passing current

  • April 13, 2017 Passing Current 32: The oblique function

    (My friend Amy – one of the smartest, most creative people I’ve ever met – has started a newsletter! Already it’s amazing: Ridiculous Ideas to Stave Off Death

  • March 31, 2017 Passing Current 31: L'Insaisissable

    (Ponderosas, lodgepole pines, sugar pines, incense cedars, manzanita and bitter cherry and rabbitbush. Steller’s jays and dark-eyed juncos and mountain chickadees and kestrels. In the morning it sno...

  • March 23, 2017 Passing Current 30: Hearsay of the sun

    (Been on the road, working. Missed you! Recent offices: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4

  • February 17, 2017 Passing Current 29: The overload

    (Hello my darlings. It’s hard to write about anything else, isn’t it?

  • January 10, 2017 Passing Current 28: Surface tension

    Let’s start in London in 1968, with a kidnapping, and end in the high desert outside Twentynine Palms. Two kidnappings, actually, but the first was just a mannequin of Michael Caine taken from a mas...

  • December 03, 2016 Passing Current 27: The Torch

    Every night, Karl Kraus sat down at his desk to face “the wall of fire”: burning cities, burning books, the tinder-dry bush in flames out of which God spoke to Moses, the crackling babble of a cit...

  • November 01, 2016 Passing Current 26: Ghost story

    Robert Aickman wrote some of my favorite … what to call them? They’re not ghost stories, necessarily. He called them his “strange stories.” He wrote 48 of them over about three decades, from t...

  • October 26, 2016 Passing Current 25: The Low Road

    (Seems like the time for this Marge Piercy poem.)

  • October 02, 2016 Passing Current 24: Infinitely patient

    (If you’re in a dark place in the northern hemisphere the next two weeks or so and you wake up a few hours before dawn you’ll be able to see the zodiacal light

  • September 24, 2016 Passing Current 23: Carnaro

    (Hello again! Some recent offices: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5