Monthly Archives: July 2016

What’s New for the 31st of July: Yonder Mountain String Band live, Matt Wagner’s Grendel, Doctor Who’s The Talons of Weng Chiang, a Memorial Concert for Johnny Cunningham, YA by Heinlein, Lady Raglan on Green Men and other matters

It is a man’s face, with oak laves growing from the mouth and ears, and completely encircling the head. Mr. Griffith suggested that it was intended to symbolize the spirit of inspiration, but it seemed to me certain that it … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate Story: Turkish Coffee

Coffee should be as black as hell, as strong as death, andas sweet as love. — Old Turkish saying We’ve been playing backgammon to escape the heat of the summer, gathered round small tables at the Green Man Pub, or … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 24th of July: Two Batman graphic novels, Terri Windling on hedgehogs, fiction from Hannu Rajaniemi, fantastic Victoriana, 10,000 Maniacs live, Balinese gamelan, and some other things as well…

My grandmother didn’t teach me Appalachian ballads on our back porch and I had no banjo-strummin’ pappy to sing to me in the cradle. I didn’t attend tent revivals. I never saw or heard a chain gang, or worked in … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Blackberry Cobbler

Whisht! Hush now, will you, shhhh! Quick, over here, let’s go in the hallway under the window … outside the kitchen! Oh, dear me, that’s better! Have a seat, Miss Denise seems to be elsewhere, this is her favorite place … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 17th of July: four American baseball films, an opera by John Gay, live music from from Mavis Staples, dim sum in Hong Kong, Middle-Earth maps and much more!

To the people who insist they really do have a great idea but they just can’t write, I’d say that given some of the books I’ve read, or at least started to read, it would appear that not being able … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: Breakfast for the Neverending Seesion players 

Oatmeal drizzled with cream, fat pork sausages sizzling with fat, eggs both simple and fancy, bread thick with butter and strawberry jam, scones with clotted cream, calves liver, bacon, lobscouse, crispbreads, tea, coffee, Turkish coffee… At some point you stop … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 10th of July: Byrds live, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, Conan the Barbarian, Indonesian Pop, Elizabeth Bear reads us a story, a history of ice cream and other tasty matters…

Some stories are literally true; some of them are figuratively true; some of them are wrong. That’s the nature of stories, isn’t it? They show us all the highlights of the world, but they never leave us certain we can … Continue reading

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A Story Abroad: Travel in Tea Country

I and many others here never developed a taste for coffee, though the younger Estate staff live on it, as the The Steward notes at budget meetings — it’s not cheap to get good beans roasted well. We solved that problem … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 3rd of July: Reece’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, SF from Lavie Tidhar and Warren Ellis, de Lint has a song for a us, a Charles Vess gallery in a book and other goodies as well!

She is our moon. Our tidal pull. She is the rich deep beneath the sea, the buried treasure, the expression in the owl’s eye, the perfume in the wild rose. She is what the water says when it moves. ― … Continue reading

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