One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tarkovsky's "Ivan's Childhood"

Currently reading: FMF: a bio + just started Parade's End (a somewhat garbled Kindle version -- we need a better buying option!).

Currently watching: Early Tarkovsky.






Sunday, January 15, 2017

R L Swihart's poem "Exploring Hetch Hetchy in a Submersible"

Just a little poem: "Exploring Hetch Hetchy in a Submersible." One of my few published poems inspired by a student. Make sure you look in the Poetry Issue: A Feast of the Mind.

The Good Soldier: Two Last Clips

I HAVE, I am aware, told this story in a very rambling way so that it may be difficult for anyone to find their path through what may be a sort of maze. I cannot help it. I have stuck to my idea of being in a country cottage with a silent listener, hearing between the gusts of the wind and amidst the noises of the distant sea, the story as it comes. And, when one discusses an affair—a long, sad affair—one goes back, one goes forward. One remembers points that one has forgotten and one explains them all the more minutely since one recognizes that one has forgotten to mention them in their proper places and that one may have given, by omitting them, a false impression. I console myself with thinking that this is a real story and that, after all, real stories are probably told best in the way a person telling a story would tell them. They will then seem most real.


Mind, I am not preaching anything contrary to accepted morality. I am not advocating free love in this or any other case. Society must go on, I suppose, and society can only exist if the normal, if the virtuous, and the slightly deceitful flourish, and if the passionate, the headstrong, and the too-truthful are condemned to suicide and to madness.

Ford Madox Ford @ Olivet College

Grew up not far from Olivet in Jackson, but have never been to the campus.

I sent two e-mails inquiring about Ford Madox Ford's time at Olivet. I got one very generous reply from a Marty Jennings (Director of Alumni Engagement): two pics of FMF and a promise to forward some info from the Olivet College archives.

Here are the pics (pics of pics). According to Marty, the student in the second photo, a George Krepps ('38), just died a year ago (I believe at 100!).


Tahoe 4 (2017)










Tahoe (2017): The Coachman Hotel

Nice staff. Very central (could walk to the gondola or Nevada within a few minutes). Great coffee. Comfortable rooms.




Tahoe 3 (2017)








Tahoe 2 (2017)





Sunday, January 8, 2017

Tahoe 1 (2017)










Mono Lake & Around Mammoth [1.7.17]

Backwards. Coming back from Tahoe. Eastern side of the Sierras. Mistake (best ride of my life). As I was concentrating on the road (chains, oftentimes: one white lane) and trying to make time (was only going 25 to 30 mph), I only got "through the looking glass" pics.