#BurnsNight

I dropped by the Albany statue for Robert Burns to pay my respects on his birthday. My friend Terry tells me after Columbus and Queen Victoria, he’s the figure with the most statues in his honour. He’s a lot more palatable than those two, too. The panels around the sides include a rendition of Tam…

Albacon 2016 This Weekend

I will be making an appearance at Albacon this weekend, the local speculative fiction conference. Say hello if you’re around. I can’t promise dragons but I have two panels on Friday at 2 and at 3: and one on Sunday at 11: See the complete schedule here. I’ll finally get to hang around with Debi…

Henry Rollins at the Egg

At 51, Henry Rollins remains awe inspiring. It’s not just the tautly muscled physique or the fearless spirit of adventure. It’s the hard-nosed insistence on a no-holds-barred optimism. Yeah, the angry voice of punk — decades on — speaks just as loudly, passionately and uncompromisingly as ever. He just does it to a bunch of…

My Gypsy Ways: Albany

Mondays almost always find me in Albany because it’s the beginning of the teaching week. The week starts off with a bang because I end up spending twelve hours or more on campus, not departing until the end of the grad class about 9pm. I’m grateful at the end of the day that I generally…