Let My People Go - Archie Shepp & Jason Moran

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Album cover is semi-abstract cityscape with a small sun rising out of water in the foreground.

Let My People Go – Archie Shepp & Jason Moran

Today's Bandcamp purchase. One of my favorite tenor players and since I did not know about this album (released this month) a big fat fantastic surprise for me.

Isfahan is beautiful but definitely not Johnny Hodges's interpretation. You can listen to it here for free before you purchase it.

Bad Boyfriend

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

“So mom. My boyfriend took all of my money, wrecked my car, and gave me three different kinds of STDs.”

M: “Oh dear! I’m so sorry!”

D: “… I can’t wait for you to meet him!”

—Republicans, apparently.

Social networks give you the right to speak to legions of idiots who previously spoke only in the bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community. They were then quickly silenced, but now have the same right to speak as to a Nobel Prize. It is an invasion of imbeciles.

—Umberto Eco

Recent Arrivals - Feb. 2021

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Mosaic of book covers. Leviathan Awakes, Rachel Carson LOA Collection, Chronicles of a Death Fortold, Love in the Time of Cholera, Thelonious Monk: Life and Times, Life in E Flat, John OHara LOA Novels, The Overstory, and House Made of Dawn.

Gotta read faster.

From Prospero's Books Kansas City, The Dusty Bookshelf Lawrence, KS, and my Library of America subscription. The James Corey is a gift from my daughter Marilyn because she knows The Expanse is my favorite TV show.

Malevolent Inanity

Mon, Jan 18, 2021

January 6, 2021 Capitol rioters standing on the podium of the us House of Representatives.

Hey everybody! Look at me! I’m a moron!

The best way I can think of to describe the current status of the GOP is "malevolent inanity."

The elevation of nonsensical, yet still hateful, rhetoric whose sole intention is to rile up the aggrieved, while not new, is now the primary (only?) strategy of the GOP's desperate attempt to maintain relevance and cling to power.

You can see a good example of the result by watching the New Yorker video of the invasion of the senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol. President Trump, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, et al. managed to animate a cadre of pathetic golems taking the form of giant toddlers. Overgrown preschool escapees whose power resides in falling on the floor and shitting themselves.

Remember when your kids first discovered that pushing a plate of food off the high-chair tray resulted in all kinds of excitement and chaos? That's these guys.

The bar for becoming a freedom fighter is now low enough to step over. You just have to be willing to zip-tie the constitution to a chair.

On Writing by Stephen King

Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Cover is a profile view of Stephen King leaning backwards in his office swivel chair.

First Paragraph:

“I was stunned by Mary Karr’s memoir, The Liars’ Club. Not just by its ferocity, its beauty, and by her delightful grasp of the vernacular, but by its totality—she is a woman who remembers everything about her early years.”

—Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Lie to Each Other

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The collapse of our democracy begins with the loss of places where silly people can get together and lie to each other.


The Captive Mind

Tue, Jan 12, 2021

I found a copy of this book at The Dusty Bookshelf here in Lawrence, KS today. It's reputation proceeds it but I would have purchased it on the strength of the epigram alone.

Stacey Abrams

Sat, Jan 9, 2021

Photo of smiling Stacey Abrams

Among my many faults, I count a certain baseline cynicism as one I would like to overcome.

Reading for 2021

Sat, Jan 2, 2021

The Long Room Of The Old Library At Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

The Long Room Of The Old Library At Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Photo by Jonathan Singer.

On the reading page for Terrible Ideas, the Currently Reading section now contains 9 books. The list doesn’t contain any books that I want to give up on, so it’s time to get moving.

The On Deck section, on the other hand, is completely ridiculous. I’m going to have to do some revising and reconsidering there. There are forty books “on deck” and for some of them, I should consider adding a “wishful thinking” section. There are also quite a few unlisted recent acquisitions that are trying to push for the top of that list. It’s time for a little planning and purging.

There’s definitely going to be more poetry read. Poetry increases strength and builds muscles.

What are the books on your list for 2021?

Christmas Quilt

Sat, Jan 2, 2021

Image shows a quilted blanket with random patterns in holiday colors.

Christmas quilt by Beth Jewett, 2017

My sister Beth is a talented quilt maker.

This is one she gave to me for Christmas 4 years ago. I'm putting it away before it gets too much wear and tear from the cat, but I'll miss having something so beautiful to look at. Until next year...

Bobbie Draper

Sat, Jan 2, 2021

We're gonna need to send in the Marines!

How many?

...um...one should be enough.

Image shows TV character Bobbie Draper in her Mars Marine battle armor.

Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams) – The Expanse

New Year's Eve Me

Fri, Jan 1, 2021

New Year’s Eve me, 2020.

What do you know? You reach a point where it's New Year's Eve of the year 2020 A.D. How about that?

And I'm not grumpy! I'm...thoughtful.

Happy New Year everyone!