Sunday, April 28, 2013

... a weekend reading chapters of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin. It was a book prize back in 1975 ("a good term's English") but I'm not sure I ever read it at the time.

Now, I approach it via Robert Duncan. Did he read and/or know le Guin (no mention in the Jarnot biog.)? Yet the Berkeley connections are suggestive: Duncan's shared house with Philip K. Dick; le Guin and Dick graduated together and corresponded ...

Back in 1975 it would never have occurred to me that le Guin might be using the fantasy genre to explore ideas of poetry and Craft - Ged as a Duncan-style Magus travelling between the shattered islands of Jungian self-making, pursued and pursuing a Shadow of his own creation. Today, the possibility seems near certain. (And what about that cover?)

Anyone out there able to put more flesh on the bones?

Did I hear correctly Clemency Burton-Hill lead into Stravinsky's Orpheus by stating there were several "gigs" in the past she wishes she'd been able to attend?

"Gigs" - meaning the first performance back in 1928. (I suppose The Rite of Spring was another such 'gig' for Clemency - and well wicked at that).

Oh God. This on BBC Radio 3. Is nowhere safe?

Thursday, April 18, 2013











(result of afternoon meeting)





Wednesday, April 17, 2013



That trite & tawdry phrase: putting the 'great' back in Great Britain.

It grates, indeed.


Thinking back to Zappa's last days & the chilling line from the Broadway tour: "when the lie is so big".

How to live & think & breathe when the cracks themselves are plastered over?


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

pwoermd / jhuth

jhuth (n/adj)

1. The superficial parts of the head superstitiously venerated. 2. Moisture on the second syllable. 3a. The sound of feet coming off the ground. 3b. The angle which measures this. 4. Also, of, pertaining to, or situated in broth. 




dedicated to all those dissenting voices still audible in the (so-called) United Kingdom





Last week at the Metropolitan Museum (Classical Art collection):

E: So why do all those archaeologist people go digging in Greece and that when they could find it all here?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013




(alternatively ...


... how Blogger resists the pwoermd ... )

Will begin another spring. No one gets many, one at a time, like a long-
Awaited letter that one day comes. But it may not say what you hoped
Or distraction robs it of what it once would have meant ...

(Hymn to Life, James Schuyler)

Lines that acquire all the more resonance given the belated Spring here & that last week, for us, in Washington the blossom was delayed. Timing is all.



pwoermd / iglhuth

iglhuth (n/v)

1. To cause to snow. 2. The so-and-so snow. 3. The pronunciation of snow. 4. The spontaneous combustion of snow. 5. Supposing that snow. 6. Given or granted that snow. 7. A mere hypothesis of snow. 8. The light seen hovering over snow. 9. The i belonging snow. 10. If a thing is, be, or were not snow. 11. An engine producing snow. 12. The quality of being snow. 13. Also, sometimes, snow. 

Friday, April 12, 2013

pwoermds / enthuth / frhuth / glhuth

enthuth (v)

1. To take a vowel in hand. 2. To intestine desire. 3. To breathe a god. 

frhuth (n)

1. Of things a fold. 2. Of shape a crease. 3. e.g. enjoyment moistens the pistil. 4. (For moss see cryptogram.)

glhuth (n/v)

1. Any member of a group of buttocks. 2. Resembling or of the nature of chaff-like bracts. 3. A pot in which these words jelly. 4. To fix a gloat. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Putting pwoermds to one side for today, here's a quick plug for the Birch Cafe which is right next door to The Gershwin Hotel in New York. Just before leaving for the airport, we had something to eat there & their tahini-based salad dressing was a revelation.

Back home, I have been experimenting & can share with Blog readers the fruits of my research. Here goes:

In a small bowl:

One or two spoonfuls of tahini (basically a sesame seed paste - I found mine in the Israeli section of Carrefour's exotic foods but health food shops stock it usually)
Juice of half/ whole lemon
Minced garlic
A tea spoon of soy sauce (depending on taste)
Add a little water for the consistency you desire (I like it still fairly thick)

Mix well with a fork

Then spoon (it doesn't really drizzle) on to a salad until everything is coated. (They added in some crumbled walnuts & thinly sliced apple - a nice touch. Recommended).


Bring a little New York into your life ... 





pwoermd / dedhuth

dedhuth (n)

1. The ancient manner of lying flat on the surface covered with a depth of mud where the silence is most intense. 2. The form of words in which this is done. 3. Pertaining to the day for the shedding of teeth. 4. Name of the letter D (or loop used).





Just watching the footage on Belgian television of a helicopter circling overhead, troops deployed in the streets, festoons of barbed wire, ...