Weekend 385.0

“I have found the still point around which the whole country revolves without knowing it.” – Thomas Merton A quote from The Prayer of Love and Silence by a Carthusian. “The faithful soul finds its good in everything that affects it; a principle more profound than that which governs the life of nature causes it […]

The Unfinished Pietà

“Good and evil have not changed since yesteryear, nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men. It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.” – J.R.R. Tolkien I’ve managed this blog since 2000. It was originally on Blogger and […]

Blaring Orchestria

“The man with the miniature orchestra” by Dave Algonquin. “There were phrases of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony that still made Coe cry. He always thought it had to do with the circumstances of the composition itself. He imagined Beethoven deaf and soul-sick, his heart broken, scribbling furiously while death stood in the doorway clipping his nails. […]

Christmas Sabbatical

I’ve been having problems with WordPress for a couple of weeks since a version update. I usually take these technical challenges as a sign to ‘retire’ from blogging and move onto other projects. (1) Ave Maria converted from the original 1964 Fantasia LP (2) Master of Modern Horror (3) Breaking Up? Let an App Do […]

Were you dazzled by the same constellation?

(1) Coffee: Words from a Grad Student/Addict

Holiday Jazz

(1) Unraveling Anthropologie’s Intoxicating Store Experience Credit: Felicia (2) The Gospel According to Peanuts: How A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn’t happen (NRO)

Holiday Tinsel

(1) American Masters: Bing Crosby Rediscovered (1a) Hip to Be Square


I want to squish its FACE!!!

Weekend 295.0

(1) Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney (NY TIMES) (2) Book Review: ‘Whistler’ by Daniel E. Sutherland (WSJ – Registration Required) “Unity and coherence in Whistler’s life, Mr. Sutherland suggests, came solely through creative purpose.”

Weekend 292.0

(1) Brompton Bicycle shows British manufacturing how to shift up a gear (2) Playmobil kicks off 40th year with double award win (3) Buying With the Bitcoin Crowd (Wall Street Journal)

Weekend 291.1

(1) Finn the Human and Princess Bubblegum in the new Honda Civic ad

Trappist Monks

(1) Monks in Spencer launch brewery (Boston Globe) Credit: Catherine A

Weekend 287.0 (New England Snow)

Should have saved that Chris Ware scan for this weekend! It’s snowing in New England and I’m scrambling to find a Wall Street Journal.

“Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up”

(1) Selfies Say ‘Lonely’: Real relationships are based on knowing a person, his flaws as well as his strengths. “Real relationships aren’t based on illusion. They’re based on knowing a person, both his flaws and his strengths, his weaknesses and his traits that suggest the promise of a better someone developing in the future. Photographs […]

Swift’s Houyhnhnms

(1) TED talks are lying to you (Salon) Credit: WOPR