Monthly Archives: September 2011

Watch Your Neck

Like most men, I too have come to the point in my life when I am shopping for silk cloth with the ladies at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, then scheduling an afternoon to cut said cloth into strips. Why? … Continue reading

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Seasons on Earth

Meg Baird’s gorgeous new album, Seasons on Earth, is now streaming in its entirety on the NPR website.

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Mr. Toad Goes to the Mountain

Today I went on a seed and cutting excursion with my friends Joel and Mandy, who work at Bartram’s Garden. I went to gather some cuttings of Mountain Ash (Sorbus americanum) for my friend David, who is a research associate … Continue reading

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Notes of a Gentleman Trespasser

This summer, I’ve had the privilege of joining an illustrious group of scientists and historians on their re-explorations of historical estates in and around Philadelphia, of which there are many. Some of these places we have explored exist beyond the … Continue reading

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Anselm Kiefer

I’m looking forward to seeing Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, a film about the personal universe that Anselm Kiefer has built in the South of France. Below is an excerpt from the official spiel:In 1993 Kiefer left Buchen, Germany … Continue reading

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The Kent Wang Treatment Continues

Regular visitors to this site may recall the wares of Kent Wang, who so generously sent along a selection of items for me to share with you. I was particularly taken with the marvelous red gingham shirt and its perfect … Continue reading

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Autumn Leaves

Pictured to the left are two recent examples of the endless riches that my crackpot book has brought into my life over the years. Both of these books showed up on my doorstep out of the blue this month, courtesy … Continue reading

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Authenticity is Bunk

It’s surprising how many people are still mired in a Nineteenth-Century, Anglo-Saxon mindset when it comes to the idea of authenticity. I’m often made keenly aware of this because of my pen name, which implies a persona, a construction: artifice. … Continue reading

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Fungus Season is Here

After having the rainiest month on record here in the Mid-Atlantic, the fungi are exploding from the lawns, meadows, and forest floors. This week, I’ve even had acquaintances visit my house to have me identify their mushroom samples: they turned … Continue reading

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