Archive for August 2009

Six Months

We set up here on the porch six months ago today. Many words later, it’s still a nice place to relax and shoot the breeze. To mark the occasion, a brief summary: We’ve had 81,000 visitors making some 220,000 visits, looking at 6...

You’ve Got Mail. But Not For Long.

Claremont, CA. Tomato, the main character in Erika Lopez’s terrifically kooky Flaming Iguanas, loves the post office. She says, to be precise, that she has a “profound love for the United States Postal Service.” She laments that too few peo...

News From Nowhere

Alexandria, VA I’m late to this, but have been spending the last few weeks of the summer break gorging on episodes of David Simon’s acclaimed HBO series “The Wire.” It is a fiercely gritty, profane, violent, tough-mi...

Some Good Words

This fellow has some nice things to say about what we’ve been up to here on the porch. So let me return the favor and thank him, first, for noticing, and second, for his sense that something is afoot, or at least damned well ought to ...

Some Permanent Things

Devon, PA.  Here is a poem of mine that has just appeared in the poetry journal The Dark Horse and on Ernest Hilbert’s ever amusing daily dose of literature and kitsch, E-Verse Radio.  For those who cannot be alike savy to mass cultur...

Dreher, Cheney, the Law

Our fellow Porcher Rod Dreher says Dick Cheney is an outlaw. Of course he is right, after a certain manner of speaking, and I have no particular comment one way or the other on Cheney’s actions or subsequent apologies.  But I always w...

Our CSA

Gretel Kauffman, 15, who is gonna be ten times the writer her old man ever was, reports from the magnificent Porter Farms on thebatavian.com: http://www.thebatavian.com/tags/porter-farms.