“far-reaching and evocative collection of essays . . . a wonderfully lucid writer, expressing complex content in graceful language . . . Doughty is teaching as he writes: Astrologers can ‘possibly avert disaster , or at least be in greater readiness . . . Such anticipation is one of the many urgent tasks — including, especially, medical astrology in combination with herbal medicine—for practitioners of astrology in the Long Emergency.’” . . . infused with intelligence and kindness. It is a unique contribution to understanding the nature of our time.” — from review in The Mountain Astrologer, April/May 2019
“I’ve been enjoyably reading away, and find it very engaging.. Congratulations! I wasn’t aware you were putting together something of this magnitude. . . . Your repeating lead also strikes me as imaginative and strong. I’m talking about “Twin Cities ephemera… ” To many, readers, including to me, ephemera, will be a new, good and worthy word. Your repeated use of it, by the third time or so, had driven me to the dictionary.” — reader JRW
To view contents, introduction and excerpts, go here. (About two-thirds of the chapters in Scenes consist of recycled and reconditioned blog posts from my previous blog, Astroplethorama (2012 – 2018). Articles from December 2017 through February 2019 remain archived there.)
I must give a shout-out to my illustrious designer, Paul Nylander. After a long winter of solitary work on editing previously-published blog posts and writing new material, I was so ready for some in-person collaboration. My only regularly scheduled social time had been at the Letterpress 1 class at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where the seven or eight of us were tasked with producing a broadside utilizing both wooden and metal type.
Lingering near the back door to the Open Book Center one of those evenings, I noticed an ad for Paul’s services on the bulletin board.
I had accumulated a number of visual notions that were in need of winnowing and reality-checking. Paul was most skillful in guiding me through the process of choosing the visual elements for cover and text, as well as helping me to remember how welcome would be an index: an item often omitted in this era in which professional editing is minimal or absent. Plus, he was knowledgeable about papers and cover options, and had the computer savvy to create a section divider — many of the blog posts had introductory local observations (“Twin Cities ephemera”), followed by the main story.
Rather than reading more verbiage from me about it, have a look at how Paul described his understanding of the project and his role.