The most entertaining comment thread so far this year..

…can be found here: Added Bonus: Irregardless what you think conversate is a word. Ta-Nehisi Coates has, for a couple of days now, posted about the word “conversate.” He recounts his conversation with Jesse Sheidlower, author of The F Word and Editor At Large for the Oxford English Dictionary. Ta-Nehisi: So is conversate a word? […]

The woman in the 10-gallon hat

The woman in the 10-gallon hat

Who is this woman in the 10-gallon hat? My great aunt Doris. I’ve more fun photos of her (posing as that western gal for her fellow eastern art school students! standing on horses!) in a post I wrote about learning about the history of Billings, Montana, while reading letters in the attic sent from Billings […]

Cold Women, kept safe

A good story. “The tide! The tide will take care of you and your girls!” [via TNH’s Particles]

All things being Equator

My friend Lilli Cloud wrote an article that’s been published in the Dallas Morning News about her adventures at the equator, and whether the water swirls in a different direction north or south of the equator or not. I blogged it at the time. I’m quoted in her article; I repeat Dan Gillmor’s “your audience […]

My Madeleine L’Engle Story

I met Madeleine L’Engle when she came through Pasadena on a book tour some time back. The newly released book was The Glorious Impossible, which Amazon says was published in 1990, so I guess this took place around then. She appeared at Vroman’s. I wasn’t very interested in her signature in this new book. I […]

Quirk Culture

Atlantic Magazine: Quirked Around “It’s been 20 years of beneficent, wide-eyed gazing upon the oddities of our fellow man.” There’s lots on This American Life, especially the TV series (which I haven’t seen).