at Victoria Crossing …

2020-07-09: Last, next. 68: Mile Marker Deer 69: Nat’l Parks: Acadia The Acadia is yar.

2020-07-04: List #17 El Norte New France New Netherland Yankeedom Tidewater Deep South Greater Appalachia The …

2020-07-04: Criminal — an account of a dream, found in a notebook from 2013. (Recently, I’ve been going through …

2020-06-28: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-06-24: Your periodic reminder that yes, the TV show M∗A∗S∗H ran for eleven years when …

2020-06-24: After a few days with Dylan’s Rough & Rowdy Ways, this afternoon’s soundtrack is Xe by Zs.

2020-06-23: One of life’s little ironies: if you stand up to a bully, he’ll call you a bully.

2020-06-22: 📚 What I finished last week.

2020-06-14: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-06-11: Last, next. 67: Wednesday Green 68: Mile Marker Deer

2020-06-04: Last week, I finished the Random Walk through my home library. Let’s review what we’ve learned, …

2020-06-03: Attorney General Ellison will be elevating the charge against Chauvin to 2nd-degree murder, which …

2020-05-31: It is, perhaps, significant that the protesters marching from the Capitol building this afternoon …

2020-05-31: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-05-31: Today was the last day of my Random Walk, and I thought I’d take a minute and describe my process. …

2020-05-31: We finally slept from midnight to 3 am. Up for a while. Still quiet on the street. Back to sleep. We …

2020-05-31: 31 42:12, 23:44

2020-05-30: Uptown is, at last, quiet. No sirens, no explosions, no traffic. And after circling loudly all day, …

2020-05-30: The cellist was back tonight, playing for the neighborhood just before curfew. But instead of hawks, …

2020-05-30: This is going to be a long night.

2020-05-30: Each weekend this month, as a lark, I’ve been posting a picture of a Minneapolis sidewalk. But I …

2020-05-30: 30 10:19, 6:7

2020-05-29: 8PM curfew tonight.

2020-05-29: 29 2:19, 22:21

2020-05-28: 28 45:5, 16:5 Tulips and New Amsterdam. (The NYC book was published in 1954. Absolutely amazing …

2020-05-27: 27 22:13, 44:6 From a certain angle, this is so me. I could have carefully chosen seven important …

2020-05-26: 26 29:19, 55:5 No comment.

2020-05-25: Sidewalks of Minneapolis #4

2020-05-25: 25 17:16 Pronounced Mardu Gorgeous. Such a fun book, and exactly the sort of eccentric thing NYRB is …

2020-05-25: Marjorie Perloff’s blurb on the back cover of The Mathematical Sublime is an inadvertant …

2020-05-24: TFW you spend fifteen hours over two days writing an extended reply to and critique of something …

2020-05-24: 24 28:17, 21:13

2020-05-23: 23 5:13, 42:7 Today’s books represent two lifelong preoccupations of mine. (Because I’m more …

2020-05-22: 22 33:25, 36:2 I tried commenting on these, but I got talking about dowries, genocide, potlatches, …

2020-05-21: 21 3:4, 64:18

2020-05-20: PSA I only just noticed I accidentally posted a Random Walk entry a few days ago without its …

2020-05-20: 20 30:12 7:5

2020-05-19: 19 48:15 Shelf 48 is Davenport Central. (nb and tmi: I’ve done some reshelving since starting my …

2020-05-18: 18 11:14 I’ve been a fan of Erin Belieu since her first book, Infanta. 57:5 Should be called “The …

2020-05-17: Sidewalks of Minneapolis #3 The Mall and Humboldt.

2020-05-17: 17 15:47, 61:8 The Authors’ Book was Macmillan’s style book for authors. A history of the company, a …

2020-05-16: I posted something about The West Wing a few days ago. (Oh, it was two weeks ago? Okay.) I trimmed a …

2020-05-16: 16 4:22 The world my wife moves in, and what moves her, as choreographer and mover. 19:11 As part of …

2020-05-15: 15 21:30, 25:20 Two Irish writers in Vintage International editions.

2020-05-14: As a life-long Thoreauvian, this is fucking hilarious, and spot on.

2020-05-14: 14 62:26, 32:20

2020-05-13: 13 1:7, 26:3

2020-05-12: Okay, my hair is entering the Stargate-era James Spader zone. Soon I’ll be in full-on Hardy Boys …

2020-05-12: From his front porch, our neighbor across the street just finished playing Bach’s 3rd Cello Suite in …

2020-05-12: 12 4:1 Gift from my aunt to my father, who loved dictionaries (and spoke seven languages, the …

2020-05-12: I used to think I’d missed my calling. Later I realized I simply never monetized it.

2020-05-11: 11 28:22 Poor old fool. Bold but deranged scholarship. Such hubris. Tempus tacendi, Nuncle. (O but …

2020-05-10: 10 52:1, 23:29

2020-05-10: The sidewalks of Minneapolis #2 S Washington Av

2020-05-09: 9 55:11 Storm is largely responsible for the practice of formally naming tropical storms. Such a …

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2020-05-08: 💬 If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers. —Thomas …

2020-05-08: 8 62:9, 47:14

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2020-05-07: 7 43:2, 49:3 (49:3 is a rare example of a misshelved book. It should be across the house with the …

2020-05-07: Last, next. 66: Coastal (Chesapeake) 67: Wednesday Green

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2020-05-06: 6 37:7, 29:17

2020-05-05: 5 25:10 Such a gentle surrealist. Like Brian Wilson, he just wasn’t made for these times. (Speaking …

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2020-05-04: Six Zoom Meetings Before Lunch: on self-care, timelessness, and boundaries

2020-05-04: 💬 Dogen: To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things …

2020-05-04: 4 13:30 OuLiPo is one of several core inspirations for this series, so of course it seems …

2020-05-03: The sidewalks of Minneapolis #1 28th & Hennepin

2020-05-03: 3 14:48 Better known as the author of Growing Up Absurd, he was a medium-well poet when raw was the …

2020-05-02: Hmm, I suppose I could do a regular pen post. And I could call it PENDEMIC.

