2020-04-05 08:57

Next door at my microblog (fleeting), I’ll be posting about a different pencil from my collection each day all month.

Here are the first five days so far:

One: Japanese pencils
Two: Too many words about Blackwings
Three: Viking Skjoldungen and Skoleblyanten
Four: Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth
Five: Bohemia Works Blacksun

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2020-03-30 09:56

It’s National Pencil Day, so here are some pencils.

  • Castell 9007 5H
  • Bohemia Works “Blacksun 1771”

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2020-03-30 09:16

Testing Wall for Blot.

2020-03-22 05:02

12/ Week of 16 Mar

  • Robertson Davies: World of Wonders (Penguin 1975) (comfort food reread)
  • Mary Ann Mattoon: Jungian Psychology after Jung (Round table Press 1992)
2020-03-15 22:20

11/ Week of 9 Mar

  • Robertson Davies: Fifth Business (Penguin 1970) and The Manticore (Penguin 1972) (comfort food rereads)
2020-03-08 10:00

10/ Week of 2 Mar

2020-03-01 06:00

9/ Week of 24 Feb

Harwicz: My god, how brutal. But tonally flawless.

Burns: Riveting, with a delicious gallows humor. Perfect voice, perfectly sustained.

reviews finished
2020-02-29 16:00

David Bentley Hart, via:

The 2016 U.S. election proved that, even in a long-established democratic republic, just about anyone or anything, no matter how preposterously foul, can achieve political power if enough citizens are sufficiently credulous, cowardly, and vicious.

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2020-02-24 08:00

8/ Week of 17 Feb

Quin: A wonderful balance of experimental writing and slapstick comedy. It actually seemed a bit Pythonesque at times — which is appropriate, considering it originally came out during the great British absurdist fever of the mid 60s. Berg was my first Quin, and I hope her others are as fun and as wicked.

Hwang: Mostly harmless. She has said that she turned to poetry only in recent years, after working at fiction for most of her adult life. It shows. Many (though not all) of the poems have a strong narrative propulsion to them, often reading like sharp moments from a short story. The best poems do something truly powerful and compelling with this mild hybrid, the weaker ones fall between two chairs.

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2020-02-22 11:00

A reminder of why I left Oregon. From the New York Times, 22 Feb 2020:

In Portland, a city often portrayed in popular culture as a progressive paradise, the killing of the men provoked outrage, along with reassurances that the city would not tolerate hate. But it also set off a new round of questions about whether Oregon had fully shed the legacy of its founding as a racially pure Cascadia that white supremacists still fantasize about.

Oregon was admitted to the Union in 1859 with a constitution that, uniquely, forbade black people from living, working, or owning property in the state; the provision was not repealed until 1926. In the 1920s, the state legislature barred Japanese immigrants from owning or leasing land. By the 1970s, extremist groups like the Aryan Nations had found fertile ground for their beliefs.

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