It’s springtime here in North Dakotaland, except for the blizzard and the sub-freezing temperatures. Ignore that.
It’s a Formula 1 weekend, the Cup cars are in Richmond, baseball season and the IPL are underway, Lomachenko is fighting and the NBA playoffs start this weekend. So maybe this isn’t the worst weekend to be snowed inside.
If that’s still not enough to keep you busy, here are a few quick hits and varia:
It’s feeling a bit more like spring in North Dakotaland. The piles of snow are shrinking daily, the flurries yesterday seemed particular half-hearted, and our eyes turn warily to the mighty Red River of the North whose waters rise to meet the challenge of the flood walls.
Fortunately, this is opening weekend for baseball, the home stretch of the NBA season, NCAA March Madness, the second race of the Formula 1 calendar, and the start of NASCAR midseason. If that’s not enough there are always piles of books to read, make, and covet. (And, if you haven’t downloaded a free copy of volume 85 of North Dakota Quarterly for your springtime reading, you really should. It’s free and includes a special section on the Humanities in the Age of Austerity.)
To add a bit of leaven to your weekend, here are some quick hits and varia:
Something approach spring is happening here in North Dakotaland with melting snow giving away to big puddles. It’ll be a while before we can see the ground though and there will still be plenty of reasons to stay in doors with NCAA basketball, some good auto racing, a good book, some writing, or a free download of the latest issue of a century-old little magazine.
Did someone say NDQ?
If that’s still not enough for you, here are some varia and quick hits:
- We may be entering the Silver Age of archaeological and ancient world blogging:
- Jack Davis’s Sather Lectures.
- Cannabis in Hexamilia.
- UND’s Writers Conference 2019.
- Untimely Love.
- Rural Mississippi.
- Affect Theory and the New Age of Anxiety.
- Touching Photographs.
- Today’s famous logos in Bauhaus style.
- Typing in lowercase.
- Low-tech web.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 100: “Up until that point, getting published was a difficult thing,” Nicosia says. “If you were a radical, an innovative writer, you would be rebuffed by mainstream publishers. By creating this press out of nothing, City Lights press, he said, ‘Look, you don’t need these big publishers in New York.’”
- What I’m reading: Lauren Gail Berlant and Kathleen Stewart, The Hundreds. (2019).
- What I’m listening to: Oliver Nelson, Screamin’ the Blues.
It may be that we’ve enjoyed the final blizzard of the season here in North Dakotaland and it was mild enough in our neighborhood that I could go for my first outdoor run of the year yesterday afternoon.
This weekend looks mild as well and a good time to catch up on some grading, the first Formula 1 race of the weekend, and the part of the NBA season that starts to matter. There is some college basketball too (just not for my mighty Spiders).
If you’re looking for something to occupy your free moments, here are some quick hits and varia:
It’s almost time here for another snow storm. This time it’ll arrive over so-called “Spring Break.” At the same time, I do get a week off from teaching and meetings and the like. The NBA season is getting more interesting, NASCAR is hitting its stride, and Australia somehow managed to score 300+ runs in an ODI innings in India (with Maxwell at 3 no less!).
The week I also received the paper copy of my first volume of NDQ as editor. I’m beyond excited about this and am very proud of the collaborative spirit and creativity from everyone who made this possible. You can buy a copy here and you can get a sense for its contents here.
Once you’re done enjoying some NDQ, feel free to browse some quick hits and varia:
Margepole (Milo + Bargepole via Deep Dream Generator)
It’s March and its still cold for some reason. In fact, this weekend is supposed to be as cold January here in North Dakotaland. Good thing that I have some grading, some fun work, and a couple of warm dogs to keep me cosy and distracted from whatever is going on outdoors.
To share the distraction, here’s a little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
It’s finally Friday and despite this being a short week, it somehow feels like the longest week in the semester. But the weekend is near and with it the chance to catch up on a little sleep, get some reading done, start on a top sekrit project, and unwind a bit. Tomorrow is scheduled to be downright balmy with high temperatures in the 20s. The dogs will get a chance to enjoy a long walk.
As I contemplate what it must be like to live in a place where the temperatures are closer to 0 Celsius than 0 Fahrenheit, I’ll leave you with this little gaggle of quick hits and varia:
It’s Friday and my list of things that I want to do, things that I should do, and things that I have to do are not at all compatible. I’m counting down the hours to the weekend, to the Daytona 500, and to sitting by the warm fire with a new book.
For next week, if you’re from here in North Dakotaland, pencil into your schedule Mike Wittgraf’s performance of “Hearing Corwin Hall” on Thursday, February 21st at 7 pm in Hughes Fine Arts on the lovely campus of the University of North Dakota. Here’s the event info and here’s more on the piece which grew out of the Wesley College Documentation Project.
But for now, I have to do work on a frigid Friday and my work day starts with offering you some quick hits and varia:
More snow here in North Dakotaland, but the good news is that it feels like -45, so there’s nothing much motivating me to go outside. Instead I’m hunkered down by the fire with coffee, a couple of dogs, a warm blanket, and a vacuum tube amplifier.
That being said, I won’t be tempted to go outside or even leave my chair. Things might get done today.
And things are happening. Check out the cover for volume 85 of North Dakota Quarterly featuring a photo by UND History student Wyatt Atchley. I’m excited to see it in the flesh.
In the meantime, check out some quick hits and varia:
We survived the polar vortex here in North Dakotaland and look forward to a more mild weekend with some poetry, some books, some cricket, The Crickets (of course), some dogs, and, of course, the Super Bowl.
Hope you weekend includes at least a few of these things and maybe a little time for some quick hits and varia:
Buddies (Milo reluctantly shares his bed).