2020-05-02: 2 12:45 I found the Lu Chi (trns Sam Hamill) at the late great Sixth Chamber in 1998. 23:3 The …

2020-05-01: 1 24:29 37:2 Two books chosen completely at random from around the house. How random? I generated …

2020-05-01: The polls have closed and with 1% of the precincts reporting, I’m ready to declare the winner. The …

2020-05-01: ✏️ The end of the Pencil Tour: Days 1–7 Days 8–15 Days 16–21 22: USA Gold 23: Try-Rex 24: General’s …

2020-04-30: It doesn’t happen all that often often — blink and you’ll miss it — but a few of my poems have just …

2020-04-30: ✏️ Day 30: The Americans

2020-04-30: The Americans The FaberCastell American 2.5 was the only pencil I used for most of high school and all of college. …

2020-04-29: List #16: Possible New Daily Posts For May A. Rorschach Reveries: In The Mind Of The Beholder B. Cap …

2020-04-29: Nothing like hand sanitizer to swiftly reveal the existence of a papercut you hadn’t previously been …

2020-04-29: ✏️ Day 29: General Goddess Very similar to the Pacific, it is a mildly gritty HB verging on F. It …

2020-04-28: ✏️ The pencil tour will be coming to an end this Thursday. But these daily posts have become an …

2020-04-28: ✏️ Day 28: General’s Cedar Pointe This was the second General pencil I discovered, after the …

2020-04-27: 🔗 Live webcams of famous places around the world (via Coudal Partners)

2020-04-27: ✏️ Day 27: General’s Semi-Hex, Badger, and Supreme Three excellent pencils. To my eye, they lay down …

2020-04-26: You can hear the strings tuning up at the beginning of Sgt Pepper, but then they just sit on stage …

2020-04-26: ✏️ Day 26: General’s Scribe and Pacific These both feel slightly firmer than true HB. The Scribe, …

2020-04-25: ✏️ My pencil posts have become so wildly popular, I’ve found I can’t go out without being mobbed by …

2020-04-25: ✏️ Day 25: General Kimberly During my pencil renaissance in the mid ’00s, these were the first …

2020-04-24: Is sleeving the only way to earn more sessions?

2020-04-24: ✏️ Day 24: General’s scoring pencils CWP’s Baseball Scoring pencil makes me miss my Mom, who was a …

2020-04-23: ✏️ Day 23: Moon Try-Rex Fairly smooth core on the soft side of HB. Given my preference for harder, …

2020-04-22: Tonight I decided to try to get caught up on iPhone models, since I haven’t been paying attention …

2020-04-22: Let me tell you how it will be There’s one for you, Covid-19 for me (This one has been stuck in …

2020-04-22: Hey Covid-19, we got nothing in common, no we can’t talk at all.

2020-04-22: ✏️ Day 22: USA Gold Nice, easy pencils. A dozen for maybe $3. I can resist everything except …

2020-04-21: Tonight’s West Wing drinking game. I drink: whenever Josh has his backpack over one shoulder any …

2020-04-21: ✏️ The Pencil Tour so far: Days 1–7 Days 8–14 15: Bugle 16: Tennessee Red 17: Dixon 18: Blackfeet …

2020-04-21: ✏️ Day 21: Mongol Another classic. I can’t remember how long these three have been with me, in a …

2020-04-20: I miss dial tones.

2020-04-20: ✏️ Day 20: Eagle Mirado More from my CWP visit in December. Like the Black Warrior and the …

2020-04-19: ✏️ Day 19: “Sunset” It was pretty hard to find out anything about this pencil. It seems to have been …

2020-04-18: 🔗 RIP Matthew Seligman

2020-04-18: Starting in MarsEdit 4.4 alpha, post status: “draft” Adding this line via the Web interface Adding …

2020-04-18: ✏️ Day 18: Blackfeet Indian Writing Co A Sundance and an Exacta. Two excellent pencils I’ve had …

2020-04-17: ✏️ Day 17: Dixon

2020-04-17: Dixon One of the most ubiquitous pencils in the US. When I was a kid, I tended to use other pencils more …

2020-04-16: ✏️ Day 16: Musgrave Tennessee Red.

2020-04-16: Tennessee Red After they had closed their NYC storefront and shortly before they suspended their online shop, I …

2020-04-15: PSA: A new season of Bosch drops this Friday.

2020-04-15: ✏️ The Pencil Tour so far: Days 1–7 8: Castell 9000 9: Staedtler Noris 10: Derwent 11: Palomino …

2020-04-15: ✏️ Day 15: Musgrave Bugle. A no-bullshit pencil. Very light in the hand, and a perfect HB core. I …

2020-04-14: ✏️ Day 14: Musgrave Harvest and Ceres. Musgrave cores tend to run a bit dark for my taste, but these …

2020-04-13: 📚 I haven’t managed to finish reading anything since mid-March. My concentration is shot, and so I …

2020-04-13: 🔗 Berkeley’s California Typewriter to close after 70 years of service…

2020-04-13: ✏️ Day 13: Musgrave Newspaper. A pencil made from recycled newspapers, pressed in layers like tree …

2020-04-12: ✏️ Day 12: Field Notes. Fantastic pencils, extremely close to my ideal pencil. Lighter core, like an …

2020-04-11: ✏️ Day 11: Forest Choice. Nice cheap pencils from Palomino. Creamy graphite, dark but not too dark. …

2020-04-10: ✏️ Day 10: Derwent. Excellent pencils. Good lines, and they hold their point well. So many pencils …

2020-04-09: Ou sont les Pinboard apps d’antan?

2020-04-09: Last, next. 65: Nat’l Parks: Yosemite 66: Coastal (Chesapeake)

2020-04-09: ✏️ Day 9: Staedtler Noris. A nice no-nonsense pencil. Apparently as iconic to school kids in the UK …

2020-04-08: ✏️ Day 8: Castell 9000. I have some newer ones in a box somewhere, but these three are from the late …

2020-04-07: Hal Willner and John Prine, both dead today of Covid-19. This is going to be a(nother) rough year.

2020-04-07: ✏️ The Pencil Tour so far: 1: a selection of Japanese pencils 2: Too Many Words about Blackwings 3: …

2020-04-07: ✏️ Day 7: Eidelweiss by Caran d’Ache. Swiss pencils that seem flamboyantly, defiantly expensive. I …

2020-04-06: ✏️ Day 6: Viarco Desenho. Another purchase from CWP last year. One H and one 2H. They both run a bit …

2020-04-05: ✏️ Day 5: Bohemia Works Blacksun. I don’t know anything about these pencils. I bought six of …

2020-04-05: Waking up with coffee and some childhood comfort food. (Mug by Clinton Pottery)

2020-04-04: So… all this time, we really have been sitting around a bathtub making documentaries about …

2020-04-04: My Plan for National Poetry Month (This post has moved here)

2020-04-04: ✏️ Day 4: Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth. This was the first gold pencil and the role model for every yellow …

2020-04-03: Many thanks to Adam Tinworth and my friend Patrick at the Cramped for linking to my hastily …

2020-04-03: ✏️ The Pencil Tour continues. Day 3: Viking Skjoldungen and Skoleblyanten. Really nice workhorse …

2020-04-02: ✏️ Too Many Words about Blackwing Pencils

2020-04-02: Too Many Words about Blackwing Pencils The Pencil Tour, Day 2. Part One: MMX (Soft) Here’s where it started in 2010. Palomino, clearly …

2020-04-02: I haven’t been on camera for a few days and, of course, no one has left the house since last week. …

2020-04-01: ✏️ The Pencil Tour, Day 1: My small selection of Japanese pencils. Mostly experiments or novelty …

2020-04-01: Like many of us, some of my work suddenly involves lots of video conferences at my desk in my home …

2020-03-30: ✏️ And these just arrived in the mail: A few slightly off-center cores, as expected; it’s a known …

2020-03-30: ✏️ It’s National Pencil Day! Here’s my EDC case. Left to Right: General Goddess (x3) General …

2020-03-29: na-nuh na-nuh na-nuh na-nuh, na-nuh na-nuh na-nuh na-nuh — Jane! Stop this crazy thing!

