Category: Writing

  • Buena Vista Projects

    Buena Vista Projects

    John Salhus, staff member of Parma Conservation and lead conservator of paint at the Kohler Foundation’s multi-year restoration at Pasaquan, found himself spending over a year in rural Georgia with a fair amount of free time on his hands. Inspired by the spirit of St. EOM, John began to parallel the restoration work he was performing…

  • Driving through western Georgia

    Driving through western Georgia

    Our visit to St. EOM’s Pasaquan was by car, and we had the opportunity to take a brief but fascinating tour through some of the sights in this lovely part of the deep South. We arrived from Alabama, coming east through Columbus, Georgia, and passing by Fort Benning before arriving at Buena Vista (locally pronounced “BYOO-nah vista”) itself — the town…

  • Books 2013

    Only one nonfiction book in this very random collection, but it tops the list in its insight and importance. From the best to the least best: Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future? George Saunders, Tenth of December Teju Cole, Open City Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge AM Homes, May We Be Forgiven Leavitt, Two Hotel Francforts…

  • Books about popular music

    For whatever reason in the past couple of years I’ve been doing a lot of reading about popular music. Here are a few report cards, in ascending order: This must be the place: the adventures of Talking Heads in the 20th century : David Bowman C– I’ll sleep when I’m dead: the dirty life and…

  • Hitch-22 : Christopher Hitchens

    Further proof that erudition does not equal intelligence. Despite a moving account of his youth, the book devolves into an extended rationalization of Hitchens’s approval of the Iraq invasion by his adopted country, the United States. That and the book’s meaningless, arbitrary title undermine its narrative and its pretension to intellectual rigor, by unfairly borrowing…

  • Neologisms

    The “Keeping Our Word” campaign from Eagle Asset Management, now offline, looked suspiciously (and coincidentally, I’m sure) like my “Neologisms” ads for Deloitte & Touche of nine years ago. I have to admit I’m a sucker for invented words, so I admire Eagle’s approach which consists of these new coinages: perfonomy — the addition of…