Of Stumptown and Opening Day

It’s April. Spring is officially here. Baseball is back. Opening Day is more like “Opening Days” — three games yesterday, a few more today, a few more tomorrow, and then the season and the daily grind begins in earnest on Wednesday. Nothing says baseball more than Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, what with Charlie Brown and his … Continue reading Of Stumptown and Opening Day

Fifteen Influential Authors

I saw this on Facebook a few days ago, meant to answer it, and got sidetracked into other things. That happens. The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. List 15 authors (poets and comic writers included) who have influenced you and who will always stick with you. List the first 15 you … Continue reading Fifteen Influential Authors

On the Eve of Garrison Keillor’s Final Prairie Home Companion

Tonight, Garrison Keillor is recording his final A Prairie Home Companion, to be broadcast tomorrow night in its regular time slot. There’s a certain sadness to this. My parents have listened to A Prairie Home Companion for decades, and I seem to recall that they went to a live show in the early 90s. I … Continue reading On the Eve of Garrison Keillor’s Final Prairie Home Companion

Link Round-Up: December 22

I was stupidly busy today with work, so I have little idea what’s happening in the world. Nonetheless, some things that caught my attention today… The Essay, Religion in the North, Norse Mythology: Karl Seigfried – An interesting personal essay on the continuing emotional pull of Norse mythology, a millennium after Scandinavia was Christianized. BBC … Continue reading Link Round-Up: December 22

Party of Eight

This year I’ll be spending Thanksgiving by myself. I don’t have family nearby, and publishing doesn’t stop just because there’s a holiday; Friday I’ll be hip deep in getting January’s catalog out the door, long-distance travel to see family (only to have to turn around) simply doesn’t make sense. Don’t worry about me. I have … Continue reading Party of Eight

Things I’ve Been Reading: Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron

Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron Fantagraphics Books Written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz Coinciding with the release this week of The Peanuts Movie (not seen yet, though my ruminations on the kids novelization are here), Fantagraphics Books, the publishers of the Complete Peanuts, has published a collection of all of the Snoopy as the … Continue reading Things I’ve Been Reading: Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron

The New Peanuts Movie Trailer

This week the new trailer for November’s Peanuts trailer was released: In November, I wrote about the first trailer, and in the days since the new trailer was released I’ve left a few comments here and there. Why don’t I share my thoughts on the new trailer here? My read on the trailer is that … Continue reading The New Peanuts Movie Trailer

Meet the Peanuts Gang

This October marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, and the following month we’ve see the release of the first Peanuts movie in thirty years. I’ve noticed this year that there’s a concerted effort at releasing Peanuts books and collections, probably to both tie in with the anniversary and the upcoming film. One such … Continue reading Meet the Peanuts Gang

Things I’ve Been Reading: Get Well Soon, Charlie Brown

Peanuts #27 BOOM! Studios/kaboom! Written by Jason Cooper Art by Vicki Scott & Paige Braddock As I turned the pages of “Get Well Soon, Charlie Brown,” I felt like I had read this story before. During one of his baseball games, Charlie Brown begins to “feel kind of woozy,” and he leaves the game to … Continue reading Things I’ve Been Reading: Get Well Soon, Charlie Brown