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Better Life, Olive Crown

I wrote a poem using two-word phrases collected from the subject lines of spam I’ve received recently. They were so inventive, it seemed a pity to just throw them away. I’ve combined 28 of them into something that makes about as much sense and the spam...
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This is a page from a South Australian cookbook, published by Argonout Bookshop circa 1945. MJ’s stepfather, Pete, gave it to me when we were in Elliston. It’s lost its cover and the pages are wrinkled and acid-burned but the recipes are delightful. Expect...
Ulysses

Ulysses

What happens when seven people get together to read a section of Ulysses in a bar in Tokyo? Hilarity ensues. We changed tables twice trying to find a quiet place away from the irritating 80s pop background music but failed. We ordered lots of beer, we rattled the...
New Foodie Book

New Foodie Book

I had the honor of paging through the only printed copy of my friend Elizabeth’s new book this week. It’s gorgeous, though she worries it is too heavy. I disagree; the book has a good heft. But better than weight, it has recipes! From fish to desserts,...
Psmith in the City

Psmith in the City

I volunteered with Librivox to read aloud some of the public domain Project Gutenberg texts. I talked about doing this on my own last year, but except for some scattered short stories, never really followed through. It’s a daunting task to read an entire book...
Psmith in the City

New York Diary

Ah, another Parker reading randomly selected from The Portable Dorothy Parker. At this rate, I’ll have read the whole thing aloud in about two years. Still haven’t gotten to the poetry, though. This one is a short story from 1936. From the Diary of a New...