Other cool old-timey terms from 1650s England: Gerrard Winstanley of the Diggers coined the salutation, "fellow creature," which was later adopted by the Ranters. A nice way to hail someone!

Old-timey word delight. William Erbery, a radical preacher during the English Revolution, speaks of being "bewildernessed." I love it as a term.

In these days where words are just tossed off into a digital void, I think I want my creative writing students to craft an illuminated manuscript of one of their works.

Rusty boosted

Rainy and humid as hell Saturday morning = freshly ground coffee and João Gilberto playing his bossa nova hits on an acoustic guitar...

"A book should be made like a watch and sold like a sausage."
-- Oliverio Girondo, a mid-20th-century Argentine poet

Watching the stream of Juan Atkins's set right now, part of the digital replacement for the cancelled Movement Electronic Music Festival. Some classic Detroit techno sounds: twitch.tv/paxahau

It's funny to see which musical artists the guinea pigs are hypnotized by. It's eclectic. As of right now, they really dig A Tribe Called Quest, Patsy Cline, & Los Cadetes de Linares.

"anywhere, America, just going,
you know?"
-- Luis Alberto Urrea, "Road Song 19," Tijuana Book of the Dead

"What is explained can be denied, but what is felt cannot be forgotten."
-- Charles Bowden, "Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America"

Squirrels are pretty awesome critters.

I finished Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing. Haunting as hell:

"The world has no name, he said. The names of the cerros and the sierras and the deserts exist only on maps. We name them that we do not lose our way. Yet it was because the way was lost to us already that we have made those names. The world cannot be lost. We are the ones. And it is because these names and these coordinates are our own naming that they cannot save us."

The amount of tabs I have open = the amount I've lost track of what I'm doing.

Food thoughts 

The tortilla is the perfect food delivery mechanism. Sheer Mesoamerican genius.

Cool book dedication 

Started reading Charles Bowden's "El Desierto: Memories of the Future" & he dedicates it to a old buddy & the wording is amazing:

"For Edward Abbey
But I doubt it"

First morning it's cool enough to wear flannel. I'm beyond excited.

Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing 

The protagonist Billy Parham comes across a Mormon colony in Sonora abandoned by all but one man, a deranged philosopher-king. A snippet from the bewitching tale he tells Billy of a lost soul: "He had no faith in the power of men to act wisely on their own behalf. It was his view rather that every act soon eluded the grasp of its propagator to be swept away in a clamorous tide of unforeseen consequence."

Reading Cormac McCarthy's The Crossing & came upon a kickass word: miswandered.

Norteño/conjunto music never fails to put me a wicked good mood. That accordion sound is a soul-balm.

regional sodas 

God bless sodas that still have largely regional concentrations. In these parts, some of my favorites include:
1. Cheerwine, a Salisbury, NC cherry-flavored concoction.
2. Blenheim's, a Hamer, SC, ginger beer with lots of pep
3. Ale-8-One, a Winchester, KY, gingery-like brew
4. Dr. Enuf, a Johnson City, TN lime-&-sugar soda.

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