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V.23 No.10 | 3/6/2014

Book Review

Resistance Is Futile

The Resistance Man

French farmhouses? Fine wines? Erudite mystery? At first blush, this novel seemed right up reviewer Suzanne Buck’s alley. So why was it such a clunker?

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V.22 No.45 | 11/7/2013

Book Review

A Few Small Repairs

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

Why is someone trying to sabotage the opening of Mma Soleti’s new beauty parlor, the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon? The tensions between the past and the future ratchet up as the city of Gaborone swelters.

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V.22 No.38 | 9/19/2013

Book Review

A Tuscan Immersion

Cold Tuscan Stone

It's the kind of book that you want to hand off to a good friend when you finish.
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V.22 No.36 | 9/5/2013

Stage Whispers

Go ahead, scratch it

Introducing Stage Whispers, your lowdown on the performance arts. This week, the ladies seize the spotlight.

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video games

Webgame Wednesday: Westerado

Sometimes you just want to play cowboy, but your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend/roommate/parents/dog just look at you funny when start wearing chaps and a ten-gallon hat around the house. Might I suggest giving the new Adult Swim video game Westerado a shot instead. This gorgeous 16-bits-style Western-style action RPG is shockingly expansive. You play a red-clad gunslinger looking to find the man who killed your family. Get jobs, question townspeople, fight bandits, wrangle buffalo. Along the way, you'll gather clues as to the killer's identity. A wide variety of tasks and a sly sense of humor make this a blast to play. Just watch where you point that six-shooter, partner.

excavations

Gift or Warning?

Bizarrely marked pencil suspiciously placed on my desk

The pencil in its original placement
The pencil in its original placement

When I arrived at work today, there was a strange item smack in the middle of my desk. It was a pencil, but not one I had used or left there. It is a near-perfect number 2, unsharpened with an only slightly used eraser. But near the business end, there are three deep, narrow, perpendicular grooves, equally spaced and cut down to the lead.

What does this mean? Who left this pencil for me to find? What were they trying to communicate? Is it someone who, as a coworker suggested, is harboring a secret, tormenting crush on me and has to chew up pencils? Doubtful. The grooves are too small and regular to be caused by normal human teeth. Is someone trying to send me an ominous message? Confuse me? Make me waste time writing this blog?

Close-up of the grooves
Close-up of the grooves

Admittedly it's not as bad as a dead bird left by your cat, or a horse head left by the Godfather. But it's freaking me out. Who are you, mystery pencil leaver?!

Who is doing this to me?!
Who is doing this to me?!
Creepy pencil, I hate you
Creepy pencil, I hate you
Sketches of possible culprits: three-toothed monster or tiny man with saw
Sketches of possible culprits: three-toothed monster or tiny man with saw
Music

U.F.O.

Musician disappears in the desert; 35 years later his masterpiece is reissued

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The Jim Sullivan Story

Jim Sullivan was an American musician who in 1975 left his wife and son on the West Coast, striking out for Nashville to find success. He didn’t make it there, thoughhis car was found abandoned and motel room unused outside of Santa Rosa, N.M. In ‘69 Sullivan had released U.F.O., an album backed by the acclaimed Wrecking Crewsession musicians employed by Phil Spector on numerous hit songs. Sullivan and his psych-folk-rock masterpiece went mostly unnoticed until late last year when crate-diggin’ reissue label Light In The Attic rereleased U.F.O. NPR’s “All Things Considered” did a story on the albumlisten here. Find out more about Sullivan, listen to audio samples or buy the record here.

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Books

The First New Roger Zelazny Novel in 15 Years

Purely by accident, in the Mystery Section of a local bookstore (and I'm not a big mystery fan, but a loud weird-out-nerd-out conversation in the Science Fiction section forced me over a couple of aisles. Guys, keep it down, there are girls in here), I noticed a spine with " Zelazny" on it. Turns out it was a manuscript discovered posthumously in Zelazny's piles, lost for 30 years. That's from around the time of My Name is Legion but it's not science fiction; it's a spy/crime/adventure novel, and that's fine with me. I've said it before: nobody writes a classier fight scene than Zelazny, and few manage to propel a story with mystery as well as he did. Anyway, I haven't read it yet because I'm bogged down in Jungle Tales of Tarzan (haha) but at least I have something to look forward to besides drinking and getting made fun of for reading books with monsters on the cover.

Today's Events

The New Mexico Edit at South Broadway Cultural Center

A collection of short clips from filmmakers all over the state. Part of the "Life in New Mexico" collaborative media project.

The Best of Jethro Tull Performed by Ian Anderson at Kiva Auditorium

Corrales Growers' Market at Corrales Growers' Market

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