this school year’s Moleskine notebooks

I love Moleskine notebooks — specifically, medium-sized, kraft paper covered, grid-ruled Moleskine notebooks. As an organizationally-challenged person, these notebooks have, over the last two years, been the only thing standing between me and the entropy abyss. So today I went to the bookstore and purchased this year’s supply. Since I had a lot of work to do, I obviously felt compelled to decorate my new notebooks instead. I opted for a homage to Mondrian, a cube optical illusion and a fibonacci spiral (it’s cool that Moleskine notebooks are almost a perfect golden rectangle). I thought they turned out pretty well and I didn’t have to do any work. Win, win.

What I’m listening to these days (July 2012)

Skatalites — Just sounds like summer to me.

Sarah Jarosz — Twenty-one year old genius on her way to owning a huge chunk of the folk/bluegrass/Americana universe.

Radiohead ‘Hail to the Thief’ — I find that my brain starts playing ‘There, There’ and ‘Sail to the Moon’ whenever I sit silently. Westboro Baptist Church called Radiohead “freak monkeys with mediocre tunes,” so they have that going for them.

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings — ‘The Harrow & the Harvest’ is a remarkable album — maybe their best work.

Gary Clark Jr. — Cool and talent

Fiona Apple — ‘The Idler Wheel…” cuts through the tired sameness of modern popular music. I especially love “Anything We Want.”

Dr. John — Funkiness personified.

hillbilly topiary

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Last Fall, the “tree trimmers” employed by the local electric company swept through Bolivar like a late-season tornado, leaving this peculiar destruction in their wake. I think their discussions with homeowners sounded something like this, “Oh, you want us to trim your tree, not cut it down — we’ll trim it alright.” These are just a few of the fine pieces of arboreal art that they created.