Charles Simic’s Lucky Day

Today, one of my favorite poets, Charles Simic, received a double dose of good fortune as he was named poet laureate of the United States and was awarded $100,000 from the American Academy of Poets. “Now I just have to break a leg. It’s just too much luck,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m[…]


Here’s a new word we came up with today that we hope will become part of the common lexicon used among English-speaking audio professionals: Main Entry: Mon·om·i·nous Pronunciation: ˌmä-nə-mə-nəs Function: adjective Date: circa 2007 : any instance of monophonic audio exhibiting an omen : portentous; especially : foreboding or foreshadowing evil — mon·om·i·nous·ly adverb —[…]

Read This

Part 1: Vulture, New York magazine’s Arts and Entertainment blog, has this cool section called the “Weekend Read.” They post an article in pdf format for you to print out, take home, and read at your leisure. Part 2: So a friend of a friend has this intriguing experience with a landlord. The first friend[…]


I feel like I’ve seen this before. Maybe not. I can’t remember. Anyway, more of these can be found at Billy Collins: action poet. And in case you were wondering, that’s both the words and the voice of our former poet laureate, Billy Collins.

Bolivian Dogs

Matthew Baldwin, of defective yeti fame, wrote an awesome remembrance-of-dogs-past this week in The Morning News: Before I joined the Peace Corps, I thought I knew dogs. Loveable. Loyal. Affable. Man’s best friend. In Bolivia, I met dogs: the canine id—not the superego-in-a-sweater I see today at my local suburban dog park.

On Screaming

Lately my five year old daughter has taken to screaming. She loves to scream. Thankfully, she is polite about her screaming. If she feels a strong urge to scream she will announce her intentions. “I feel like screaming now,” she will say in a cute little voice before letting out a terrific little squeal that’s[…]


Derek Smalls: We’re lucky. David St. Hubbins: Yeah. Derek Smalls: I mean, people should be envying us, you know. David St. Hubbins: I envy us. Derek Smalls: Yeah. David St. Hubbins: I do. Derek Smalls: Me too. -Derek Smalls & David St. Hubbins, This Is Spinal Tap, 1984


The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark. -Barbara Hall, Northern Exposure, Rosebud, 1993