qotd January 12, 2015


You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.

James Fenton

via Poets on Poetry: A Virtual Village of Discovery and Poetics | Academy of American Poets.

Illustrators respond to Charlie Hebdo magazine attack

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Illustrators respond to Charlie Hebdo magazine attack.

qotd January 1, 2015


The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.

Zadie Smith

Her last pictures

Dog-blogging / Ephemera

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Sophia Kovalevskaya Dog Niehoff

Goodbye, Sophie


We had to say goodbye to Sophie today. She was in too much pain.

Holiday greetings


December 23, 2014 || 2:32 PM

Where I am: Starbucks.

What I am contemplating: the habit we have (well, lots of people who are not me) of greeting people with the phrase “Are you ready for Christmas?”

We are supposed to be, at this time, overwhelmed with the production of A Holiday and there are endless ways to keep busy. To do something more.

It is defeat, and a sign of your weak character, to say “Yes” in answer to this. If you say “Yes,” you are a sluggard and a cheat and you are guaranteeing a substandard December 25th for your family. Well, you could be a master organizer who shops for presents in May, but we’re working on probabilities here now.

Let us hang out on Christmas, enjoy each other’s company, eat too many cookies (ones from easy recipes that don’t require exotic ingredients like petrified reindeer tears) and talk nonsense or football with each other.

Let us enjoy.

Have a holiday.

Neil Gaiman – Where do you get your ideas?

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Neil Gaiman – Where do you get your ideas?.