passing current

  • 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

  • April 20, 2016 Passing Current 22: The Moscow Refrigeration Institute

    (All the flowering trees are blooming in New York City: callery pear trees, crabapple trees, eastern redbuds, hawthorns, magnolias, and the knockout kanzan cherry trees, which are so supersaturated an...

  • April 12, 2016 Passing Current 21: He, She, Us, It!

    Alfred Kubin’s *The Other Side* is a deeply unsettling novel from 1909 about a city, Pearl, constructed in isolation somewhere in Central Asia by Claus Patera, the richest man in the world. Patera w...