Monthly Archives: May 2016

What’s New for the 29th of May: Cuban and Icelandic music, new wave comics, Arthur Rackham, YA from Kage Baker and some other things as well…

‘I’m different and I’m happy,’ Calvin said. ‘But you pretend that you aren’t different.’ ‘I’m different and I like being different.’ Calvin’s voice was unnaturally loud. ‘Maybe I don’t like being different,’ Meg said, ‘But I don’t want to be like everybody else, either.’ — Madeleine L’Engle’s A … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Danse Macabre (A Letter to Anna)

Greetings Anna, You’ll be tickled to know that Jack is putting back together the medieval music group called Danse Macabre that he had here well over twenty years ago. Of course, there’ll be new musos including my wife, Catherine, joining … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 22nd of May: Billy Pigg, Border piping, Whiskey, A Children’s Literature Tour of Great Britain, Crow Girls, a trilogy from Jane Yolen, Northumbrian music surveyed, Moroccan Folktales, Kathryn Tickell plays for us and other interesting goodies…

“Well,’ the Goddess said, ‘your heart didn’t heal straight the last time it broke. So we’ll break it again and reset it so it heals straight this time.” —  Jane Yolen’s  The Books of Great Alta I see you found me … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Reading Groups (A Letter to Anna)

Dear Anna, When you were here over the Fall you asked me how reading groups got started here. As we were headed out for a contradance with your partner and me with my wife, I forgot until now. And when … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 15th of May: A bevy of Singer-Songwriters, Cajun music, Mike Carey’s The Furies, Alan Moore’s Exit Interview, Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales annotated and some other neat things…

Science fiction is ultimately cut and dried and explains everything in the end, but pure fantasy generally doesn’t explain enough. — Roger Zelazny, in his introduction to Steven Brust’s To Reign in Hell . That’s Béla, our resident Hungarian musician, up there on the … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Gutmansdottir and The Wild Wood

Gutmansdottir was her family name and the only name she went by. She said she was a botanist and was interested in studying our Wild Wood, the area of the Estate that’s  virtually unchanged for over a thousand-years, if not a … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 8th of May: Joni Mitchell sings of Coyote, Corridos from the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands, Tex-Mex Celtic music (!), live music from Calexico, R. Carlos Nakai, a bevy of novels set in the desert Southwest USA and other things for your consideration…

What draws a Green Man into the desert? Melodies, bones, and ghosts, I’d say. We go on these pilgrimages from time to time, searching for our heart’s home, and often it’s the border country of the American West that calls. … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Waltzing Matilda

Her full name was Matilda Anna Grace O’Reilly. Her friends called her Maddie, but many knew her simply as a fiddler named Waltzing Matilda. Her passion was waltzes, both playing existing ones and composing new ones. Her tale is like so … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 1st of May: two French folk songs for your listening pleasure, the most pagan of rock albums, three books on folk dance by Alison Thompson and other matters…

The artist deals in what cannot be said in words. The artist whose medium is fiction does this in words. The novelist says in words what cannot be said in words. — Ursula Le Guin in her introduction to The Left Hand of … Continue reading

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