2020-03-29: * now here you go again you say you want your freedom showing how funky and strong is your fight it …

2020-03-28: * Life is more than mere survival We just might live the good life yet It’s my life and my dream …

2020-03-28: FYI The last three Earworms are going up this weekend.

2020-03-27: * No one ever warned me Love just takes you by surprise People, let me tell you ’bout my best friend …

2020-03-26: * A little bit of Monica in my life: she’s into superstitions, black cats, and voodoo dolls. When …

2020-03-25: * Everybody’s got a special kind of story, everybody finds a way to shine. Some walk by night, some …

2020-03-24: * Anytime you meet a payment Anytime you need a friend Come ride the little train That is rolling …

2020-03-23: * New boy in the neighborhood, lives downstairs and it’s understood: No one can talk to a horse, of …

2020-03-22: * I never travel far without a little big star and there ain’t no one going to turn me ’round like a …

2020-03-22: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-03-21: * Life’s not the French Riviera, believe me, life’s not a charity ball. It’s a jungle out there, …

2020-03-20: * Can you see me walkin’ down the street? Beatbox blares a click-track to my empty mind – You …

2020-03-19: * I gotta feeling that I can’t let go: they’ve given you a number and taken away your name

2020-03-18: Here it comes, here it comes— Here comes your Covid-19th nervous breakdown

2020-03-18: What I finished the week of February 17th and 24th, and March 2nd and 9th. 📚

2020-03-15: At the grocery store this morning, some shelves were empty, but massive pallets of canned goods …

2020-03-07: Listening to a lot of McCoy Tyner today.

2020-02-23: Happy Terminalia.

2020-02-21: Anna Burns, Milkman: Just as most people here chose not to say what they meant in order to protect …

2020-02-18: Last, next. 64: Nat’l Parks: Zion 65: Nat’l Parks: Yosemite

2020-02-09: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-01-27: 📚 What I finished last week.

2020-01-20: 📚 What I finished this week.

2020-01-19: Sixteen years of journals. 📝 I got it in my head this morning that I should generate an index. Read …

2020-01-16: JRR Tolkien’s son, Christopher, dies at 95

2020-01-16: Many thanks to @jonesbp for posting this fantastic project by Sahel Sounds: Every month, we’ll be …

2020-01-12: 📚 Finished for 2020 New plan.

2020-01-09: When in doubt, choose Caslon.

2020-01-06: Last, next. 63: Shenandoah Maple 64: Nat’l Parks: Zion

2020-01-04: Bachelard, The Poetics of Space: If we were to give the imagination its due in the philosophical …

2020-01-02: This is your General Purpose Reminder: Are you forgetting something?

2019-12-29: Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation. Alasdair Gray, 1934–2019.

2019-12-25: William Gaddis, The Recognitions: —Merry Christmas!, the man threatened.

2019-12-13: Oh, Manhattan, how I have missed you.

2019-12-12: Until the End of the World So my DVD of Until the End of the World has arrived. Because of travel plans over the next two …

2019-12-12: It’s here!

2019-12-05: Are you steering toward what you want, or away from what you don’t want?

2019-12-05: We build our reputations moment by moment, in a thousand tiny decisions; to speak or not speak; to …

2019-12-05: 🍸 Happy Repeal Day!

2019-12-01: If you want something done wrong, you gotta do it yourself.

2019-11-29: Last, next. 62: Oak 63: Maple

2019-11-28: “We had never heard of a dump being closed on Thanksgiving before, so with tears in our eyes, …

2019-11-21: Throwback Thursday: the view from my living room in PDX, shortly before dawn, 2015/11/21. Mt Hood on …

2019-11-19: 🔗 The Disappearance and Revival of John M. Ford.

2019-11-19: 🔗 With Paper Monuments, New Orleanians Draft The City’s History Themselves

2019-11-16: Finally.

2019-11-09: At more or less this moment, 30 years ago, I walked into Chris & Dave’s dorm room to see who was …

2019-11-09: It’s probably been long enough since I posted any earworms that a refresher may be in order. You can …

2019-11-09: * The Charleston was once the rage — history has turned the page. Boy, the way Glenn Miller played! …

2019-11-08: * hey now you’re a rock star yes I think you’ve seen me before it’s been three …

2019-11-03: ATTN: all NYC Micronauts I like New York in June — but I love it in December. The lights! It’s all …

2019-11-03: From the Archives Yesterday, I republished a few more old posts from 2003–06. A sample: Master of …

2019-11-01: 📚 Finished with “Finished” (until Jan 2020).

2019-10-29: Last, next. 61: Birch 62: Oak

2019-10-25: Wellstone!

2019-10-23: Mnemosyne A few weeks ago, fellow Microblogger Richard Leis had a reading coming up and he asked about …

2019-10-21: My “employee badge.” I’m starting something new and at the same time restarting …

2019-10-21: Key Master of Brainerd.

2019-10-18: Happy Birthday, Moby-Dick, published as The Whale in the UK on this day in 1851. (It appeared in the …

2019-10-10: Fall colors.

2019-10-05: “The moon just went behind the clouds to hide its face and cry.”

2019-10-03: 📚 What I finished in September.

2019-09-30: List #13 Tyler Fillmore Coolidge Truman List #14 Johnson Arthur Roosevelt Johnson List #15 Ford …

2019-09-26: I wrote a haiku, and twenty-eight years later, I finally published it. (Thanks to @Patti for blowing …

2019-09-20: Last, next. 60: MN Yellow 61: Shenandoah Birch

2019-09-09: To confirm what may already seem apparent: I’m going silent for the time being. A week, a …

2019-09-01: Sometimes I think I became a writer because I love pencils so much.

2019-09-01: Sometimes I think I became a writer because I love how a page curls as you write on it.

2019-08-31: 📚 “Finished” for the Fall This post has moved here.

2019-08-27: An idea I’m periodically obsessed with: Tomorrow, someone could find the rest of Sappho’s poems. All …

2019-08-25: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-08-20: Boiler Room Coffee (Coffeeshop #1) Boiler Room is located in the basement – sorry, garden view level – of The Castleton, a …

2019-08-18: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-08-16: It’s unlikely that nearly anyone will find this of interest, or in any way useful — but I have …

2019-08-15: I’m going to the museum for a few hours this evening, and to atone for my se-gooey sins, and to …

2019-08-15: Okay okay, I get it: “segue” really is pronounced segway. But we can all agree that “luxury yacht” …

2019-08-14: Can you imagine being one of the two or three NYC actors who don’t have a Law and Order part on your …

2019-08-14: I recently discovered that many people really think “segue” is pronounced segway not seg, and that’s …

2019-08-14: 🔗 The Rituals of Childhood

2019-08-09: 📚 This post has moved here.

