Category Archives: Yellow Pine Journalism

A Meaty Mystery for Prof. Bespokus

Lately someone anonymous has been sending artisanal cured meats – charcuterie – to the Lost Art Press storefront. Addressed to “Professor Bespokus,” each small package has contained two lovely sausages but no indicator as to who sent them. The meats … Continue reading

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On Obsolescence. This is Not a Complaint.

This morning about 4 a.m. I sat bolt upright in bed when the bells at the Niederaltaich Abbey began making an end-of-the-world clanging. Instead of cursing, however, I laid back and felt a small measure of solidarity with the noisemakers. … Continue reading

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Get Your Fill at Suckfüll

This morning I freaked out a bit. Tomorrow I head to Dictum GmbH’s classroom at Niederaltaich Abbey, and I realized that I’ve forgotten my universal translator. The universal translator has nothing to do with transforming my English to German (the … Continue reading

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A One-line Philosophy on the Internet

“A wise man once said: Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” — Chapter 10, “Legion”

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‘We’re All Frauds’

The book that became “Chairmaker’s Notebook” began as a chat with chairmakers Peter Galbert and Curtis Buchanan. We made a plan to produce a video of Curtis building a chair that would be accompanied by a pamphlet from Peter illustrating … Continue reading

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Another Chester Cornett Rocker (or When Routers Attack!)

Today Brendan Gaffney and I got a rare up-close look at one of Chester Cornett’s rockers during a preview for an antiques auction in Cincinnati. The walnut rocking chair was one of Cornett’s later pieces. And after a close examination, … Continue reading

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Paul R. Schwarz (1942-2018)

We don’t know much about the “Schwarz” side of my family, such as when exactly they came to the United States or where they emigrated from. There are family stories that involve the Ukraine. Plus a curious tale about a … Continue reading

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