February 2nd, 2016

The Red Tree

"Waited so long it stained you. All our promises are lies."

Yesterday, Providence broke it's previous record for record warmth on February 1, by one degree Fahrenheit. It got to 65˚F, and it was glorious. Around here, we're lucky to get days like that in April. I finished getting the digest together so that it could be PDF'd, and then we left. Kathryn and I were not about the spend so fine and rare a day in this house.

Today, the weather's cooler again, currently 47˚F, with the windchill at 41˚F, which is still unseasonably warm. The sky today is wide and carnivorous, a butchery in blue.

Sirenia Digest #120 went out to subscribers late last night. I hope people are pleased with "Study for an Electronaut's Ovid."

Kathryn and I went to Paper Nautilus Books at Wayland Square, where we still have a lot of credit from the great book purge of 2013. I found a copy of the third editon of Borradaile, Eastham, Potts, and Saunders' The Invertebrata (1958, Cambridge University Press).* The third edition was revised by G.A. Kerkut, who was a very fine zoologist, but, sadly, also a creationist and something of a kook. Still, there are few more excellent textbooks on invertebrates. Spooky found an edition of Virginia Woolf's "Freshwater: A Comedy," illustrated by Edward Gorey. After Paper Nautilus, we made a quick trip to Eastside Market and the pharmacy.

I found "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster" absolutely delightful, thanks to the wonderful Darin Morgan, who also wrote "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and, for Millennium, "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense," and who also played the Flukeman in "The Host." The episode was filled with Easter Eggs. To quote Scully, "Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder." Indeed.

My latest** Xmas present arrived yesterday, Exitmusic's Passage on vinyl. Jesus, this is a beautiful album. Aleksa Palladino's voice is a revelation, simultaneously sorrowful, jubilant, defiant, and apocalyptic. She sings like the sea taking apart a shoreline. This will likely be my favorite LP for some time to come. Currently, it's a the soundtrack I need for this stretch of life. By the way, Aleska Palladino played Angela Darmody in Boardwalk Empire. You listen to Exitmusic, and you'll hear the film that I hope The Red Tree will one day be.

I'm feeling worse than I'd hoped I feel this morning. Cold turkey is always a cunt.

Aunt Beast

* An inscription in the book reads "Ambrose F. Keeley, Leverett House, Harvard College, February 1960." Turns out, Ambrose Kelly went on the be the principal of Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass. The school's library was named in his honor.

** That is to say, the one that will be the most late.