2019-08-08: Emojis Robert Bringhurst says somewhere: “Letters are things, not pictures of things.” Letters are …

2019-08-08: Last, next. 59: Mile Marker Stars 60: MN Yellow

2019-08-04: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-08-01: I suppose it was inevitable that sooner or later I’d see Paul Westerberg at the Co-op.

2019-08-01: ”#LesserSF,” con’t The Empire Strikes A Pose Inverted Comma World Hmong Others The …

2019-08-01: I’m bringing home some of my old smart-ass tweets. These are from a hashtag game in May 2014. …

2019-08-01: I think of 12:30 as “just after 12,” but 1:30 is “almost 2.”

2019-07-29: poetry : philosophy :: music : math

2019-07-28: * what’ll you do when you get lonely & nobody’s waiting by your side it’s …

2019-07-28: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-07-21: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-07-19: Anyone who uses the word “pivot” without irony has clearly never seen the Friends episode where Ross …

2019-07-19: PSA: Keen-eyed readers may have noticed that since last summer, I’ve been posting odd little poems …

2019-07-19: Just because they’re presenting you with two choices doesn’t mean you have only two choices.

2019-07-19: * This is it! This is life, the one you get, so get another piece of pie for your wife, travel down …

2019-07-16: So. We ran some tests. (Don’t worry, it was all non-invasive: we took a cheek swab and administered …

2019-07-15: Maybe it’s still a bit too soon to say — with five minutes till sunset — and it’s been quite a …

2019-07-15: There’s a new hole in the sky. Last week, a crew chopped down an enormous, ailing tree across the …

2019-07-14: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-07-08: 🔗 I’ve only begun reading this, but already I think many Micronauts will find it interesting, …

2019-07-07: Blogs: A Brief Reader’s Guide This post from 2003 began as an email to a friend who’d asked me …

2019-07-07: 📚 In keeping with the recent trend, I didn’t finish anything this week.

2019-07-06: When you find a text file of bookmarks from late 2003, don’t be surprised if almost every link …

2019-07-06: Last, next. 58: Mile Marker Arrow 59: Mile Marker Stars

2019-07-04: Barbara Kruger, 1991.

2019-06-30: 📚 I didn’t finish anything this week.

2019-06-27: Great to see the Wiki is back in action! cc/ @eli @smokey

2019-06-27: Excuse me? Meeting OR Greeting? Maybe I’m too tired to think straight, but how can you do the one …

2019-06-25: Some brainstorming on following conversations on Micro.blog. cc/ @manton @macgenie

2019-06-25: “Conversations” Tab This recent conversation, about finding people with shared interests, reminded me of another aspect …

2019-06-23: Half Finished with “Finished” 📚 This post has moved here.

2019-06-23: I’m carving a crescent moon on the wax bullet. (That’s no moon. It’s a smile. A sure way to defeat …

2019-06-23: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-06-20: Throwback Thursday: a sunrise from my old living room window in PDX.

2019-06-20: My preparations for the new laptop (which arrives tomorrow) are beginning to resemble this old XKCD …

2019-06-19:

2019-06-19: Today I’m upgrading to a new MacBook Air from my MBP. After eight years. About four years ago, I …

2019-06-18: From the Archives: a short piece I wrote many years ago about the performing arts — the event …

2019-06-15: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-06-14: * Why doncha go where fashion sits just a half a mile from the railroad track I’ll tell you what I …

2019-06-09: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-06-05: Up on the roof.

2019-06-03: My homescreen. It’s barely changed in the last two years, after getting more and more minimal since …

2019-06-03: 📚 …and I didn’t finish anything this week either.

2019-05-29: * I am an only child born of the wild yes I grew up sweet till I fell from a tree things have gotten …

2019-05-28: Why, yes, of course I’m underlining passages in the book with the same sort of pencil that’s …

2019-05-27: Last, next. 57: Coastal (LA) 58: Mile Marker Arrow

2019-05-27: I saw an albino squirrel today. I’m going to take that as a sign that life is wonderful, the cosmos …

2019-05-27: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-05-26: 📚 This week, after nearly four years, I finally finished this incredible book. It took me back to a …

2019-05-22: You know the feeling where you’re thinking back to a conversation, and how you had meant to say …

2019-05-20: Um yeah, so apparently Lyndale Avenue is closed. And so it begins: road construction in …

2019-05-20: For this Micro Monday, I recommend @til, an unofficial signal boost for Micro.blog features, both …

2019-05-20: Even More Spoilers that AREN’T about Games of Thrones They all end up in jail. The quo vadimus guy …

2019-05-20: More Spoilers that AREN’T about Games of Thrones He’s one of the dead people the kid can hear. The …

2019-05-20: Spoilers that AREN’T about Games of Thrones It’s the name of the sled. She’s really a man. He’s …

2019-05-19: PSA Anyone who has an Amazon Prime membership might like to know that the movie Big Night is now …

2019-05-19: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-05-17: * if you’ll be my bodyguard I can be your long lost pal I guess you didn’t know it but I’m a fiddle …

2019-05-16: As a reader, I haven’t really been in a fiction place the last few years, but this weekend I was at …

2019-05-16: This is your friendly reminder that “skoch” (as in, “No, not too much — I’ll just have a skoch,” and …

2019-05-16: I used to go to a lot of poetry readings, but eventually I stopped because holy shit they can be …

2019-05-14: Here’s a short essay thing I wrote recently. Is Not Chicago I think it’s about free will, or maybe …

2019-05-14: I just realized I’m old enough to remember a time when, without a trace of irony and with a sincere …

2019-05-13:

2019-05-12: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-05-08: It’s a peculiar and dubious distinction of this current moment in human history that we have taken a …

2019-05-08: Well, there goes my carbon footprint… Off to the Gulf coast for a few days.

2019-05-06: “All this is perfectly distinct to an observant eye, and yet could easily pass unnoticed by most.” …

2019-05-06: Last, next. 56: Wednesday Green 57: Coastal (LA)

2019-05-05: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-04-28: Last month, I decided to spend April chewing through the cracked leather restraints holding me back …

2019-04-27: Augury This week, a hawk flew right at my window as I stood looking out. Later, a bald eagle hovered …

2019-04-24: Now that I’ve settled some some travel plans that were up in the air, I got a wristband pass to …

2019-04-24: Frankly, I’m gobsmacked that there’s so much buzz about Endgame… But I’m really pleased that …

2019-04-22: PSA Blot’s front page has recently been updated, with links to an impressively eclectic sampling of …

2019-04-19: I don’t need more pencils. On the other hand, maybe I need more pencils. Okay fine, I’ll buy some …

2019-04-17: I hope to ease back into blogging again soon. Most of April, I’ve been silent (busy breeding lilacs, …

2019-03-31: “Finished” for April 📚 This post has moved here

2019-03-31: I have at times heard people, perhaps in an attempt to be clever, point out that the TV show MASH …

2019-03-31: 📚 What I finished this week.

