The Education of Oronte Churm
February 26, 2010 - 5:44pm
Upright Among Staring Fish We all of us are deep-sea diverspeering out of bone helmetsat a world lost in the flood.Fogged wonders, marvels in the murk. Okay, Red Diver? asks the voice down the umbilical,machinery gasping and chattering in the background. Okay Red, he reports.
February 25, 2010 - 12:34am
One of my former professors used to say that when he eventually retired he’d sit around all day in his jammies watching (Ingmar) Bergman films. That sounds pretty good to me, but he still hasn’t retired at 82. Maybe he will by the time I do, in 25 years or so, and we’ll watch together.
February 16, 2010 - 10:19am
I’d forgotten how fun, even exciting, the early stages of research on a novel can be. This week I’ve gotten to shop for boats, since one of the characters in the novel I’m writing owns and probably lives on one. He longs to impress people with it, but it’s some hulk he dragged off a tidal flat in Central America, and he’s barely got the cash to buy the diesel its misfiring engines guzzle.
February 13, 2010 - 4:59pm
Starbuck, who’s seven, wanted to know the rest of the lyrics to the sea chantey “What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor,” which I’m assuming he heard on Muppet Treasure Island.
February 10, 2010 - 11:21pm
I have the sixth largest library in the United States of America. Technically it’s not mine of course, but I do have full access to all the stacks and am allowed to check out an unlimited number of books for months at a time and to renew them endlessly. Maybe we should just refer to my house as the forty-first branch of the forty-branch system spread around campus and leave it at that.