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Piano: Erik Satie, Pièces froides No. 2 “Danses de travers” No. 1 and No. 2

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March 27, 2019

The three Danses de travers (Crossed-up dances), which make up the second series of Erik Satie’s Pièces froides (Cold Pieces), are some of my all-time favorites for piano, haunting and beautiful.  I recorded these, the first two out of the three, at home back in December of 2016, on a Tascam recorder with a couple of… Read More ›

2019 Watch List

Movies Häxan (1922) Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017) The Sixth Sense (1999) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) Breaking2 (National Geographic Documentary Special, 2017) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)   TV    

2019 Reading List

A list of 2019’s reading: Fiction Oscar Wilde. “The Canterville Ghost“ W. B. Yeats.  Rosa Alchemica Ottessa Moshfegh.  Homesick for Another World: Stories   Graphic Novels Shigeru Mizuki.  Kitaro   Young Adult Fiction Lois Lowry.  Gathering Blue (Giver #2) Lois Lowry.  Messenger (Giver #3) Lois Lowry.  Son (Giver #4)   Nonfiction Hernando de Soto.  The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism… Read More ›

2018 Reading List

A list of 2018’s reading: Fiction Steven Erikson.  Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen #1) [re-read] Naomi Alderman.  The Power Doris Betts.  Beasts of the Southern Wild and Other Stories Georges Simenon.  Pedigree Michael Crichton.  Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park #1) Luis Alberto Urrea.  The House of Broken Angels Michael Crichton.  The Lost World… Read More ›

Research Reading

[Waiting Underground] 2017–> Michael J. Everhart.  Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea.  Second Edition.  Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2017. pp.1-4.  One Day in the Life of a Mosasaur Mosasaur, aquatic mammal Ginsu shark Pliosaur Seas of the Late Cretaceous no polar ice Rex C. Buchanan and James R. McCauley…. Read More ›

Brahms, 4 Ballades Op.10 No.3. Oh, and RimWorld

After hunting around for a while for a piano piece that suits my current abilities and tastes, I decided I’ll learn this Brahms piece next.  Finally, after an unreasonably long initial struggle, I’ve found the finish line on Claude Debussy’s La fille aux cheveux de lin.  Learning that piece was much more difficult than I expected,… Read More ›

2017 Reading List

A mostly complete list of 2017’s reading: Fiction J. M. Coetzee.  Waiting for the Barbarians Lena Andersson.  Willful Disregard J. M. Coetzee.  Life & Times of Michael K J. M. Coetzee.  The Childhood of Jesus László Krasznahorkai.  Satantango Kenzaburō Ōe.  The Silent Cry Hilary Mantel.  Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, 1) Glen Cook.  The Black Company… Read More ›

2016 Reading List

A mostly complete list of 2016’s reading: Fiction Henry James.  The Turn of the Screw J. M. Coetzee.  Disgrace J. M. Coetzee.  Age of Iron Cormac McCarthy.  The Road Tom Wolfe.  The Bonfire of the Vanities Peter Straub.  Shadowland Stephen King.  ‘Salem’s Lot   Young Adult Fiction Jack London.  White Fang Jack London.  The Call… Read More ›

2015 Reading List

A mostly complete list of 2015’s finished reading: Fiction Don DeLillo.  White Noise Steven Erikson. House of Chains (Malazan Book of the Fallen #4) J. D. Salinger.  Franny and Zooey (reread) Honoré de Balzac.  “Another Study of Womankind” Mikhail Bulgakov.  The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov.  Heart of a Dog Santiago Gamboa. Necropolis Thomas Mann…. Read More ›

2014 Reading List (Partial)

A partial list of 2014’s finished reading. Fiction P. D. James.  Death of an Expert Witness Donna Tartt.  The Goldfinch Donna Tartt.  The Little Friend Donna Tartt.  The Secret History Alice Munro.  The Moons of Jupiter Howard Jacobson.  J Phil Klay.  Redeployment Roy Scranton and Matt Gallagher, editors.  Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the… Read More ›

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