2019-03-28: Hooray! We discovered water in our storage unit. Everything we had planned for tomorrow has been …

2019-03-25: On Poetry and Bullshit Lawrence Ferlinghetti just turned 100 yesterday, on what would have been my father’s 95th birthday, …

2019-03-24: Sad news for the arts scene in Minneapolis: Zenon Dance Company to cease operations, citing …

2019-03-24: Last, next. 55: Graph 56: Wednesday Green

2019-03-24: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-03-24: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 100 years old today.

2019-03-21: I recently discovered that my beloved old wristwatch doesn’t actually need a new battery but is, in …

2019-03-19: Robert Rubin: Some people are more certain of everything than I am of anything.

2019-03-18: The Moon after sunset (see @smokey’s moon)

2019-03-17: What I Finished This Week This post has moved here.

2019-03-16: The Future is Female! A new SFF collection published by the Library of America. This looks …

2019-03-16: W.S. Merwin, Poet of Life’s Evanescence, Dies at 91

2019-03-13: Cento: “I’m sittin’ on my watch, so I can be on time…” Well, the whole thing started at three o’clock fast. I pulled into Nazareth, I was feelin’ about …

2019-03-12: Beefheart and bourbon on a raw evening. New rain on old snow. Run paint run run!

2019-03-10: So sorry that Sixth Chamber closed for good today. Here are two bookmarks. One is from the mid 90s, …

2019-03-10: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-03-08: I’m With Her

2019-03-08: Here’s a weird, short thing I wrote 15 years ago. I think it’s about originality, novelty, and …

2019-03-05: An armload of new poetry is the last thing I need when I’m trying to read through all the …

2019-03-03: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-03-01: Oh good. More snow.

2019-02-26: * “I got in one little fight and my Mom got scared, now I’m living on the air in Cincinnati. I am …

2019-02-24: What a week. Scattered, unable to focus. My second cold of the month has been like kicking through …

2019-02-24: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-02-19: Last, next. 54: Lined 55: Graph

2019-02-18: Isaac Bashevis Singer: Of course I believe in free will. I have no choice.

2019-02-16: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-02-14: “My love, she laughs like the flowers Valentines can’t buy her.”

2019-02-10: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-02-09: That odd, almost dreamy clarity the first day after you get over a cold.

2019-02-08: Don’t follow leaders.

2019-02-07: It’s shaping up to be another snow-globe day.

2019-02-06: A mob of robins has been filling the nearby bare trees since last week’s cold snap. Robins? In …

2019-02-05: Out the window, it looks like a snow-globe replica of my neighborhood.

2019-02-04: swimming, swimming, the eye held by the sun, no sharks in the mind, nothing in the mind. —Russell …

2019-02-04: If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have …

2019-02-04: I exist, said the mirror. What about me? said Kleinzeit. Not my problem, said the mirror. —Russell …

2019-02-03: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-02-03: Waking up to muffled voices in heavy fog.

2019-02-02: Independence Day was the weirdest sequel ever. And no Bill Murray? No Andie McDowell?… A real missed …

2019-02-01: So… With the temps rapidly approaching the 40s, and most of us suffering the climatic equivalent of …

2019-01-31: The Moon and Venus are in conjunction right now, with Jupiter nearby. Take a look, if it’s dark and …

2019-01-30: Douglas Hofstadter: I’m So Meta, Even This Acronym

2019-01-30: Sometimes I think we’re always fighting a Battle of New Orleans.

2019-01-29: I’ve been on a little pilgrimage the last few months, stumbling through various task manager …

2019-01-28: A few months ago, I wrangled with Things and OmniFocus. I loved both, but eventually committed to …

2019-01-27: Who put the “wild” in “bewilder”?

2019-01-27: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-01-27: I earned my custom domain pin yesterday, but I still haven’t bagged the 30-day-streak pin. That …

2019-01-25: I’m still half asleep as I move about the dark kitchen, and I keep tripping over the patch of …

2019-01-22: Let’s see if we can kill them with kindness before they kill us with guns.

2019-01-20: A Regimen of Grace (Comment Magazine): It was Aaron Burr the senior who once wrote of the founding …

2019-01-20: Is it nighttime where you are? Are the skies clear? Will this still be true in the next 2 or 3 …

2019-01-20: What I finished this week. 📚

2019-01-18: Alcuin: Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper …

2019-01-18: PSA: Total lunar eclipse this Sunday for most of the western hemisphere and portions of the eastern …

2019-01-08: Last, next. 53: Clandestine 54: Lined

2019-01-07: For the first Micro Monday of the new year, I want to highlight @ryanboren who maintains an …

2019-01-06: In light of the appallingly large number of unread and under-read books of poetry currently …

2019-01-04: These books arrived for xmas this year. No poetry? No. I have 68 books of poetry on my TBR shelf: 37 …

2019-01-03: I signed up for a Micro.blog account on 4 January 2018, a day after reading this post by …

2019-01-03: My First Year of Micro.blog I signed up for a Micro.blog account on 4 January 2018, a day after …

2019-01-02: Hello everyone! I had a good, recuperative break. I’ve even managed to recover a certain measure of …

2019-01-02: * don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky like a river flows surely to the sea why do birds sing …

2019-01-02: Je est un autre.

2019-01-01: All New York was demanding new men, and all the new forces, condensed into corporations, were …

2018-12-21: Starting this afternoon, I’m stepping away completely from all online activities. I’ll be back …

2018-12-21: Task Manager Follow-up: things haven’t gone quite as planned.

2018-12-20: My wife and I met twenty-five years ago today. I was invited over to a friend’s apartment to meet …

2018-12-18: It’s a cliché that at a certain age, you scan the obits, doing the math. 5 years older, 8 years …

2018-12-13: Consumed with work, and with waiting. There’s nothing more exhausting than waiting for the …

2018-12-13: The Correspondent hit its goal!

2018-12-12: Last, next. 52: Maple 53: Clandestine (A) (I apparently missed taking a succession picture of 51 to …

2018-12-11: List #12: Multiple Choice Something Shakespeare never said was: A) You’ve got to be kidding B) Why …

2018-12-11: * when I have nothing to say my lips are sealed you were my voice when I couldn’t speak well I talk …

2018-12-09: Looking out a high window at the Guthrie before seeing Noises Off yesterday afternoon.

2018-12-07: * cheer up sleepy Jean oh what can it mean the lovers the dreamers & me

2018-12-03: I have an idea. So… I started learning Swift today.

2018-11-28: Subtweet #2048: Weissmann’s Tarot If you’re wondering where he’s gone, look among the successful …

2018-11-28: Things and OmniFocus: some thoughts on choosing a task manager

2018-11-27: * You take the good, you take the bad, you take ’em both and there you have: all the little chicks …

2018-11-24: I learn by talking, and teach by listening. It’s amazing how many people think that’s backwards.

