Fiction/Non-Fiction

From the official Empire State Building site: Narrating the tour is Tony, a fictional, but nonetheless authentic, native New Yorker born 50 years ago in Chelsea, an area of Manhattan not yet the hot, trendy neighborhood it is today. The tour is written from Tony’s point of view and is filled with his colorful, amusing…

An Experimental Publication

Go to Feedbooks and download a copy for FREE of my wacky dinosaur story, “Another Metamorphosis” which should be available in all formats for your palm reader, iPod, phone, etc. Of course, you should also comment on the story. I may put some other previously published stories there for the free publicity. I just downloaded…

Review: Ginger Geezer

I’m not actually going to write a review of the book: it’s about a fascinating artist, Vivian Stanshall, told in a journalistic manner, which in this case means a meandering although vaguely sequential narrative, without an iota of beauty or style, but one which nonetheless proves to be an enjoyable read just because it is…

Mortality

Hands down, the strangest thing I’ve seen in some time: a chipmunk eating a snake. It may be old hat to more knowledgeable folks, but it was a surprise for me to see out the kitchen window here at Domus Crispini. Naturally, I googled to see whether this was the least bit unusual and found…

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…

Medieval Mantis

Here’s Judith G. Klausner‘s amazing mantis art, this time portraying the story of Judith, who chops off the head of the evil leader Holofernes. In the Old English poem, this woman of elfin beauty figures out that this is the best way to rally her people to defend themselves against invaders (whose description in the…

Off to Necon

We’re off to Necon, which has had a last minute venue change. It’s still at Roger Williams University but at their conference center, so the camp has gone corporate. Poor Dan Booth, the organizer, is tearing his hair out and surely most of the folks are grumbling with disappointment because we’re not on the quads…

Baby Jane

On the way to the post office and grocery store today, I walked past a woman I have seen once or twice before so she’s probably local. The weird thing is she looks an awful lot like a latter day Baby Jane Hudson with her garish lips, raven-kohled eyes layered with blue and a thick…

Nonsense upon Stilts

[Well, it sounds better than ‘a hodge podge of things recent but forgotten in posts’, and comes from Jeremy Bentham] I learned today that my former UHD colleague, Dan Shea, was leading a crew of students around London the very same time that I was and stayed at the Royal National around the corner from…

Wombat Day!

Per Wombania: ‘In the Autumn of 2005, the Grand Wombat Council, under the wise leadership of President Wombat, realized that the world needed a special day to commemorate the wonderful wombat. October 22nd was chosen, and the very first Wombat Day was observed on October 22, 2005. Wombat Day is alternatively known as “Hug a…