I Hermes stand here at the crossroads by the wind beaten orchard, near the hoary grey coast; and I keep a resting place for weary men. And the cool stainless spring gushes out.
Fiction: The Messenger
Music/Film: A Band Called Death
The whole story is “…strange. It’s just…strange.” And it is, but in the beautiful way that some stories are so strange they make perfect sense.
Food: French lentil, roasted mushroom tart with savory almond topping
Further adventures in savory frangipane.
Literature: Myshkin on reckoning up the minutes
The point is in life, in life alone–discovering it, constantly and eternally.
Music: Punk Rock and Not Punk Rock
Sometimes I occupy my busy brain with the exercise of thinking-of-things-that-are-punk-rock-that-aren’t-actually-punk-rock. First, of course, it is necessary to arrive at a definition from which to work. “Punk” has a long and fascinating […]
Food: Gateau Basque with frangipane, raspberry, and dark chocolate
This is a cake I’ve made before with different fillings. Traditionally I believe it would have pastry cream or jam. You can pretty much put anything you like between the layers. I […]
The Literature of Ancient Egypt
It’s so strange to read words from an almost incomprehensible time ago, when it’s hard to imagine how people lived, and find truth in them that still resonates today. I’m not always the biggest fan of human beings in general, but sometimes in the bright round mystery of our history, we’re remarkable and beautiful and persistently true.
Fiction: The Brothers
They were born ten months apart. Their mother was the most beautiful woman in the world, and their father was a capricious and powerful man with appetites like a toddler. He wanted […]
Food: Using up Take Out Condiments
Do you ever order takeout food, and then the condiments sit in your fridge in their tiny containers? Do you ever think, if there was just some way I could use up […]
Film: La Bienvenida
La Bienvenida: the most beautiful short film I’ve seen in years La Bienvenida by Fernando Eimbcke is a beautiful short film about commitment, hope, and a refusal to be disappointed. It tells the […]