July First

July first. It parts the year like the part in a head of hair. I had foreseen it as a boundary marker for me–yesterday one kind of me, tomorrow a different kind. The light-rimmed boundary of the east was July, for June had gone away in the night. July is brass where June is gold, … More July First

Tobacco Talk: How to Share Your Research

Just puffand aim a beamof smoke at nothingbut the fact of satisfaction …What seems a treasurein this world is notfor us to measure.Sometimes it’s quiteenough to marvelat a dream that turnedmere leaves into a pleasure. – Samuel Hazo, “When the Evening Gets Down to Cigars”Occasional verse delivered at a meeting of the Rascals, Rogues, and Rapscallions. … More Tobacco Talk: How to Share Your Research

An Apology for the Wheel of Time Adaptation

There’s been some consternation over the recent Wheel of Time adaptation. It’s come to the point that there are even warring hashtags about #BookCloaks and #ShowSworn! I get it–any adaptation will lead to hard feelings for folks who have spent so much time, money, and effort (reading 14 books!). But the special thing about the … More An Apology for the Wheel of Time Adaptation