Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Prices are "Fall-In" This Fall

Taken at the Antique Market in Mt Pleasant, SC.... In Winter.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Excerpt from Survivor's Ball


"What kind of convention is this?" Jasper said as Sarena said, "You're American, aren't you, Mr. Donner?"
"Yes," he said. He looked at them, his eyes lingering on Serena's forehead. "First thing, why don't you go freshen up? We've put you upstairs in Room 43. The key is in the door," he said almost apologetically, giving them a photocopied sheet of directions. "I'm afraid the hotel is a bit of a maze. Just keep turning left when you up the stairs. Try not to get lost."


"Some of use have come from very far away," Mr. Donner said. "We meet every year. We clebrate the triumph of the human spirit in situations of great adversity. We are all travelers, survivors of adventures, calamitous expeditions, of tragedies. We are widows and orphans, the survivors of marriages and shipwrecks. This is the 143rd Survivor's Ball."

----From Survivor's Ball, or The Donner Party, short story by Kelly Link, published in the collection stranger things happen

Home Is Where the 43 Is

My hallway.

Friday, January 12, 2007

RIP: Robert Anton Wilson

This is a sad, sad day for number freaks everywhere. Especially me.


'This time around, it appears that Mr. Wilson has actually left corporeality, appropriately on 1/11 (at 4:50 am – you hardcore number freaks can get to work on the meaning of that one… I do see a five in there!).

'For this cosmic cub scout, Bob Wilson was the motherload. Books like The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Cosmic Trigger, and Coincidance killed most of what little dogmatism I had left in me, and opened me up to a world of possibilities as large as space travel and as small as quantum physics. He also had a razor sharp wit that he skillfully aimed at those who abuse power and wealth. And he was a delightful story teller, whose love of language was evidenced not only by his own novels, but by his ability to quote virtually everything James Joyce and Ezra Pound ever wrote . . . backwards, while explaining what evolutionary level of primate behavior the author was elucidating.

'I had the great pleasure to know Robert Anton Wilson and our intersections were sometimes strange – his Mondo 2000 check hadn't arrived; or I weirded him out by kneeling down before him like he was the pope and kissing his ring (I thought it was funny.) I also have great memories of sitting with him while he expounded expansively on everything from the rights of the Irish to the genius of Orson Welles. Over the past several years, as his polio returned, and as death started to hover nearby, Wilson sent out funny email messages of the "not dead yet" variety to those of us on his mailing list. There was never a trace of self-pity in any of his messages.' (10 Zen Monkeys article).


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: An Excerpt

"Oh, it is a little confusing at first, like most things," said Strange, "but having now experienced many of the adventures a war affords, I grow used to it. I have been robbed -- once. I have been shot at -- once. Once I found a Frenchman in the kitchen and had to chase him out, and once the house I was sleeping in was set on fire."
"By the French?" inquired General Stewart.
"No, no. By the English. There was a company of the 43rd who were apparently very cold that night and so they set fire to the house to warm themselves."

--Taken from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Christmas Trip to Maine

Boise State VS Oklahoma

So of course I root for anything from Idaho (the infamous 43rd state), and in a stunning, spectacular, beautiful game, Boise State managed to hold everyone on their seats as they beat Oklahoma with a final overtime scores of - yep, you guessed it - 43 to 42. Happy New Year!

For all you Douglas Adams fans out there, this just another example of how 43 really is better than 42.