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secret project

secret project

I have been granted visiting scholar status at the AMNH, to research my next book. The back-0f-house of the museum is full of amazing things, though, sadly, I don’t have access to them all, to just peer in all the cupboards, boxes and jars. I […]

magnet release 9/19/2019

magnet release 9/19/2019

I wrote a book about magnets, magnetism, Mesmer, obsession, navigation, the Admiralty, Wile E. Coyote, and eating refrigerator letters. Among other things. Order online (amazon, bloomsbury, powell’s) or look for it at a bookstore near you.    

Reading the Catalog

Reading the Catalog

There are few publishing houses which can make one feel enchanted, and they don’t come along very often. (I’ve ‘met’ two others in my lifetime.) To create such a mystery requires foresight and intent, yet to understand this, what is one to do? To be […]

Into the forest

Into the forest

I get off the ferry in the relentless drizzle. Again, I had been the only non-local on the boat, eliciting many a sideways glance from the adults and the usual more blatant interest from the small children. Arriving at the muddy brown port, it was […]

Some beauty of the Adelphi Project

Some beauty of the Adelphi Project

It’s strange to have written so little about The Adelphi Project in the past year. Having read 341 books or so (a few more now), and having spent so much time thinking about everything even slightly related, I still seem to forget to bring you […]

Dutch

Dutch

The Tusty is an old ship. She runs the Aleutian route for the Alaska Marine Highway. She was constructed in 1964, and though she has been refurbished since, a bit, she still has the feel of an old diesel ship. Or I am telling myself […]

Buckle Bunnies: Travels in Another America

Buckle Bunnies: Travels in Another America

  For five days in February I sit behind the rough stock gates at the rodeo in San Antonio, Texas. I watch the bull riders, the saddle bronc and bareback bronc riders. I know who supplies the stock, I recognize some of the cattle. I’ve […]