Leaving London

I knew it wasn’t going to be easy leaving London, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the way it did happen. It was meant to be simple: tube to Bank, DLR to London City Airport. My cheap flight took me from London to Amsterdam to NYC and then Albany. Not a day I was looking…

Saint Margaret

From the Cloisters, statue of Saint Margaret of Antioch: Like most of the early Christian virgin martyrs, she was secretly faithful and it was only when a Roman bigwig wanted to marry her that she ran into trouble because she refused him, and in public, too. Roman bigwigs hate that. She was tormented by a…

Jane Quiet: Fashion Icon?

Ah, the randomness of the internet! This post on Polyvore showed up on my Google search for Jane Quiet. No idea who this user is or what prompted them to choose Jane, but it’s kind of cool (especially the raven ring!), though Jane would never wear those shoes. You can’t chase demons in those heels….

A Chilly Birthday

Only one hat will do today: it’s the Mad Hatter! During one visit to Adrean in Brussels, I kept walking past the shop window where this hat was displayed and I kept thinking, “Oh, it’s too expensive.” Then I thought, “You’re going to regret not getting that hat. What if you never come back to…

Radio Wombat is Back!

Yes, after far too long I have made another itty bitty podcast for your delectation, part of a new series that wormed its way into my brain in the middle of the night. Yes, do take that as a caution. The series will be called “Conceit” (the literary kind, not the arrogant type although I…

Phone Photos from NC

A GIANT dust mite at the Museum of Life and Science. A gravestone in the cemetery at Ayr Mount Flamingos at the NC Zoo My little pal Chelsea, now 18, waiting for me to go to bed so she can lick my forehead and purr so loudly that I can’t get to sleep. She’s a…

UK Week 2: Mad Men and English Dogs (part three)

Back from Pennsylvania, where Miss Wendy and I sat in the dark and watched the fireflies when the power went out at Lafayette College, where she’s teaching a summer class on comics. Saturday we headed down to Philadelphia and met up with my pal Todd for sushi, drinks and a not so good movie (that…

Haunting the Night of the Living Dead

I am relieved to have the teaching week over. The real week isn’t over yet, but the part of it in which I have to teach is over. It’s been a bear of a week, what with a four day a week class, four hours a day. Although I have to say I’ve have a…

Crazy Haste

The next interview will be up later today; naturally, I have all the interviews at home while I’m here on campus and running like mad today, because I plan to head down to Bard to hear Liz Hand read between my classes. I will be announcing a new writing gig later this week. I just…