This is an appreciation of a stool that I saw at the Washington Island Farm Museum on Jackson Harbor Road on Washington Island. One imagines a tree felled for fire wood and someone with an axe recognizing the form of a three legged stool where the branches met the trunk. Beats sharpening up the draw… Continue reading The Quickest Route from A to B (Sustainable Design)
2021, My Year in Listening, Reading, and Seeing
Making a list of the music that entered my life in a given year has become an annual thing (here's 2018, 2019, and 2020). But it never really tells the full story. The second side of my favorite Django Reinhardt LP just finished, for example, as I began to write this. I put it on… Continue reading 2021, My Year in Listening, Reading, and Seeing
A Krampus, a Krumpos, and Whatever the Opposite of Virality Is
(Unless indicated, all photos by Joshua Clark, IG: @jcfclark) I saw a beautiful thing a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to tell you about it because, by its very nature, I can't share it with you. And maybe that was the point. These days the accepted thing is to seek virality, maybe to… Continue reading A Krampus, a Krumpos, and Whatever the Opposite of Virality Is
Top Ten Songs about the Empire Builder, a Listicle
Five years ago, Laura Gibson released a record called Empire Builder that, quite reasonably, had a song on it called "Empire Builder." If you're not familiar, Gibson is a songwriter and musician from Portland. She has the distinction of being the singer whose quiet voice single-handedly inspired the creation of the popular NPR Tiny Desk… Continue reading Top Ten Songs about the Empire Builder, a Listicle
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