2009 Living In Europe

in the rowsspring roses
May 23, 2014

A winemaker in Cornas tells us about bad years: “They are good for the vines. A year to rest.” In Burgundy they talk about cool years and warm years. Cool years are good for the Chardonnay, producing high acidity for the wines to age on. Warm years tend to be better for the Pinot. Every […]

June 27, 2009

Living in Paris was everything I’d expected it to be: exciting, indulgent, transcendent. I worked, I played, I ate. I lived my dream of living in Paris as a young man. I’m spending the summer in Port Orchard, a smallish town on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington state. Kitsap is a strange splotch of land […]

June 10, 2009

Short version: I asked. Long version: I was browsing in Shakespeare & Co when I recognized a flyer for a writing workshop as similar to what we did to advertise our Creative Cusp workshops. An email: Hi My Name Is Jon, I Teach Creative Writing, I’m Here In Paris, What Do You Think About Me […]

May 30, 2009

This is one of my favorite art museums in the world. I take an art museum hard. They overwhelm me. Paintings are not like books. In a bookstore you can ignore all the books except the three you’re looking for. The ideas in books need time to get their hooks into you, and if you […]

May 25, 2009

Riding the rails from Alsace to Burgundy: Green France under May showers and spotty sunshine. The woman next to me hums away. I’m reading Wikipedia articles I’ve saved about Beaune and the Cote de Or – the Cote de Or is part of the Rhone watershed instead of the Seine as I’d assumed. The old […]

May 6, 2009

So, uh… what the hell are you up to over there, dude? I find most podcasts difficult if not impossible to listen to. This one’s no different: It’s an eclectic mix. I took the ten albums I’ve been listening to most frequently and jammed together a collage of songs around some spoken word about life […]

May 1, 2009

(just an occasional ‘and’ to segment its burst into semi-discrete thoughts) …and I. M. Pei’s pyramids placing the 21st century in the old palace courtyard and Egypt those hieroglyphic triumphs of the desire to preserve informata and kitty-cat svelte is the dominant sexy and they oughta crank the heat in the Egyptian wing because check […]