When Little Joe the Krampus Met

Hop on over to Radio Wombat for the latest podcast, “When Little Joe the Krampus Met” which is also available in a quieter version as a chapbook if you prefer. Perfect for holiday gifts, unless you want to go totally BISON for the season (and who doesn’t?). It’s barely registered with me that it’s December…

Melville Marathon

Read the enthralling account of The joey Zone’s participation in the marathon reading of Moby Dick last week (it’s slightly shorter than the novel 😉 It is brought to you by the New England Anomaly, your home for weirdness.

The Old Man and the Seaport

The Moby Dick reading marathon ends at noon today, with a big birthday cake for Melville. The joey Zone is in the thick of it down on the decks of the Charles W. Morgan in Mystic Seaport. His chapter was read in the middle of the night, I think (but I could be mis-remembering). It’s…

Walpurgisnacht

Teaching is done for the semester, just finals to go. I was sad to see the back of my film class, but they were more than ready to move on to finals and summer and graduation. It’s Walpurgisnacht, so bonfires are burning — and in Finland people are probably already drinking sima for Vappu (and…

Boojum Blast

We headed out in time to arrive to help set up the hall for the circus. Perilous Cheryl had a vision and we carried it out (as best we could with our limited skills). Fortunately, the Queen and Johnny 10X arrived with a batch of scary clown pictures which dressed up the venue immensely. John…

Boojum Bound

We’re running away to join the circus! Well, The joey Zone’s circus birthday party, that is. Whoo hooo! This will be fun. After the stress of the last few days, it will be welcome fun to see everyone. As verse 621 of the Tirukural reminds us, “Laugh when troubles come your way. Nothing conquers calamity…

Good News!

My abstract has been accepted for the “Forging Folklore: Witches, Pagans and Neo-Tribal Cultures” conference at Harvard May 3-5, 2007. I’ll be speaking on Finnish magic and music which ought to be entertaining. Of course, I’ll find an excuse to bring my kantele along as well. I had planned to attend the conference anyway as…

Neighborly

We got about a foot of snow since yesterday. I volunteered to go out first and start the shoveling (mostly so Gene could finish it 😉 but we got really fortunate that one of our neighbors was passing by with his snow blower, saw me shoveling and ran a couple of paths each side of…