Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Papers: Allen S. Weiss

"With altitude comes that rarefaction which shortens the breath, lightens the mind, and inspires the soul, whence the feeling of an 'eternal instant' in the heart of the present, experienced by so many mountain climbers.  Either reach the summit or risk the abyss.  But the summit must be attained with mind, no body; ephemeral, earthly pleasures must give way to immortal, spiritual truths."

On the turntable:  Dvid Grisman, "Dawgnation"  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sunday Papers: Knut Hamsun (Wednesday edition)

"A wanderer plays with muted strings when he comes to fifty years. [...] A wanderer who cannot reckon every day on food and drink, clothes and boots, and house and home, feels just the right degree of privation when all these luxuries are lacking. If you cannot manage one way, why, there will be another. But if the other way should also fail, then one does not forgive one’s God, but takes up the responsibility oneself. Shoulder against what comes — that is, bow to it. A trifle hard for flesh and blood, and it greys a man’s hair sadly. But a wanderer thanks God for life; it was good to live!"

On the turntable:  Chet Baker, "Chet Baker in Europe"

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday Papers: Robert Louis Stevenson

"For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilisation, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints."

On the turntable:  Delirium, "Chimera"

Monday, July 03, 2017


Pools of azure
Off the tip of your wing...

On the turntable:  David Grisman, "Dawgwood"


Saturday, July 01, 2017


Stone walls resounding
With oration and steel.
Castles in the rain.

On the turntable:  Duke Ellington, "The Centennial Edition"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Imbibing Bibliophile #20

The Road from Wigan Pier by Richard D. Lewis
Summer Daze, Arundel Brewery

On the turntable:  Diamanda Galas,  "Defixiones: Will and Testament"

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Proclamations of love,
Echoing from the heights.

On the turntable:  Dirty Three, "Cinder"