The Stucco Frieze at Balamkú

We travelled to Calakmul in Campeche, the heart of the Mexican Petén. Once the capitol of the Kingdom of the Snake, Calakmul now lies at the end of dusty, bumpy road in the Calakmul Biospheric Reserve. Famous for its spectacular pyramids, seeing it was the high point of our second trip to the Yucatán Peninsula.… Continue reading The Stucco Frieze at Balamkú

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