Month: February 2011

‘The Way We Speak Now’ by Angi Becker Stevens

This week on Smokelong Weekly, a gem. The Way We Speak Now by Angi Becker Stevens

“The first word we lost was the name of that thing with the buttons, the one you speak into to talk to someone who is far away or at least not in the same room. The thing you call people with. We woke up one day and the word was just gone, no one anywhere could remember it. It even vanished from dictionaries, as far as we knew, …”

Beautiful and sad, intricately woven, raw and real, detailed yet not without mystery.

Javier Bardem is up for best actor in this film tonight at the Oscars, apparently. If he gets it, so too should the director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Above amazing.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform again at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue returned to the Paradise Rock Club in Boston last night, bringing their incredibly energetic “supafunkrock” sound. They are an amazing live band. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews fully engages with the audience. When we saw them last year, they were the main act, and it seemed they could have easily gone on for five hours.

Elizabeth took photos of them last year from the balcony. Yesterday, we decided to go down closer to the stage, and, with camera in hand, I managed to get some good shots.

What do you think? Continue reading

Photos of Mamusia’s hometown, Pisarzowice, Poland

My mother this week sent me photos she’s found online of her hometown, Pisarzowice, about 12 miles southeast of Jelenia Góra, Poland. Here you see an aerial view, then the church and school she attended. Continue reading

I hope to write a book that would one day make someone’s bookcase dance like this one does. If it too dances to “Tamacun” by Rodrigo y Gabriela, then all the better.

A random look back at Muse 2010

Talking with Joan FitzGerald at Muse 2010 lunch

Chatting during lunch at Grub Street's Muse and the Marketplace 2010.

Grub Street, a fantastic nonprofit writing center in Boston, today launched its new daily blog, Grub Daily. I’m excited to see what the blog has in store for local writers. Today’s introductory post promises a schedule for every weekday: writing exercises, success stories, guest posts, literary advice and approving nods toward achieving members, aka Grubbies. Fantastic.

Another cool thing featured on the site: Flickr photos from Muse & the Marketplace 2010 — and yours truly is featured in a handful. Continue reading

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