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Aural Nostalgia (Part I): The Year of the Boom-Box

June 24, 2013 by


Part I: The Year of the Boom-Box The other day I received an email from The Rumpus that listed 10 songs that Stephen Elliott played for the kids and actors on set while filming his upcoming movie, Happy Baby.  This and Kelly’s post inspired me to dig into important music from my childhood and find […]

Cities in Rock 1: Winnipeg

June 22, 2013 by


My thirteen-year old texted me yesterday, asking (without any context), What’s some good classic rock? The question caught me flatfooted. First of all, Zane has, so far, been a non-discriminating listener, just as happy with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj as he is with Randy Travis and Green Day. (And, charmingly, my own solo guitar […]

Coker’s Para-Philosophical Advice #2

June 15, 2013 by


Eunoia Solstice offers a column that gives you a chance to have your questions answered–or perhaps only thought about– by a practicing philosopher. Send your questions to cokersadvice at gmail dot com.* 1. Why is fun so popular? This shouldn’t even be a question.  People (the populace) like fun.  Fun is enjoyable.  Also, each person is […]

Little Billboards #1: For Maurice Sendak

June 10, 2013 by


May my crimes also be my daughter’s: Stealing flashlights, reading at night. (For Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012)

Little Billboards

June 10, 2013 by


One of the poems that opened me up to the possibilities of haiku in English was this piece by Gary Hotham: Sunset dying on the end of a rusty beer can . . . Hotham isn’t pretending to live in the time of Basho or ascribing a purity to the environment that all too frequently […]

Say “Yaki Soba” With A Southern Accent

June 8, 2013 by


For Mothers’ Day my sister and I took our daughters to Jasper. The plan was to pick up our mother and take her out to eat at the new Japanese restaurant in what used to be Wendy’s. For once, and probably because I wasn’t driving, it wasn’t raining. Instead, the sun streamed down over the […]

The Hicks Have a Point

June 5, 2013 by


The confrontation between science and ignorance has had some high-water marks. You know the stories: the church fathers (et al.) have their moment of victory, are able to force a recantation or successfully curb learning for a generation or two. Then they are swept aside by the inevitable march of knowledge only to be remembered […]