2018-11-24: In anticipation of an extremely busy 2019, I decided it was time to explore task manager apps. I …

2018-11-21: Character is Fate (This post has been removed)

2018-11-21: “Grow where you’re planted.” I overheard this advice recently, and I’ve been thinking about it ever …

2018-11-20: What a day. Time for some bourbon and my long, slow (5th or 6th) reread of Moby-Dick. Eagle Rare and …

2018-11-20: I just had coffee with an old friend. We met when we were 5. The first day of 1st grade. Best …

2018-11-19: “It was twenty years ago today…” The ISS was launched on 20 November 1998

2018-11-19: * We’re bobbing along in our barrel, we get the funniest looks from everyone we meet. Give us any …

2018-11-17: * and when the cow kicked it over she winked her eye and said I’m empty and aching and I don’t know …

2018-11-16: * Come and listen to my story about a man named Jed. He’s busy revvin’ up a powerful Mach–5. …

2018-11-13: * at night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet because my love for you would break my heart in two …

2018-11-08: “Media” is plural. I am Spartacus.

2018-11-06: I voted this morning. After the commuters, before lunch. In a drizzle and a sharp wind. My polling …

2018-11-05: Mahogany smells like cinnamon, and sounds like honey.

2018-11-04: * strumming my pain with his fingers with a portrait of Rasputin and a beard down to his knees: the …

2018-11-04: Writer’s block is an unwillingness to start crawling. –Eve L. Ewing

2018-11-04: Last week, visiting my parents.

2018-11-04: I need to stop buying books. Or I need to read faster.

2018-11-04: Another quiet week for me, but unlike my absence the other week, this time I’ve been following along …

2018-11-04: Friday was a good day to visit Egypt’s Sunken Cities at the Mia.      

2018-10-27: Oldtimers may recall that in the spring I was tracking a sign as it made its sad way around the …

2018-10-25: Wellstone! Sixteen years ago today.

2018-10-20: Some Recent Anniversaries 18 October 1957: John Lennon and Paul McCartney perform together for the …

2018-10-20: This morning I saw my first shooting star in many years. I happened to be looking right where it …

2018-10-20: PSA: After studying the manual and conducting extensive online research, I have determined that if …

2018-10-20: Little Free Library creator Todd Bol dies (via MPR)

2018-10-19: For no particular reason, I’ve been completely absent from M.b since late last week. …

2018-10-12: Last, next. 50: Birch 51: Oak

2018-10-10: Um, did someone say “nanowrimo”? I’m thinking of doing it again this year. Since my first — in 2001! …

2018-10-10: “I made the wrong mistakes.” —Thelonious Monk, 101 years old today.

2018-10-09: One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere. —Willem the Silent

2018-10-05: “…hearrrrts, cluuub, baaaand!”

2018-10-02: RIP the great Otis Rush. He was left-handed but, like Elizabeth Cotton, he played a flipped-over …

2018-09-30: A lovely remembrance of Marty Balin by Jorma Kaukonen.

2018-09-26: Let everything sing together inside you, lose nothing. — Bill Holm

2018-09-26: Through the open window, I heard some Canada geese honking, close overhead. I looked out into the …

2018-09-26: I’m back from a focused weekend away from the Internet and all social media (except for …

2018-09-25: Cento: “Dear Sir Or Madam,” He danced for those in minstrel shows and county fairs, saving up to buy him some clothes. No one …

2018-09-23: Sports Night debuted 20 years ago yesterday. Ladies and gentlemen, Thespis has left the building. On …

2018-09-21: Shabbat Shalom. Going dark for the the next few days, see y’all next week some time.

2018-09-20: You know you’re in the Upper Midwest when the cheese case alone is larger than the whole dairy …

2018-09-20: “Can one movie revitalize a community? The first Haida-language film could have lasting …

2018-09-19: Last, next. 49: MN Red 50: Birch

2018-09-16: Ballad-Mongers and Cranks “Who claims Truth, Truth abandons. History is hir’d, or coerc’d, only in Interests that must ever …

2018-09-15: Hanlon’s Razor: Never ascribe to malice what can adequately explained by stupidity. Grey’s Law: Any …

2018-09-15: * Back in the 90s I was in a very famous TV show and maybe I seem a bit confused, well maybe, but …

2018-09-14: I must lose the habit of thinking. One day, I shall find my pen, my voice. Will I know how to use …

2018-09-11: You know, now that we’re almost two decades into it, I’m starting to think this whole “twenty-first …

2018-09-08: I always feel good in museums. I like the high ceilings and the acoustics, the footsteps and the …

2018-09-07: The last two weeks have been pretty intense, and frankly kinda rough. Right now, most serious …

2018-09-06: * Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Well, no one told you life was …

2018-09-05: Now, I know there are people who do not love their fellow human beings, and I hate people like that! …

2018-09-04: * well my heart knows me better than I know myself hypnotized mesmerized by what my eyes have seen …

2018-09-02: Being shy, an introvert, an HSP, and having social anxiety are four quite distinct (if sometimes …

2018-09-02: I agree that we should generally avoid using “you guys” — but I suggest that if someone insists on …

2018-09-02: On Morning Pages @garciabuxton asked about morning pages. Turns out I’m feeling chatty this morning, and …

2018-09-01: First Kiss: New Apple Variety Debuts at Minnesota State Fair

2018-09-01: How Mad Men Should Have Ended I still haven’t watched Mad Men all the way through, but my wife has, and her reaction to the …

2018-09-01: * Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we’re expecting you Saturday. What a day: a yabba dabba doo …

2018-09-01: Poetry will always be anti-capitalist because it’s waste, and that’s what we love about it. –Eileen …

2018-08-31: A good end to a rough week: old friends over for a home-cooked meal, comfort food that’s easy to …

2018-08-31: * Is there gas in the car Yes there’s gas in the car we were driving Driving in your car Speed so …

2018-08-31: Some recent departures (links to NY Times): Paul Taylor Neil Simon Tom Clark

2018-08-30: PSA: There is an excellent and invaluable wiki of all things Micro.blog, maintained by our very own …

2018-08-30: I’m having a week where absolutely everything is pissing me off, especially the little stuff. …

2018-08-27: I haven’t done a Micro Monday for a while, so this week I nominate @FrankRamblings, who claims to …

2018-08-27: The swamp monster “nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John …

2018-08-27: John McCain’s final letter to Americans

2018-08-27: * father father we don’t need to escalate you are the reason I’ve been waiting all these years one …

2018-08-26: Thanks, @smokey, for your replies to my reflections. I think your confusion stems from the fact that …

2018-08-22: * The worst fear that can ever be hurled starts with an earthquake, birds, and snakes. He hides like …

2018-08-22: * well, we’re movin’ on up to the east side: four men living all together, where the kisses are hers …

2018-08-21: Some reflections on “When Leaders become Followers” There was an excellent piece this morning by @schuth asking “what happens when we think about our …

