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Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

In circumspect pursuit of supinely divined literary delectations, notwithstanding erstwhile proficiency in such piffling matters considering the breadth of sullen sanctimoniousness our globe engulfs at present, one warm and fainéant afternoon not so very long ago, a fortuitous encounter with an unassuming book enkindled an expansive voyage of luciferous rumination, […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

It is a scene engraved in history.  A thin man in simple dress, with a bowler balanced atop his head, sways his body in measured arcs as his fingers fly across the keys, and raucous music fills the room.  From time to time he arches his back, stretching the aching […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

The Complete Book of Puppets and Puppeteering – by Robert Ten Eyck Hanford Shrill cries emerge from behind the curtain.  Then laughter.  Thumping, bumping, someone jumping, to and fro across the stage.  More nonsensical shouts reach out, and the audience begins to wonder.  What lies behind the silken cloth and […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Ah, Valentine’s Day.  That special time of year when all things frivolous are slapped into a heart shaped box, pasted with ribbons, dressed up like a burlesque dancer, and thus inescapably appear as a constant reminder of one’s joy, or pain, or even vague indifference when it comes to love. […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

I’ve been sitting on this one for quite some time now. With a book as utterly fantastic as “Stick-Fighting: Self-Defense”, you don’t just toss this one to the wolves willy-nilly. However, recent events at the Senior Center have called for drastic measures, and it’s time to bring out the big […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Without fail, you’ve gotta love any book that begins with instructions on how to boil a frog. I prefer fried amphibians myself, with a good bit of hot sauce and a glass of cold, sweet tea, but to each his own I suppose. But live frog boiling? Why, that might […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

With the arrival of the New Year and all the promise it contains, I’ve been thinking lately of past resolutions, potential new ones I’m procrastinating making, and all the things that make each New Year truly “new”.  One way to make sure this year will be different, if it’s difference […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Ah the scarf.  Simple.  Timeless.  Elegant.  Scarfy. The plethora of pleasing adjectives for scarfs is as long as, well, the world’s longest scarf.  (33.74 miles to be exact)  And a scarf’s uses, one can rest assured, are as varied as they are plentiful.  In Sensational Scarfs by Carol Straley, she […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Let’s imagine, for a moment, a world where animals can talk.  A world in which there are no barriers to communication, and every thought or idle fancy passing through the minds of our furry friends is expressed in earnest.  Now for some this may sound delightful, but for me, the […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

The air is rich and floral, the lights dazzling, the carpet plush beneath new well-heeled shoes.  A glass of champagne, cold and bubbly, is brought by the twitch of a finger as we stroll beside so many jumbled fountains of flowers it’s almost scandalous.  Almost. All around our eyes, everything […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

At what point does a wall become a wall?  A pressing question I know, but there must be a list of requirements that exist, even if only in our collective consciousness of various things constructed.  Build a wall too short and you’ve got a curb.  Or a step.  Or perhaps, […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

I don’t like haircuts.  They cost money, the buzzers tickle my ears, and, sometimes I look funny afterwards, though that might have something to do with my appearance before as well I suppose, but generally, I am not a fan of haircuts. What I am a fan of though, is […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Last night I made a list of all the things I could think of that can make a grown man cry.  Now, either I’m a little too “new age” or most of the guys I know have been bottling up their feelings, because it turned into quite the list.  We […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

How did November 4th treat you?  Are you feeling relieved?  A bit angry?  Elated?  Perhaps hungry?  (It’s all that talk about pork I tell ya.  Oh the things I could do with a whole barrelful!) But if you are among the discontented, and at my calculations the numbers around 60 […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

The night is cool and dark.  A wind was lost that once held promise; a lonesome breeze that found its way – a gift from thundering skies far south – through currents pulsing warmth into the icing shadows fading north.  The land is still.  Its breath gone quiet.  And for […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Up up down down left right left right B A Start.  Ah for the time when that simple code was the solution to most of life’s problems.  Well, that and a full box of ice cream sandwiches.  And a BB gun.  But alas, we’re many years into this brave, new […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

Do you curse and mumble, scream and swear?  Do children, dogs and faint hearts stumble, running scared when you come near?  Well my friend, perhaps it’s time you checked your socks and combed your hair and maybe, just maybe, started leaving the “Bear Stabbin’ Knife” at home.  Or heck, keep […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

A thin, bespectacled man approaches from the far corner of the bed, from behind the curtain.  He pauses, his eyes held steady to the buckles securing your legs to the mattress, to his will, as though seeking reassurance in restraints.  A hand drifts absentminded, to scratch the bridge of his […]

Weird Book of the Week

Weird Book of the Week

It turns out that all those flag-burning hippies really were Communists.  You were right McCarthy!  I’ve just discovered a remarkably troubling book, The Gravediggers by Phyllis Schlafly, that has left me scrambling to find a flag to wave.  Into the bomb-shelter!  Where’s my gas mask?  To arms, to arms!  The […]