Sunday, August 12, 2018

Small town NIMBY

There were signs about this banquet hall for miles on the way to my daughter's away camp.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Book: Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins

I think of Tom Robbins of embodying, in his person and in his writing, many of the things I value the most about my forsaken homeland in the Great Pacific Northwest.

Many years had passed since I had read any Robbins, and reading Wild Ducks Flying Backwards over the past few weeks reminded me of why I like him. 

Two bits to illustrate:

"... language is not the frosting, it's the cake."

And the entirety of his response to the question "How Do You Feel About America?" from 1997 (hopefully the copyright police will not come after me for this):

"America is a nation of 270 million people: 100 million of them are gangsters, another 100 million are hustlers, 50 million are complete lunatics, and every single one of us is secretly in show business. Isn't that fabulous? I mean, how could you fail to have a good time in a country like that? I could live literally anywhere in the world and do what I do so, obviously, I live in America by choice - not for any patriotic or financial reasons necessarily, but because it's so interesting there. America may be the least boring country on earth, and this despite the fact that the dullards on the religious right and the dullards on the academic left (the two faces of Yankee puritanism) seem to be in competition to see who can do the most to promote compulsory homogenization and institutionalized mediocrity. It won't work. In America, the chronically wild, persistently haywire, strongly individualistic, surprisingly good-humored, flamboyant con-man hoopla is simply bigger than all of them." 

I also quite liked the essay "What is Art and, If We Know What Art is, What is Politics?

Recommended (but maybe read one of the novels first if you are new to the enterprise).

Friday, July 20, 2018

Some rather expensive memorabilia

The Brady Bunch house is on the market for only $1.855 million.

Update: the house has sold!

And another update: the house has sold to someone else.

Funny, I always thought of the Brady Bunch as a comedy rather than a drama ...

Still another update: HGTV is the buyer.

Hat tip on the updates to Charlie Brown

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

And there was great rejoicing ....

Michigan LSA Dean Andrew Martin, bane of the Michigan economics department, is leaving!

I am told that the party in Lorch Hall will continue until his departure in early November.