How to tell a story

I’m not a storyteller, Stella, but I impersonate one and that is almost as good. Storytelling is an intimate art, practiced between people who know each other well, and I’ve known some great ones, a sculptor named Joe O’Connell and my great-uncle Lew Powell and the late Chet Atkins. Chet was a true storyteller. He …

Languages

Of all the people in the lab whose native language is not English, only one* speaks an Indo-European language (German).  We have: Turkish Finnish Tamil Chinese (I’m not certain what specific languages Xin and Wei speak) * I say this a bit preemptively; I’m not certain what Dhaval’s native language is.  I had assumed it’s …

Progress Report

From halfway through Dracula: Abraham Van Helsing is the biggest Mary Sue I’ve come across in recent literary memory.  Geez.  “You forget that I am a lawyer as well as a doctor.”  Yes, thank you, I wasn’t certain you were a Mary Sue when you shared a name with the author of the work you’re …

At long last

Well, I’ve done it: I’ve brought my concertina to the session.  And I could not have picked a better day; small, small, only three others there, and all the nicest of folks.  Two I know well, one I’ve just met.  And so, I played.  Not a tune, but a song, and it was lovely; I …

Brain Dump

I finally finished Silas Marner; pleasantly written, but thin.  Not much there there. I made great spanakopita this weekend, and biked, and hiked, and played frisbee.  I was productive, too—I achieved in 2 hours what would have likely taken me a day to a day and a half had I been in the office.  This …

Growing

In the past two weeks, our lab has gone from 10 to 17 people, including people who are here on a temporary basis, such as summer interns.  It’s kinda cool, but mostly a packing problem. Also, I have recently met someone name Attila.