Early contender for Album of the Year - Jay William Henderson’s “Hymns to my Amnesia”

Stunning, beautiful, heartbreaking, lovely.

A very Happy Anniversary to my love. Another year-of-marriage-in-review CD in the books. 

Sierra Nevada Rain Check Spiced Stout. First beer from their new NC-based east coast brewery.

Sierra Nevada Rain Check Spiced Stout. First beer from their new NC-based east coast brewery.

Strand of Oaks, Woke Up to the Light

Saddest vacation picture ever. So proud of this dude for being so brave.

Saddest vacation picture ever. So proud of this dude for being so brave.

This response to some self-righteous comment on NPR about Tim Howard’s performance yesterday was too delightful not to share. 

This response to some self-righteous comment on NPR about Tim Howard’s performance yesterday was too delightful not to share. 

Devils Backbone and Greenflash Brewing East Meets West India Pale Lager. A delicious World Cup stress soother.

Devils Backbone and Greenflash Brewing East Meets West India Pale Lager. A delicious World Cup stress soother.

Songs of June 2014

Fruits of my labor. Tomato jam, strawberry and ancho chili preserves, pickled radishes, sweet and super spicy pickles (with chili peppers I grew and dried last year). At my going rate, and the number of hours this took, I’d say each jar is worth like $80.

Fruits of my labor. Tomato jam, strawberry and ancho chili preserves, pickled radishes, sweet and super spicy pickles (with chili peppers I grew and dried last year). At my going rate, and the number of hours this took, I’d say each jar is worth like $80.

They got groomed on consecutive days. Now they’re cowering together, wondering what terrifying ordeal could be next.

They got groomed on consecutive days. Now they’re cowering together, wondering what terrifying ordeal could be next.

That’s a boy who didn’t expect a “yes” when he asked for snack in the bathtub.

That’s a boy who didn’t expect a “yes” when he asked for snack in the bathtub.

Tough one to swallow with my little dude last night.

Tough one to swallow with my little dude last night.

I thought about my bedroom wall from high school, which my mom kept up through my first year of college—the year I met this girl. Among the cutouts and postcards tacked to the wall was an ad for Elliott Smith’s Either/Or, out now on Kill Rock Stars. Suddenly I felt sad, not because I was reminded of Smith’s music, but because I wondered if he had lived long enough to have the experience I was having, sitting in a city park across from someone who at some point he had caused so much pain, laughing.
This is how you write about music. 
We all make mistakes. But we are talking about people in public life—writers, politicians, academics—who got the biggest strategic call in many decades completely wrong. Wrong as a matter of analysis, wrong as a matter of planning, wrong as a matter of execution, wrong in conceiving American interests in the broadest sense. None of these people did that intentionally, and many of them have honestly reflected and learned. But we now live with (and many, many people have died because of) the consequences of their gross misjudgments a dozen years ago. In the circumstances, they might have the decency to shut the hell up on this particular topic for a while. They helped create the disaster Iraqis and others are now dealing with. They have earned the right not to be listened to.

James Fallows - The Atlantic

This whole post is worth a read. I’m not sure there’s anything that makes me feel sicker than listening to Kagan, Kristol, and the Cheney clan opine on the situation in Iraq. 

More reading here from The New Republic on the topic of how to think of the current debate, and from the incredible Dexter Filkins at The New Yorker

Little man has gotta hydrate.

Little man has gotta hydrate.