April 11, 2006
Clear skies and balmy, beautiful desert weather. Took the dogs up the road at 7:22. As Napoleon Dynamite would say, “Sweet!”
Darcy Peterson came out this morning, bringing a carload of cabinets and book shelves. We loaded a table and bookshelf into the studio bedroom for my designated Honkytonk Sue work area. Upstairs in the loft area, a specialized video, CD, DVD bookcase was filling up as I left to come into the office (one whole shelf is Starz-Encore (Westerns Channel’s True West Moments).
Robert Ray and I are dealing with computer woes, playing computer chess, moving Gus’s old computer over here, my laptop over there, a new screen over here, better scanner over yonder. Meanwhile, I brought in some new Sue drawings and 1940s postcards and told Robert I want to take Honkytonk Sue to the next level. When he asked what that means, I said it’s time to colorize the strip and I want it somewhere between Nagel (artist Patrick Nagel) and those pale, hand-tinted postcards from yesteryear.
Meanwhile, we got some art images from Wayne Justus from Pagosa Springs, Colorado and he’s quite an artist.
“In preparation for the new season of Deadwood, I just ordered Geoffrey Hughes' new 600 page magnus opus, AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SWEARING. It's a whopping $110, but no one ever said erudition was cheap.”
When I Emailed Dan back and asked if he is serious and is there really a book with that title, I got this:
“Geoffrey Hughes is a professor of History of the English Language at the University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and the author of several books, including HISTORY OF ENGLISH WORDS (2000) and SWEARING: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF FOUL LANGUAGE, OATHS AND PROFANITY IN ENGLISH (1991). AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SWEARING will be released April 20 and can be ordered here:
“Now you know.”
Here’s a website that may be of interest to you. It’s the Kansas Historical Quarterly, which has been archived online. Starts in 1931 so it appears to be a veritable gold mine.
Favorite Onion Headline de Jour
Great-Grandmother Actually Not That Great
“It’s not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.”
—Old Vaquero Saying
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