world made by hand by james howard kunstler

A world made by hand—the words first send visions of people sitting around knitting and doing handcrafts and then, perhaps more accurately and in the sense that it is used in the title of Kunstler’s book, of having a hand in creating a new society.  Agency!  Without it the world may feel secure in some […]

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frankfurt’s sachsenhausen: welcome to the monkey house

Left: The Frankfurt skyline. Sachsenhausen is a part of the banking capital. Photo (cc) flickr user Moe_ THIS is part 18 in a series about the year I spent au pairing in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. If you’d like to catch up on the rest of the series, check out the index here. Frankfurt’s Sachsenhausen […]

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how to tour with no van, or postcards from last weekend

You can see a few more of these pictures over here if you’d like. Words from tour coming soon. Needless to say we made it back in one piece. Or four pieces as the case may be.

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people of strasbourg! people of zurich! people of schopfheim!

Today I turn 30. In celebration of three decades on the planet we (The Battenkill Ramblers) will be playing three shows in three countries. To be honest, this was actually a coincidence.  But it does make a nice little trio of threes doesn’t it?  If you are interested in attending any of the shows, there […]

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monday morning

Sitting at the little red-tabled-clothed table in my Wagen, I face the door.  The door is open.  Outside on the terrace Baby Pickles gurgles in her little seat, watching the trees and sucking on the ear of a beige rabbit.  Katey Sleeveless is playing, and the day is starting, much to my surprise, with a […]

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kids and learning gender with feminist frequency

While I’m on the subject of genderized kids stuff, I wanted to share this awesome (and disturbing) video from Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency.  Anita regularly makes videos discussing feminism in relationship to pop culture, particularly movies and television.  Anita’s next proposed project is a series of videos about women in video games.  Can’t wait […]

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gender schmender: babies and gendered clothing

“Is it a boy or a girl?” It’s a question I am asked a hundred times a day when I leave home with Baby Pickles. At first I wondered why gender was so important to strangers, but then I realized that really, if you want to interact with a parent and baby there really are […]

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book obsession reaches new heights

I have become possessed.  If you’ve been reading Click Clack Gorilla for a while, shit, even if you’ve been reading since my last post about a book, then you know I’m an avid reader.  And for reasons I cannot quite pinpoint, that avid love has geared into passionate obsession mode in the last few weeks.  […]

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conversational magic, brine, and 32 degrees fahrenheit

Being an expat can be magical. Yup.  And not in any sort of “it was the best of times” way.  No, as an expat, you’ll find yourself performing conversational feats you never thought possible. Because the grass is, if not greener, at least a lot more interesting on the other side, you, as a diplomat […]

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the year of the flood by margaret atwood

Why exactly has it taken me so long to read any Margaret Atwood books?  It’s a question I’ve been asking myself ever since I realized that she’s written a shit ton of post-apocalypse, dystopian stuff.  An educated guess would point to potential writer-reader soul mate-dom.  But a feeling has kept me away for years, a […]

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