Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run…

Probably my favorite Air song. And for me, that’s saying a lot.


Holy girl
Don’t get up
For running

Stay with me
I feel sad
When you run

Sands of time
Are lying
On my chest

Stay in bed
I feel sad
When you run

Stay like this
On the hills
Of my chest

Don’t wake up
I feel strange
When you go

Stop the night
Hold me tight
Holy girl

Don’t stand up
I feel strange
When you go

Race for the Prize

I wish all of you were with me right here and now. The trees in my backyard are being visited by flocks of birds—hundreds of dark squawking birds, moving in through the dusky sky, landing in my trees, and resting a bit. They’re so quiet until one calls out an “awk-awk-awk” and they rustle themselves up, shaking a buckeye rain loose as they fly away in swooping patterns.

Awestruck wonder! Very similar to one of the most joyous moments of my life: being drowned in confetti as this beautiful song raged on all around me. On three separate occasions.

Instinct, drive, and the “Race for the Prize” by The Flaming Lips:

Flash Fiction

From a discussion on flash fiction:

“So Rebecca, how do you handle adverbs?”



Great day out at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Being scholars.

Me, Ricky Collins, Dan Ludington

Me & my best Turkish friend Yasir Yilmaz

Trying to catch my ghost in a shop window on the way to lunch.

Stacks and stacks of books everywhere, the ones in the middle are from the early 1800s

And Hrvatski/Croatian/Kroatien was (somewhat) handled as well. I believe the title is:

On the Origin of Croatian Books: Discussions about Croatian Glagolitic Script in the Middle Ages

Do You Really Want This Man Running The Country?

Joe the Plumber

“Hits” of 1974, Vol. II

Looks like I’m gonna have to discontinue this promising category of posts after just two volumes because everything that could follow would be simply anticlimactic. Here’s the 1974 Eurovision winner, ABBA’s “Waterloo”:

“Hits” of 1974, Vol. I

Kraftwerk “Autobahn”

Originally released in 1974, this one didn’t become a hit
until 1976 with Frampton Comes Alive! Here’s “Show Me the Way”

(G)race into the Uncertain Divine

Twilight fades
Through blistered Avalon
The sky’s cruel torch
On aching autobahn
Into the uncertain divine
We scream into the last divide…

…it meant the world to hold a bruising faith
But now it’s just a matter of Grace

“To Sheila” – Smashing Pumpkins, 1998

Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity)

Dr. Ingrao just asked me to take over his November 11th lecture on the Interwar Period in Central Europe. Yea! Time to get in the mood by putting myself in that picture a bit.

“Daum Marries Her Pedantic Automaton George in May 1920; John Heartfield Is Very Glad of It” – George Grosz 1920

“Cardplaying War-Cripples” – Otto Dix 1920

“Republican Automations” – George Grosz 1920

“Rooftop Studio” – Rudolf Schlichter c. 1922

Visions of Purdue

Trying out my new camera up at campus:

The omnipresent Bell Tower in the middle of a floral arrangement.

University Hall: The oldest building on campus circa 1871.
Where the history gets done.

Purdue is filled with fountains

This is the fountain that everybody used to run through for the “Naked Olympics”
Now disbanded, but we hear that these were wild events.

The “Flower” setting on the camera appears to be pretty sharp.

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