2018-08-20: Let us boldly contemn all imitation, though it comes to us graceful and fragrant as the morning; and …

2018-08-20: * You must remember this: if you smile at me, I will understand. I hate people when they’re not …

2018-08-19: Last, next. 48: MN Blue 49: MN Red

2018-08-19: If anyone spotted this earlier announcement of a possible MSP>NYC>MSP roadtrip via Toronto, …

2018-08-19: Word Ladder ONE ODE ODD ADD AID BID BIN WIN WON

2018-08-19: Word Ladder BUSH BUST BEST BEET FEET FRET FREE TREE

2018-08-18: …poetry like speech itself is made out of paradox, contradiction, irresolvables … It uses …

2018-08-18: Twitter Replacement: A Tragicomedy in Two More Acts Estragon: What a boring TV show! Vladimir: …

2018-08-18: Twitter Replacement: A Tragicomedy in Two More Acts Estragon: These idiots have no idea how to play …

2018-08-18: Twitter Replacement: A Tragicomedy in 1 Act E: Ingredients are all just scattered around! And no …

2018-08-18: In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it …

2018-08-17: Pop songs aren’t the only earworms I’m building centos from. TV show themes are colliding in my …

2018-08-15: * On Wednesdays I go shopping and have buttered scones for tea — oh no, I’ve said too much. I …

2018-08-15: * She’s a good girl. Crazy about Elvis and somebody else’s favorite song. She’s filing her nails …

2018-08-14: The Cento: an Example As I walk thru this wicked world, searching for light in the darkness of …

2018-08-14: The Cento: an Introduction It is “…a poetical work wholly composed of verses or passages taken from …

2018-08-14: It’s a complicated Primary Day in Minnesota. Please try to go vote!

2018-08-13: Excellent piece by @schuth: Selling your Power Back to Twitter. But then, I’m a sucker for …

2018-08-13: Why, why did I wake up this morning with several commercial jingles from the 80s taking turns being …

2018-08-12: At the Mia, a Dutch painting from the 1650s entitled “Lady at her Toilet,” which …

2018-08-12: Excellent brunch at the cacophonous Copper Hen, then a stroll around the MIA, which seems to be …

2018-08-12: List #11: East to West Thomas B. Aldrich, William Cullen Bryant, Schuyler Colfax, Rear Admiral …

2018-08-12: We’re still in the “horseless carriage” phase of Micro.blog. We’re defining …

2018-08-12: Test post. See this conversation. Using MarsEdit, I’ve added alt text to an image. (I’m …

2018-08-11: “Late” Capitalism? Really? What if this is only the beginning?

2018-08-11: Hazy day in Minneapolis, due to the wildfires in British Columbia.

2018-08-11: Nameless Decades Remember when decades used to have names? The Thirties, the Seventies. According to the naming …

2018-08-10: Counting the days: 17,534.

2018-08-09: A delightful time at Common Roots Cafe in south Minneapolis today with @macgenie, @patrickrhone, …

2018-08-07: Word Ladder WORK PORK PECK PEAK PEAT PRAT PRAY PLAY

2018-08-07: Word Ladder HATE LATE LAVE LOVE

2018-08-07: Word Ladder: Transmutation LEAD LOAD GOAD GOLD

2018-08-03: First 10 Lists List #1 List #2, #3, #4 List #5 List #6, #7 List #8 List #9, #10

2018-08-02: List #9: 1, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 28, 35, 36, 40, 41, 42, 45 List #10: 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, 00, 000, 0000, …

2018-07-29: Even after a year, it’s still so strange: I just bought wine, on a Sunday, in Minnesota.

2018-07-27: List #8: It’s Raining Men Baby, You’re a: Rich Man, Taxman, Superman, Loverman Snowman, Spoonman, …

2018-07-26: Reminder from @macgenie: “We are having a Micro Meetup at lunch time on August 9 in Minneapolis!” …

2018-07-26: 25 Jan 2016: Joined Facebook. 15 July 2017: Deactivated my account. Today: Deleted my account.

2018-07-24: A MPLS>NYC roadtrip in late September is slowly taking shape, with a stop in the Quad Cities to …

2018-07-23: I may have just committed a grave tactical error: It’s 9pm on a Monday night and somehow I am now 30 …

2018-07-19:

2018-07-18: List #6: Minneapolis, Rochester, La Crosse, Tomah, Madison, Beloit, Rockford. List #7: Rockford, …

2018-07-18: Signal boost: Twin Cities Micro.blog meetup August 9th, noon to 1:30, in the common room at Common …

2018-07-16: Last, next. 47: “Wednesday” 48: MN Blue

2018-07-13: The Desperate Party But, wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty …

2018-07-13: Two years since the last post at Wood s lot. The blogger, Mark Woods, died in February of 2017. He …

2018-07-12: Happy 201st, Henry, from a Starbucks inside a Target. “Thank Heaven, here is not all the …

2018-07-07: List #5 100,000 Airplanes. 7A-WF–83429. 2162 Votes. 365 Days. H.Con–172. Ninety Miles Away. …

2018-07-04: List #2 Harrison Taylor Harding Roosevelt List #3 Lincoln Garfield McKinley Kennedy List #4 …

2018-07-01: Readings The Great 78rpm Project The Dictionary of American Regional English Thoreau in Minnesota

2018-07-01: Amazing: I’ve actually managed to transfer registration and hosting of three domains from one …

2018-06-29: List #1 Ur, Kenorland, Columbia, Rodinia, Pannotia, Pangaea.

2018-06-29: Looking through the bent-back tulips to see how the other half lives… (Today’s earworm.)

2018-06-28: 🔗 Fully funded — Ursula K Le Guin: A Poet’s Legacy

2018-06-28: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and …

2018-06-28: First post from MarsEdit.

2018-06-27: 🔗 Thoughts on the Internet, fragmentation and consolidation, and singing weird songs on Micro.blog …

2018-06-27: 🔗 People who think their opinions are superior to others are most prone to overestimating their …

2018-06-23: Drake’s Equation & the Church @frostedechoes recently wrote an interesting post on Dunbar’s Number and the Church. It’s worth …

2018-06-20: Signal boost for any other Twin Cities Microbloggers within the sound of my voice: Let’s have a …

2018-06-17: Yes, this: “On Fathers Day, don’t forget your friends who have lost their dads.” (@macgenie) I would …

2018-06-16: Breaking up with James Joyce

2018-06-16: To survive our high-speed society, cultivate ‘temporal bandwidth’: “…the width of your present, …

2018-06-16: The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar.

2018-06-16: Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and …

2018-06-15: You may think I’m a fish out of water, till you discover I’m not a fish. You may believe I fell …

2018-06-14: It’s a beautiful day outside. Or so I’ve been told.

2018-06-10: Signal boost: Today We Start. A new meta-microblog by @simonwoods. Follow!

