Know-vember: Barry Leary

I should be in Dublin with Elena and Rod today, which is just as well considering my current guest here: Barry is shy. He’s also an artist. We may have been standing next to each other at the big Rothko exhibit at the Tate Modern a few years back, both gazing in rapt awe, but…

More Moore but Not Ruthlessly So

Saturday kicked off another trip to the Big Smoke with the aim of seeing Mr Moore and his compatriots re-imagine a journey through the English. Apropos, non? We took the train into Liverpool Street station and then stopped at Hamilton Hall for a pint and lunch with Ruth. I love burgers with slabs of real…

Purposeful

I started out the day purposefully: I got a needed oil change, ran to the store and then came to campus. There things began to bog down a bit, not only because there was a lot of email to get to and a call from the Dean but then there was the printer not working….

Whirlwind Travel

NYC on Thursday to see Lynda Barry and Maira Kalman and today I’m off to Connecticut for the final party at the Aloha Alcohula. So, in haste with the hope of more later: My route: drive down to Poughkeepsie, Metro North to Grand Central, arriving after everyone’s already stopped waltzing. Then off to the Met…

Publication: Rothko Red

My flash fiction story, “Rothko Red”, is published in the current issue of the FinNALA Newsletter. The Finnish North American Literature Association also publishes the lit mag Kippis, where my story “The Kantele” appeared. There’s nothing Finnish about this story other than of course the author’s heritage. Well, perhaps the mood of melancholy could be…

London Recap, Part Three: Mmmm, Bacon

Sunday was Bacon day! Over to the Tate Britain in the cold cold drizzle (it always seems to rain when I go over Pimlico way). I had expected wonders from the Rothko exhibit, but I hadn’t quite realised how much the Tate had gone all out for Franky Bacon, including a bunch of talks (none…

London Recap, Part Two: Not dining with Mr Jones

Friday afternoon I hit the Andy Warhol, “Other Voices, Other Rooms” exhibit at the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre. The guidebook lists its contents as “21 films, 1 clouds installation, 40 screen tests, 6 videos, 42 tv-episodes, 16 drawings…” and on and on. I’d never really thought about the direct link between Warhol and…

London Recap, Part One

Now that we’re back from Robert’s where he treated us in the usual style, i.e. stuffing us silly with good food and drink, I’m finally facing the horror of catching up with all I’ve neglected while swanning off to London. Is writing it up just another way to avoid work? Oh, let’s not think about…

London so far

BT Openinternet is CRAP! Warhol, Rothko, Terry Jones Q&A, Bacon, and more, cold! Thames… The usual and the unusual, but always a great time. Very relaxed and that’s the aim, right? Head full of art, ears full of music, face full of smiles. Home with the Brookses, so feet up and well-fed.

On the Air!

What the — three posts in one day?! Yeah, well you never know when inspiration might strike. And now, we have sound — yes, after months of farting around doing nothing, I finally put up a podcast, which is a fancy way of saying a low-tech recording of me reading a flash fiction piece. Wander…