Things You Didn’t Know

18 Feb

I’m going to risk looking foolish with the perilous assertion that there are some things you don’t know (which are worth knowing)that I know. Ah, but then what is a well-lived life that does not jeopardize one’s hard acquired and cherished coin of credence?

Untitled (Girl Covered in Grass) Ezven Sobek

Untitled (Girl Covered in Grass) Ezven Sobek

Untitled (Men with Guns) by Ezven Sobek

Untitled (Men with Guns) by Ezven Sobek

It’s probable that you are unaware of writer Brian Doyle—ensconced some distance from major centers of ambition, Doyle besides occupying his daylight hours as the editor of Portland Magazine has authored over a dozen books—of which Mink River (Oregon University Press), his most recent novel and Bin Laden’s Bald Spot (Red Hen Press). Doyle has taken up weekly residence at The American Scholar’s website. Introducing himself, Doyle asserts

He’s riveted by the way people tell and speak and sing their stories, and he thinks that often the very best pieces of writing are the ones where the writer leaps out of the way of a story as it passes from teller to listener.s riveted by the way people tell and speak and sing their stories, and he thinks that often the very best pieces of writing are the ones where the writer leaps out of the way of a story as it passes from teller to listener.

Bin Laden's Bald Spot by Brian Doyle

Bin Laden’s Bald Spot by Brian Doyle

Twenty-two year old Jennifer Lawrence already has a substantial body of work and is currently riding a wave of adulation for her performance in what I find to be an Oscar nominated undistinguished film. Among other projects for which she has been reportedly slated is the lead in Serena, the movie being made from Ron Rash’s best selling novel. Prior to her Hunger Games celebrity,Lawrence appeared in a number of small films, The Burning Plain, the heart rending Like Crazy and her bravura performance in Winter’s Bone with the protean Mr John Hawkes—a film that may contain the best performance of her life.

Did you know that Pittsburgh is the 4th most literate city in the USA?

I recently noticed an auto commercial where the salesman has a dog as a prospective buyer and, of course, is hustling the hound to make a sale. I don’t where in the arc of a trend this falls but apparently Subaru has been working this theme diligently having created an octet of advertisements linking dogs and autos. And if that isn’t sufficiently cute, British photographer Martin Usborne hasa new monograph The Silence of Dogs in Cars(Kehrer Verlag),Uzburn opines, “that the project is, sort of a metaphor for how we silence animals in our lives, including, our own animal natures.”

Shep by Martin Uzborne

Shep by Martin Uzborne

Speaking of the superlative and inimitable John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, The Sessions), I recently discovered him in Miranda July’s first film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, a charming narrative, whose subplots dovetail in resolving themselves in pleasantly surprising ways

The real world tournament, World Baseball Classic, begins its Second Round (Modified Double Elimination) in Tokyo and Miami March 8 through the March 16 culminating in the Championship round single elimination) in San Francisco beginning March 16. The competition includes the usual baseball playing nations and Italy, the Netherlands,Spain,Israel and theCzech Republic.

Talk about arcane knowledge I chanced to read an article described a new product filling in a burgeoning niche in the American marketplace—Wisk Deep Clean a solution to the growing invisible stain crisis.

From a faux documentary about invisible stains

From a faux documentary about invisible stains


Currently reading Benediction by Kent Harouf (Knopf)

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