Wednesday, December 7, 2016


The dust jacket of my copy is murky compared to this example
shown above, but it's inside the cookie that counts

Tuesday, December 6, 2016



Crown Archetype, 2016

By page 100 of this 500 page testimonial I knew it was about to go down as one of the finest books about rock 'n' roll ever written, lived through, and survived, since Robertson is now 73. Congratulations. Set this book right alongside Robertson's old buddy Levon Helm and his music memoir This Wheel's On Fire. Except Robertson's experience is a bit more literary, even expansive, whereas Helm's story is straight out of the Arkansas wilderness, and he was the early 'older brother' to the teenage runaway down-from-Canada Robertson. By the time we see both heroes in the film The Last Waltz (1976) both are freewheelin' storytellers trying to top the other. It's still going on in their respective books. And like their work together in the The Band — not a moment is wasted.
p.s. Don't expect any clarity on who-owns-what with The Band's
songs when it comes between Helm~Robertson.
The music is a dream.
Then there's the nitty gritty.

[ BA ]


S T A N D I N G     R O C K     S I O U X     P A T R I O T S

Monday, December 5, 2016


Even Inside

You were asleep

I blew out the lamp

Turned to you —

A firefly blinked


Summer Leaves

I listen

To all

Its length

Of a tall

Maple tree

In the rain


The same bird every night

In the same tree singing

The same song that does

The same very songful

Thing inside of me

It Is Now The Birds Settle

You would walk

Upstairs to our room

In the early evening

So warm

Undress, while looking to the woods

Lie down

Hours later

I would find you this way

Explaining To Carson

On the boat ride we saw

One town, one island,

Two motor boats, two

Kids swimming from a canoe,

A redtail hawk flew over

The mountain, a blue 

Heron flapped around the bend


Bob Arnold
Once In Vermont

Friday, December 2, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016


There is no one like Ursula K. Le Guin, no one, when it
comes to the enthusiastic and conversational book reviewer,
the love of reading, the writers, the readers and the
freedom of speaking one's mind.

She advocates all of this.

She practices.

Read her.

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