The READIN Family Album
Tyndareus Crushed, by Igor Mitoraj (taken August 2005)


Jeremy's journal

The city is a recapitulation of the cave, by other means.

Hans Blumenberg

(This is a page from my archives)
Front page

Archives index
Subscribe to RSS

This page renders best in Firefox (or Safari, or Chrome)

Monday, April 30th, 2012

🦋 Otra vez publicación

I got word yesterday that Metamorphoses, the journal of literary translation at Smith College, accepted my translation of Slavko Zupcic's story, "Tescucho, Italia" -- nice! This is the first piece that I have had accepted after submitting it to a couple of magazines and being rejected. Glad I kept sending it out. It will appear in the fall 2013 issue of Metamorphoses.

posted evening of April 30th, 2012: 1 response
➳ More posts about Translation

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

🦋 Fiddle Songbook

Latest addition to my repertory is "Billy in the Lowground," which I've been wanting to learn ever since I saw the Ether Frolic Mob playing it. Here are two takes:

Billy in the Lowground

by The Modesto Kid

Billy in the Lowground (alternate take)

by The Modesto Kid

Here, in no particular order, are the songs I know well enough to think of them as my repertory (excluding numerous songs like "Crawdad Hole" and "Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe" which, while I can play a pretty nice instrumental version, I think of as songs to sing. These are just the songs that I identify primarily as fiddle tunes.) Criteria for this list is, I have to know the melody by heart (after maybe a glance at the music) and be able to play it easily with improvisation over the melody and be able to cover up for myself ifwhen I make a mistake.

  • The Red-Haired Boy
  • The Sailor's Hornipe
  • The Devil's Dream
  • Bill Cheetham
  • The Halting March
  • Harvest Home
  • The Boys of Bluehill
  • The Growling Old Man and the Carping Old Woman
  • The Road to Lisdoonvarna
  • The Irish Washerwoman
  • The Swallowtail Jig
  • East Tennessee Blues
  • Billy in the Lowground
  • Soldier's Joy
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast
  • The Modesto Kid
  • Jeremy's Breakdown
  • Drowsy Maggie
  • Bonaparte's Retreate/ Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine/ Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains

Two new songs to learn, that I printed out music for today: "St. Anne's Reel" and "Ragtime Annie".

posted morning of April 29th, 2012: Respond
➳ More posts about Fiddling

Friday, April 27th, 2012

🦋 Genre

Let's listen to Anton Barbeau.

You're welcome. Everybody has to go buy this record and listen to it.

posted evening of April 27th, 2012: Respond
➳ More posts about Music

🦋 Central Park South

posted evening of April 27th, 2012: Respond
➳ More posts about the Family Album

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

🦋 You make it sound so simple.

Martha M.'s video poem "innocent beat" is featured at Moving Poems.

Wheels within wheels! I love the image of words as gears.

posted morning of April 26th, 2012: Respond
➳ More posts about Readings

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

🦋 Something happens, and the scene is transformed.

The Cat's Table is an odd book. I liked it a lot, but without ever being sure just what I was reading. Most of the book, you do not get the impression that you are reading a story -- just some lovely and fairly disconnected childhood reminiscences. (Ondaatje has a note at the end, which I found gracious and helpful, saying that "although the novel uses the colouring and locations of memoir and autobiography, The Cat's Table is fictional.") As you come to the end, it turns out you have been meeting the characters and learning the setting for a swashbuckling adventure story -- and then in the final pages it is suddenly not that either, it is something altogether different and touching.

posted evening of April 23rd, 2012: Respond
➳ More posts about The Cat's Table

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

🦋 Speed

I was at the song swap this afternoon -- for the first time -- I am certainly going to be going back there, and to hope that Deena and Rebecca ask us to perform there sometime. What a great pool of talent! I played "Devil's Dream", and I still can't quite believe how fast I played it -- for weeks now I have been thinking, "well, I'm playing it much slower than the standard tempo; but on the other hand I'm getting a really sweet, romantic sound in that slow pace"; but it turns out one can also get a really sweet, romantic sound in a fast tempo, too! I think I was still not playing just as fast as the bluegrass fiddlers I've heard playing this song... But just being in front of the audience really pushed me, drove me into the song. I also played (a bit slower, but again faster than I have been practicing the song) a new composition called (bet you never did) "The Modesto Kid". -- I also recorded that tune and am loving listening to it. Probably will upload to Soundcloud soon.

Update: Here it is!

posted evening of April 21st, 2012: Respond

🦋 The lie that helps us see the truth

Edward O. Wilson's article for Harvard Magazine on the biological origins of the arts includes the startling insight that metaphor can be seen as a way of compensating for the limited range of human senses. (Thanks for the link, Joe!)

posted morning of April 21st, 2012: Respond
➳ More posts about Pretty Pictures

🦋 Let's Listen to

Kimberley Rew!

You're welcome.

posted morning of April 21st, 2012: 2 responses

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

🦋 Danko/Manuel/Helm

Rest in peace, Levon.

posted evening of April 19th, 2012: Respond
➳ More posts about Obituaries

Previous posts

Drop me a line! or, sign my Guestbook.
Check out Ellen's writing at

What do you think?

Jeremy Osner on Fragments

Where to go from here...

South Orange
Friends and Family