{book} the colorless

When Tsukuru first hears Haida’s recording of Franz Liszt’s ‘Le mal du pays,’ from the Years of Pilgrimage suite ‘Year 1: Switzerland,” it is described as “a quiet, sorrowful piece that began with a slow, memorable theme played out as single notes, then proceeded into a series of tranquil variations” (68). Tsukuru asks Haida aboutContinue reading “{book} the colorless”

{book} a legacy, a man, a company of men, and Ntozake Shange

Day Twenty-Nine: Ellington Was Not a Street Written by Ntozake Shange Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Simon & Schuster for Young Readers [text: 1983] 2004 The narrative of Ellington Was Not a Street comes from Ntozake Shange’s poem “Mood Indigo” (from A Daughter’s Geography, 1983). The poem, excerpted for the picture book, is a reflection of and tribute toContinue reading “{book} a legacy, a man, a company of men, and Ntozake Shange”

{comic} days like these

Days Like This Written by J. Torres Illus. by Scott Chandler Oni Press, 2003. I slipped this one off the Library shelf, my eye caught by a cover with three young black women on it. 1960s isn’t a fascination for me as a general rule, music included, but I was curious. That it is J.Continue reading “{comic} days like these”

{comic} Page by Paige

Natalya had been acting more peculiar than usual. I figured it was the lingering effects of David Almond’s My Name is Mina which inspired all sorts of strange yet creative behavior. After finally getting to Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge, a comic I had picked up at the Library and N had readContinue reading “{comic} Page by Paige”

{film} broken hill

…and an absence of glamour. A gifted teenage composer (Tommy), dreams of being accepted into the famous Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Unfortunately, a good band is hard to find in the middle of Outback Australia – until a strange incident involving flying watermelons leads him to a group of talented prison inmates. ~published summary byContinue reading “{film} broken hill”


been playing a lot of Adele this week. Natalya used a iTunes card and purchased two favorites “Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You” from 21. “Cold Shoulder” (ADELE) has been stuck in my head. It has a great video.

call of the wild

“boys like Peter are not afraid of Wolves”…they are wolves. Peter & the Wolf (2006): set in Russia, based on Sergei Prokofiev’s story, is a short Polish-British-Norwegian model animation film. Written and directed by Suzie Templeton, it was made in Se-ma-for Studios in Łódź, Poland. This film won the 2007 Academy Award for Short FilmContinue reading “call of the wild”

this song is for you

a little wanting song by Cath Crowley I read the U.S. Printing: Knopf, 2010. 265 pages. Novel was first published in Australia in 2005 by Macmillan with the title Chasing Charlie Duskin. A Little Wanting Song It’s just a little wanting song It won’t go on for all that long Just long enough to sayContinue reading “this song is for you”

at home with Sigur Rós

[tagline:] Heima. A tribute to the people and places that make up ‘home.’ Heima You know that feeling of home? That combined feeling of belonging and riling to grow beyond it. For those of us gypsy, home is not a feeling tied to only one place, rather we know home from people, atmospheres, or certainContinue reading “at home with Sigur Rós”