Sunday, 27 June 2010

1899 drawing of nerve cells by neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Thursday, 24 June 2010


"aiming at the eternal without irony"

Tour Not Bore



" the port is safety, comfort, hearthstone, supper, warm blankets, friends, all that's kind to our mortalities. But in that gale, the port, the land, is that ship's forest jeopardy; she must fly all hospitality; one touch of land, though it but graze the keel, would make her shudder through and through...for refuge's sake forlornly rushing into her peril; her only friend her bitterest foe!
...But as in landlessness alone resides the highest truth, shoreless, indefinite as God - so better is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety! Take heart, take heart, O Bulkington! Bear thee grimly, demigod! Up from the spray of thy ocean-perishing - straight up, leaps thy apotheosis!"
(from Moby Dick, included in The Black Veil by Rick Moody)

AKA, as our American friend and tour manager Ben would say, "Tour not bore!"
Or, in more testing times, "Don't you know tour is short for terror?"

(Ben, pictured below on arriving in Seattle after a 15 hour drive).

bow tie ben, originally uploaded by harkathon.

The Black Veil is one of many baggage-allowance-pushing finds that originated in Half Price Books, Seattle. Highly recc'.


"...I wish that I could remember more of this, that memory wasn't just a series of desires, a series of protective encasements for identity, like chain motels at the edges of canyons..."

Saturday, 5 June 2010


Prague, originally uploaded by harkathon.

Prague, originally uploaded by harkathon.

Prague in January 2007.

Cafe Slavia, Prague, originally uploaded by harkathon.

Cafe Slavia, Prague, originally uploaded by harkathon.