The best of tonight’s libations. Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout. A milk stout brewed with cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Meant to mimic a Mexican hot chocolate. So good.

The best of tonight’s libations. Stone Xocoveza Mocha Stout. A milk stout brewed with cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Meant to mimic a Mexican hot chocolate. So good.

The first of tonight’s libations. Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale. Awesome fall seasonal.

The first of tonight’s libations. Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale. Awesome fall seasonal.

So proud. He’ll be 3.5 in 9 day. Balance bikes definitely work.

[Jason] Isbell is a slow, careful writer. He worries the little things. “What keeps me up at night is stuff like the consistency of pronouns,” he says. He’s a grammarian. “My dad, as much as I love him, has one of those signs — ‘The Isbell’s’ — on his front door, and he’s got the damn apostrophe in there. I haven’t strangled him yet.”

Jason Isbell portrait in NYT from 2013. Southeastern is still the finest album of the last 2 years, and he was rightly rewarded for it at the Americana Music Awards on Wednesday. 

Can’t wait to see him and Damien Jurado (!) in Charlottesville this February.

Now reading. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

Now reading. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

I was going to wait until later in the Fall, or at least Sept 21, but I wore a coat to work this morning, so here she is. Fall Mix 2014.

It’s 2:30 pm and I’ve grocery shopped, taken a 3 year old to soccer in the rain, then attended a 4 year old birthday party. Now, it’s daddy time. 2013/2014 Gueuze Tilquin. Yum.
Rating: 98. This is an incredible gueuze. Sour, lemony, rotten in a good way. Delicious. 

It’s 2:30 pm and I’ve grocery shopped, taken a 3 year old to soccer in the rain, then attended a 4 year old birthday party. Now, it’s daddy time. 2013/2014 Gueuze Tilquin. Yum.

Rating: 98. This is an incredible gueuze. Sour, lemony, rotten in a good way. Delicious. 

The first or many Saturday mornings at the soccer fields.  (at Albemarle High School (Virginia))

The first or many Saturday mornings at the soccer fields. (at Albemarle High School (Virginia))

Firestone Walker Brewing Opal dry hopped saison. Everything from this brewery is amazing.
Rating: 96

Firestone Walker Brewing Opal dry hopped saison. Everything from this brewery is amazing.

Rating: 96

At home what is ‘wonderful’ tends to be an exception that’s arranged; it is useful, or at least edifying. In Persia it might just as well spring from an oversight, or a sin, or a catastrophe which, by breaking the normal run of events, offers life unexpected scope for unfolding its splendours before eyes that are always ready to rejoice in them.
The Way of the World, Nicolas Bouvier 
Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June’s long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees going nowhere,
you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the gray feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.
A poem for 9/11
“Try to Praise the Mutilated World” by Adam Zagajewski (translated, from the Polish, by Clare Cavanagh)

Make your day better. Listen to this new one from Field Report.

Beyond a certain degree of hardship or misery, life often revives and heals the scars. As time passed, deportation [to the concentration camps for the young woman] had become a kind of voyage and even, thanks to the almost terrifying capacity of memory to transform horror into courage, a voyage that she could easily mention. Any way of seeing the world is good, as long as one returns.
Nicolas Bouvier, The Way of the World
Now reading. Like Kerouac’s “On the Road,” but good.

Now reading. Like Kerouac’s “On the Road,” but good.