OCT
2008
29

HardPressed News: Triple-Blogging APE to the Four Corners of Second Saturday

October is almost done but I’m full of news.  First, I’ve been invited to contribute to John Gladding’s latest web site, MySacramento.me.  John is the creator of several local-interest web sites, such as Sactosaurus.com, The Tomato Pages and MyFolsom.com.  Despite being a good looking guy with a house in Folsom, a beautiful family, and a successful career, John keeps wanting to associate himself with me.  We’ve tried a few other collaborations in the past but this time he’s only asking me to do what I already do here and at my myspace page (blogging, that is), so it shouldn’t be…

OCT
2008
27

HardPressed Grandma

My grandmother died today.  She was 88, a complex, difficult, beautiful human being.  Here she is a year-and-a-half ago in better health, wearing one of my t-shirts with my dad, my sister, her husband and their daughter Katie.

OCT
2008
27

“I Am an Amanuensis” 48: Alan Moore 4

“I pick her up and light is shining through her skull, wrapped in its silvery tissue like a Christmas fruit.  I wake her for her feed, scrape meaning from her faint and random exclamations of surprise, spoken through morphia.  […]  My mother’s name is Sylvia.  Her death is animal; passive and dignified, too bright to look at.” Alan Moore, The Birth Caul.  Illustrated by Eddie Campbell and published by Eddie Campbell Comics, Paddington Q, Australia, 1999.  2, 9. Amanuensis –noun. A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.