Frank Denton - The Rogue Raven
- Name: Frank Denton
- Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
A short note tonight as I am anxious to sit down for a couple of hours with a new book that just arrived from the History Book Club. It’s entitled London 1849; A Victorian Murder Story. The author is Michael Alpert. It purports to be a social history of London in the mid-19th century when lots of things were happening. The story revolves around the murder of Patrick O’Connor by Maria and Frederick Manning. Such things as the bus, the railway, the penny6 post, anaesthetics and the Telegraph were coming into being. Contraception, antiseptics and the employment of women for other than sweat labor and acting as governesses was beginning.
We’ve visited England a dozen times and always spend a week and sometimes more in London. We’ve done a lot of walking there. I find it a fascinating city. I remember being delighted last visit to walk from Trafalgar Square to St. Paul’s and thence to Seven Dials, where Agatha Christie set one of her mysteries. I’m anticipating that this book will tell me more about this city. It may turn out to be as fascinating as Peter Ackroyd’s London.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
One of my dear Indian friends, Jim La Belle, a Lakota, passed over early this week. Jim was a wonderful traditional dancer. That's a problem when one is part of the powwow family. Your friends are getting older, and begin to leave for the place beyond the sun. Jim will be greatly missed.
I watched The Fifth Element the other evening. In the early scene with Bruce Willis driving the air taxi I was struck with the likeness to the early scene in Bladerunner. The difference was that in Element the traffic was much thicker and craft were speeding in all directions at many levels. When Willis's taxi was trying to elude police I began to see that this was not going to be nearly as serious as Bladerunner. I thought it a pretty fair adventure movie. I'd love to know more about how the woman character (duh, don't remember her name) spoke the language that she did. She certainly had it down pat. It came across as believable. By the time we got to Richard Tucker, the drag queen, I had determined that this was an adventure comedy and I just sat back to enjoy it. I won't recommend it highly but if you want a giggle or two, lots of shooting on a intergalactic scale, hey, give it a try.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Kim, the Movie (1950)
Friday, February 11, 2005
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Allen Magee, Barry Lopez, and Pankaj Mishra
Several days later we attended a reading at the Eliot Bay Book Store. The reader was a young East Indian by the name of Pankaj Mishra. He has written for the Times Literary Supplement and for the New York Times Book review, as well as for Granta. His new book is An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. It's a sort of history of Buddhism coupled with Mishra's own introduction to and study of the history and current state of Buddhism, both in the east and in the western world. He read briefly from his book and then took questions from the audience. Mishra has traveled in Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar and other more Buddhist nations. He is going to spend nine months in New York although he admitted that he would rather spend it in Seattle. Quite educational. It's things like this that make the seventy-five year old brain turn over.
Friday, February 04, 2005
University of Washington Winter Powwow
As usual we saw many old friends from the powwow circle. Lots of greetings, lots of hugs. And as usual, with such a large extended family, there was bad news as well. A Lakota elder and good friend of ours had a heart attack and stroke while in the hospital for a procedure and is now in a coma. We learned of another friend, whom we had not seen for a while, who spent two weeks in the hospital and only recently has gone home. Our friend from Portland, who had his leg amputated, is healing and looking forward to being fitted with a prostheses. So good news, bad news. All in all we had a wonderful day. What more could you ask for.