urban literary-knot

SantaLand… December 1, 2008

The Santa Land Diaries

“SantaLand Diaries” collects six of David Sedaris’s most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last-minute coaster or ice-scraper. This drinking man’s companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the back seat of a police car. It should be read with your eyes, felt with your heart, and heard only when spoken to. It should, in short, behave much like a book. And oh, what a book it is! “Acidly camp, bitchily kitsch and slickly satirical packages of out-there humour…very funny” – Sunday Times


It’s almost over… November 1, 2008



… and we’ve all been feeling the pain for far too long:

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Make sure you get your butts out there next week and vote- dammit!


Gothic Novella to Creep October October 3, 2008



Summer Fades – Harvest Begins September 16, 2008




And so, we begin again, next month after schedules have settled, studio hours and pieces have been completed and the showing goes forward…. I love fall!

Summer was busy and bountiful and we were even lucky enough to squeeze a pretty decent “far-away” vacation that did all of the family good- yeah!

Now that the baby pumpkins are turning a beautiful deep orange, though I’m a bit frustrated that my French variety look to have bitten the dust or have been bitten and digested by my animal neighbors, and the sunflowers are drooping and being nibbled to my annoyance by those urban squirrels, I’m thinking of some good October reads and will weigh the possibilities in the next couple of weeks.

So what have you been reading this past summer my ULK comrads?

See you all soon!


ULK On Summer Break June 4, 2008

ULK will be on Summer Break- in need of attending to other endeavors, vacation, planting, writing… all that good stuff!

Be back in early to mid Fall– enjoy your Summer!



Let May be ‘Wild’ May 3, 2008

I can’t think of a better book to read this month than Griffiths’  Wild: An Elemental Journey  … and no there won’t be any ayahuasca to enhance the reading!

Contact for details- etc.

                          “As dreams are essential to the psyche, wilderness is to Life.”

                                                      -Jay Griffiths


Transplanting in Fertile Soil April 11, 2008

This month’s reading has gotten a late start (no surprise there!) but the wait is well worth it when wrapping around Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel Unaccustomed Earth.  I think this is what happens as a writer when you don’t try to force yourself to crank out endless mundane or mediocre work just to satisfy the public, or put pressure upon oneself for the endless reasons.  Ms Lahiri constantly amazes me with her creative imaginary flare and such a gift to bring rich characters to the written page.

The LATimes and NewsWeek give your mind a nibble before we meet.