Friday, May 27, 2016

Saturday, June 27, 2015

It feels to me like this space has run its course.  I've deleted--rightly or wrongly-- my personal sites in the past.  I've no plans to delete this one.

Thanks to the many who have visited over the years.

Best wishes,


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Anxiously awaiting tonight's NBA Finals game.

Here in Northeastern Ohio the anxiety is palpable.  We love us our Cavs.  And it's been an emotional roller coaster of a season.

After four games, the seven game series is knotted at 2 games apiece.

I don't want to say that the Golden State Warriors are the incarnation of evil. I am suggesting it though.

Go Cavs!

Friday, June 12, 2015

My new book, Appearances: A Novel In Fragments, has been out for a couple of weeks now.  Go here (and scroll to the bottom of the page) where you can either purchase a hard copy or download it for free as an e-book.  I worked on the thing for over three years.  It is dear to my heart.

Oh, and did I mention that you can even download it as an e-book for free!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Watched an interesting documentary this afternoon: Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter.


Have been revisiting Emerson.  I don't care for his poems but find incredible poetry in his essays and lectures.


Listening to Jeff Beck's new CD Live+ (14 live tracks from various concerts, 2 studio tracks).


At the Austin City Limits website there's a link up to a show B.B. King did.  I watched it yesterday and was particularly fascinated whenever the camera lingered on his fingers.

King didn't play a lot of chords. He played a lot of single note rhythms with a very distinctive vibrato and a lot of bends.

You bend strings by pushing them.  It takes strength and finesse to bend strings.  Eric Clapton once remarked in an interview that, while he no longer practiced scales and patterns, he did still practice bends.


Since I finished Appearances I've been at something of a loss about what to do with myself.  I have no ideas for writing at the moment.  So I've been filling my time in other ways:  housework, yard work, errands, guitar,reading, etc.  Oh, and have I mentioned I watched this great documentary about Abraham Lincoln?


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

I'm feeling kind of emptied out.

Over the last ten years I've published five books of my own writing, plus 3 volumes of interviews I curated.  There have also been some assorted chapbooks, uncollected poems, interviews, etc.  It's been a very productive time.


Still...I have no ideas at the moment.


Thought can't be forced with good results.  This I know.  I've tried.


So, while I wait for any kind of response to Appearances, I'm thinking to try and focus on what I can do...namely my inept exploration of the guitar.

Today I spent an inordinant amount of time grooving with a jam track to no one's advantage.  It felt pretty good.