From Dundee to Prague

I should have been in Scotland weeks ago. I miss my family, I miss Dundee, I miss livable weather, too. I miss idling in the Howff and dropping by my favourite paintings in the McManus or standing on the little observation deck in the V&A watching the Tay flow past. I miss all of us…

#NationalUnicornDay Medieval Style

In Scotland it is National Unicorn Day, the day they celebrate the national beast. With the lockdown and everyone staying indoors, they have become plentiful again, so I hear. Thus from medieval Scots history I offer you a tale told by a unicorn (on good authority!) from The Talis of Fyve Bestes (beasts that is,…

Live Tweet Transcript: Sword of the Valiant

Inspired by the forthcoming A24 film of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which actually looks fantastic, Carol and Angela, renowned of the Cultural Gutter (and other famous deeds of valour) and me had a cracking good time live tweeting a viewing of the incredibly terrible Sword of the Valiant, much of which I had forgotten since…

Spirits Gather

As the Mummers begin their revels, St George fights the Dragon, or the Galoshins begin the games, we begin a time of reflection for change in the new year. It’s a time for taking stock, making decisions — and who am I kidding? It’s a time for mellow quiet, good food, and peaceful recharging. There…

Leonora, Me & The Hearing Trumpet

Check out my conversation with Rick over at Some Other Sphere about my obsession with Leonora Carrington, The Hearing Trumpet and more. I enjoyed it: hope you do, too.  

Chaucer & the Art of the Grift

Over at Empty Mirror magazine I’m featured with my essay on Chaucer’s Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale and David Maurer’s The Big Con, which (among other things) inspired The Sting. Check it out and take a look around: they feature a lot of smart, offbeat and interesting pieces that include fiction, non-fiction and art. Interdisciplinarity #FTW!

ISATMA 2017

When I saw Pauline Oliveros about a year ago I didn’t know it would be the last time. Her concert with the International Contemporary Ensemble at Bard’s Fisher Center was –as she always was — riveting and compelling. Hearing about her new work with assistive technology for music (she had just come back from Norway)…

Coming Up: Divine Write & We The Humanities

Beginning of the semester is always busy and this one is no exception. Things coming up where you might run into me — apart from as always the productive Write 4 a Day sessions — include the 2nd Sunday @ 2 reading in Troy, as well as two new events. Divine Write is a new…

Mindful Hands Exhibition

While in Venice I went to an exhibit at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the isla San Giorgio Maggiore called ‘Mindful Hands’ which offered up a real feast of medieval manuscripts. If that’s not your thing you may yawn, but those who enjoy these beauties may swoon over the album here. A beautiful day, a…