Upon a Dying Lady – W.B. Yeats

I am on vacation and I promised myself I would get reacquainted with poetry and W.B. Yeats in particular. I’d like to share an explication of his collection of poems entitled “Upon a Dying Lady.” UPON A DYING LADY   I   HER COURTESY   WITH the old kindness, the old distinguished grace She lies,…

Jonathan Franzen on Karl Kraus

Jonathan Franzen, unafraid to post his own unpopular opinions, wants to bring light to Karl Kraus – a “fin de siècle” thinker, who was also wrote challenging, abrasive opinions about culture and was read by many prominent thinkers at the time. Both writers reflect my own growing fear about modern culture, especially the dark side…

Byrne/Eno, George R.R. Martin

I listened to David Byrne and Brian Eno’s latest album, “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.” I’ve listened to it once, and I like it. After listening to too much falsetto, breathy and otherwise affected voices that the critics laud today (Bon Iver, TV on the Radio, etc.), it’s nice to hear Byrne, well, sing.…

2009

Huh. They haven’t shut my “blog” down. I guess I’ll post. I was reading “The Best of the A.V. Club 2008,” and laughed, again, at their interview with their most famous commentator, ZODIAC MOTHERFUCKER concerning a taste test of a potato chip. There’s a couple of things that makes me laugh and value this. One,…

D&D Insider

Looks like WOTC might have finally stepped up in terms of its PC offerings. Boing Boing gadgets has some screenshots of this program which will allow you to play D&D 4.0 tabletop over the net with your friends. Sure, other, third-party programs have allowed you to do this before, but they’ve been hard to configure…