Holidays

In the space between Christmas and New Year’s I’ve been looking through the “Children’s Picture Dictionary,” which my dear friend Dr. Megan Biesele helped get done – it’s a communal effort by the San people of Namibia/Botswana to produce a written children’s picture dictionary of their unwritten language. It promises to be a model for other languages which have as yet no dictionary. Wonderful children’s drawings of animals – the hartebeest, spotted hyena, striped mongoose, blue wildebeest – and that’s just the first two pages! Also fire-making sticks, ostrich egg, gemsbok tracks, thumb piano, rain, and most wonderful, the picture of “sing.” Megan is based here in Austin – her home – and if you ever get a chance to hear her talk about her years in Africa, working with the San people – or anything else- don’t miss it.

I’ve just started “Capturing Music: the Story of Notation” by Thomas Forrest Kelly. It addresses the recording of pitch, the recording of rhythm – which just stokes the unslaked curiosity to know what temple music sounded like 3000 years ago, what Greek choruses sounded like, what our first human songs were?

Bookstores

  • Ghost Dog , Ghost Cave , Ghost Letter and Ghost Dagger are available at independent bookstores as well as on Amazon and Kindle.
  • Find them at BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703;
  • Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe 87501, and
  • MacDonald Bookshop, 152 E. Elkhorn, Estes Park, CO 80517.
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Now Ghost Dagger is available on Kindle as well as in print! Kindle link.