My Blog Week: Oct 1 to Oct 7

Yesterday, I posted a new video on my YouTube channel, a tune with a dance beat, and images from the blog.   My Blog Week: October 1 to October 7   This week, A Figure from the Common Lot debuted. Honoré Gremot arrives on the scene, and his misadventures begin. I posted the first installment […]

On Taste: You and Your Peers

My Curious Reading presents: On Taste: You and Your Peers (one)     The commonly received picture of very tasteful décor, or fashion, is monotonality, lack of pattern and trim; also, the color must be muted, neutral—with few exceptions, pale. White rooms, their occupants dressed in black…the classic mental picture of an art gallery exhibit. […]

My Curious Reading presents: On Taste

An appeal to the senses.   You, yourself Taste can be understood both as a system of aesthetics, and a guideline to propriety. As to what might be labeled presentation—all things seen and owned—taste has two aspects: preference, and received perception. That is: what do you simply like, as opposed to what your peer group […]

Crafting Poetry: Dissonance

Crafting Poetry: Dissonance Dissonance can be a poet’s carefully deployed tool. We can achieve dissonance on the page, a visual effect, or—if the poem is read aloud—stage direction, using line drops, font shifts (large to small, bold to italic, black to barely legible), ambiguous punctuation, words abutted against other words, deliberate misspellings, puns. And the […]

Safety First: Adventures in Research

  Safety First   From the Nottingham Evening Post, Wednesday 18 October, 1950, “Bomb Head Find”. Workers in Nottingham discovered an unexploded WWII bomb, one fitting neighborhood recollections as having failed to go off during an air-raid. The workers winched it up, and putting the question to the test, extracted material from the head, then […]

“To One in Paradise”: Inimical chapter nine

To One in Paradise   One of the books I’ve saved from my childhood, through many years, is a collection of short stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe. (Never mind why the macabre was the first genre I attached to). What I consider Poe’s great talent, and what makes him worth studying, is that […]

Friends, Stop By and Meet Torsade!

  Hello! Friends, Stop By and Meet Torsade!   Lots of great changes on my site, formerly Stephanie’s Blog. Little surprises (good ones!) hidden behind pics, and lots of good reading! My posts are a showcase for whatever writing I’m interested in, and rough-drafting at the time, and for my artwork. My pages are where I […]

The Grand Old Party: Adventures in Research

The Grand Old Party   From the NYT September 29, 1880 “Grand Rally at Warren” General Ulysses S. Grant, a man of many scandals, was no longer President of the U.S. (as of March, 1877), but continued as a party campaigner. On behalf of Republican candidate James A. Garfield, he gave a speech in Warren, Ohio. In […]

A Book Report from the Zero Income Front

  My impression is that, when the average browsing consumer considers the self-published novel, quality is not her concern. By this I mean the question of whether she expects to find quality. We might (it’s been done) correlate types of publishing to shopping venues—take brick and mortar stores as the equivalent of traditional presses and […]

The Insular I: a poem’s point of view

  The Insular I   People don’t like poetry. That, of course, is not universally true. True enough, though, that a lot of poetry you read (or glance over) launches like the voice of someone you’re stuck with in an elevator. I write poetry, and I too get that twisty feeling when I’m afraid of […]