As an Australian with ancestors in the Netherlands and British Isles, my family, my friends and I are firmly rooted in a cultural entity commonly known as “the west.” This definition generally refers to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States and countries in western Europe. While not all my friends and family are entirely… Continue reading The United States Is Not A Western Country. Here’s Why.
Madison Park Beach, 11 a.m., Last Friday It’s the first properly warm day of the year in Seattle and, at Madison Park Beach, housewives who have been cooped up inside with small children for eight months or more are relishing the chance to soak in the sun. Their children are shrieking and roaming — though… Continue reading A Postcard From Coronavirus-Stricken Seattle
Recently, I had a spooky experience. H and I were enjoying some spring sunshine on a beach in the Pacific Northwest and building an intricate sandcastle complex, complete with a working moat and a Mayan-style pyramid. At one point we got up to find the twigs, stones, shells and seaweed that would adorn the construction,… Continue reading Consider the Crow
One aspect of normal life that I didn’t expect to miss was live music, so here we go on a tour of some favourite venues and memories from the last couple of years. Also: Your local musicians and artists are struggling right now — if you live in the Pacific Northwest you can support local… Continue reading A Memory Tour Through Seattle’s Live Music Scene
Hi all, I hope you’re doing well during a period that many news organisations insist on referring to as “these uncertain times.” I know a lot of us are struggling right now with medical problems, lost work, unemployment benefits bureaucracies, anxiety about family and friends we can’t physically hang out with any more and all… Continue reading Reasons for Hope Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic
No country is more obsessed with statistics than the United States. Just take a look at their two most popular sports: baseball and American football. To watch either of them on television is to track seven or eight different scorecards at the same time — how many points each team has, how many yards until… Continue reading A Review of Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72”
In the last post, I offered an (admittedly dramatic) introduction to a new series designed to help us find good information and recognise bad information in this U.S. election year. I think it’s helpful to think of information like food: we are lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of both. However, some of it… Continue reading How Social Media Works
Well, the experiment with posting something every week lasted about eight weeks. But I do have something that I hope will make up for it: an excerpt from (still tentatively titled) The Guest! A few months back a small online literary magazine that appears to be based in Britain (though they didn’t correct my American… Continue reading Book Report