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During our stay at Hicksville we visited a place that could only exist in California, Pioneertown.

I had visited in Pioneertown back in March (though did not blog about it) with my dad, who grew up with heavy doses of the western TV shows in the 50s, which is all how Pioneertown began. 292 more words



A shortened version of  the Greek “Nikolaos”, meaning “victory of the people”.

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'Markheim' by Robert Louis Stevenson

Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1885

The magic trick:

Filling the story with absurdly ornate sentences

Leave it to R.L. Stevenson to spoil a perfectly good Christmas premise by going on and on about the dual nature of man’s being. 320 more words


Christmas in 1882

Christmas 1882. In the station of the German Polar Commission.



“Yet the thrilling range of Leskov's body of work keeps slipping away”

Muireann Maguire pointed me to Chris Power’s post on Leskov for The Guardian‘s short story blog, which I recommend. It’s filled with quotes from Leskov’s famous admirers: Walter Benjamin, Boris Eikhenbaum, D. 358 more words

Russian Literature

Fragile beauty

I’m caught in the whirl wind called Christmas and I haven’t the time for a wordy post so I’ll go with the concept of a picture being worth a thousand words. 117 more words

Museum Dresses