2018-06-10: @schuth I’ve been enjoying DWP #14 so far. Some very difficult material, so my read-through has been …

2018-06-08: An excellent remembrance that gets at the heart of why the news of Bourdain’s suicide has been so …

2018-06-08: A fantastic short piece on depression: The Piggyback Guy by @patrickrhone

2018-06-07:

2018-06-01: Museum Leadership in a Time of Crisis

2018-05-31: Late lunch at Namaste on Hennepin.

2018-05-31: Last, next. 46: Kraft Lined 47: “Wednesday”

2018-05-30: Tempus loquendi, tempus tacendi.

2018-05-23: I’m the guy at the coffeeshop with weird pencils and absolutely no laptop.

2018-05-23: Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint author dies aged 85

2018-05-23: A Gun Studies Syllabus (via the late, great Dangerousmeta)

2018-05-22: Propaganda: writing history before you’ve won, as if you already had. This can work for a while but …

2018-05-22: Frank Zappa: Government is the Entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.

2018-05-21: A Matter of Style Jim Dodge, from the Foreword, The Gary Snyder Reader: The last question came from a young man who …

2018-05-20: Robert Adams: If you’re not interested in surprises, you shouldn’t be a photographer.

2018-05-20: It’s Sunday afternoon. Every window is wide open, overlooking a street lined with ginkgos. …

2018-05-20:

2018-05-18: 30 seconds into his talk, the guy blithely mentioned how his company was embedding RFID chips into …

2018-05-16: A view of Bde Maka Ska

2018-05-16: PSA: Express your interest in Micro.blog swag

2018-05-07: Last, next. 45: Coastal (SF) 46: Kraft lined

2018-04-30: spine poem #9: hay(na)ku The widening spell of the leaves, my life corrupted into song. Pure, …

2018-04-26: spine poem #8 “Spring shade, spring essence.” Song of the departed stranger. Music, imitations, …

2018-04-24: First post from Icro beta…

2018-04-22: spine poem #7 Overtime field work, temporary help: why aren’t you at work?

2018-04-20: This afternoon, while looking for something else, I stumbled on the site where I first encountered …

2018-04-19: spine poem #6 Mermaids in the basement howl ravishing disunities: these are not sweet girls.

2018-04-16: RIP Sam Hamill

2018-04-16: spine poem #5 Locusts at the edge of summer, harping on all day. Permanent red blood: tin, straw, …

2018-04-15: I love discovering old bookmarks. This is from a trip I took to the Tate three days before returning …

2018-04-13: I wonder what it’s like to be on the wrong side of history. It must be a terrible feeling.

2018-04-10: spine poem #4 Bedouin of the London evening, nobody’s Ezekiel, seeing things of no country I know. …

2018-04-09: Fascinating read: “A Plan to Rescue the Web from the Internet.” (via @robertbrook)

2018-04-09: For Micro Monday, I’m calling attention to @robertbrook for all his excellent photos of London.

2018-04-08: Last, next. 44: Kraft Lined 45: Coastal (SF)

2018-04-07:

2018-04-06: spine poem #3 Stealing sugar from the castle, playing the black piano, passing through broken …

2018-04-05: “American Food Global Flavors”

2018-04-05: A view of Lake Street

2018-04-04: spine poem #2 Oceanic codes, appearing in the middle distance above the river, tug the great enigma …

2018-04-03: spine poem #1 The novice insomniac, sleeping with the dictionary, calling a wolf a wolf… My …

2018-04-03: It’s National Poetry Month. Since I am one of the Unacknowledged Legislators of the World, I suppose …

2018-04-03: Someone has moved the abandoned sign. Maybe the garbage collector, a little choked up at the sign’s …

2018-04-02: Some modern captions might read: “On the Internet, almost no one knows you’re a dog. But someone …

2018-04-02: I was just thinking of that old cartoon from the 90s: A dog sitting at a computer sez to the other …

2018-04-01: Blue Moon at dawn

2018-03-31: A few years ago, I was in a coffeeshop full of strangers. At a nearby table, an older man was being …

2018-03-30: Found this sign today — “Home is wherever I am with you” — in the garbage room of my apartment …

2018-03-28: Hello World. Afternoon light. (Meta: This was my first real post on Micro.blog. Any posts that …

2018-02-27: Last, next. Kraft Lined. 43, 44.

2018-01-21: Last, next. 42: Pitch Black 43: Kraft (lined) My first Lined Kraft since the first pack back in …

2017-12-29: Last, next. 41: Shenandoah Maple 42: Pitch Black (new style)

2017-11-25: Last, next. 40: Oak 41: Maple

2017-10-19: Last, next/next. 39: Shenandoah Birch 40: Shenandoah Oak 40a: Dime Novel (as my “ongoing” poetry …

2017-09-20: Last, next. 38: MN Blue 39: Shenandoah Birch.

2017-08-20: Last, next. 37: Pitch Black 38: MN Blue (Last of the original order from almost exactly three years …

2017-07-20: Last, next. 36, 37. (These are first two of the new-style Pitch Black)

2017-06-14: Last, next. 35: Two Rivers 36: Pitch Black Fun facts: * This is the last Two Rivers, and the first …

2017-05-25: Last, next. 34: Chicago 35: Two Rivers (Last of both.)

2017-05-05: Last, next. 33: Two Rivers 34: Chicago Finishing the Two Rivers early: the staples, as always, were …

2017-04-21: Last, next. 32, 33. (Only one more Two Rivers after these two… Saving one of my favorites for …

2017-03-20: Last, next. 31: Chicago 32: Two Rivers

2017-02-11: Last, next. 30: Pitch Black 31: Chicago

2017-01-11: Last, next. 29: Snowblind 30: Pitch Black

2016-12-21: Last, next. 28: Two Rivers 29: Snowblind

2016-11-21: Last, next. 27: Pitch Black 28: Two Rivers

2016-10-09: Last, next. 26: Chicago 27: Pitch Black (Also pictured, a black and silver Zebra Sarasa.)

2016-09-08: Last, next. 25: MN Yellow 26: Chicago (Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago)

2016-08-03: Last, next. 24: MN Red 25: MN Yellow

2016-07-08: Last, next. 23: Two Rivers 24: MN Red

2016-06-18: Last, next. 22–23: Two Rivers

2016-05-24: Last, next. 21: Pitch Black 22: Two Rivers (The previous succession is missing: 20 Pitch Black to 21 …

2016-03-09: Last, next. 19: Shenandoah Oak 20: Pitch Black

2016-01-26: Last, next. 18: Snowblind 19: Shenandoah Oak

2016-01-07: Last, next. 17: Shenandoah Maple 18: Snowblind (Snowblind is only a day old, but I’ve already …

2015-12-02: Last, next. 16: Shenandoah Birch 17: Shenandoah Maple

2015-10-31: Last, next. 15: Two Rivers 16: Shenandoah Birch

2015-09-26: Last, next. 14: MN Blue 15: Two Rivers

2015-08-15: State Fair time soon. Moving on to the Blue Ribbon (#14) even though I’m only 2/3 through the …