Archive: Oct 2011

The Well-Hidden Wisdom of Children

By Randall Goodgame

Our favorite family ice cream stop is the Pied Piper Creamery. Tucked away in Berry Hill, one of Nashville’s quirky business districts, the PPC expanded from the original that has Read More ›

Hello From Oxford


[Editor’s Note: Lanier Ivester wasn’t able to make it to Hutchmoot this year, but while we were convening in Nashville, she stopped by the original Eagle and Child Pub in Oxford, England where she sat down in the Inklings’ Rabbit Room and wrote this post. We read it aloud during “The Telling of Tales” at Hutchmoot.] Read More ›

Slugs & Bugs: Under Where? — A Release Day Review

By Jonathan Rogers

In her keynote address at Hutchmoot a few weeks ago, Sally Lloyd-Jones told the harrowing story of a time she was left alone with a roomful of elementary-aged Sunday schoolers. The teacher Read More ›

Good Lessens

By S. D. Smith

When I do the dishes, I use way more water than my wife uses when she does them. This is because I am not as skilled as she is and I think that by an avalanche of water I may drown away my dish washing inadequacies. Of course, she doesn’t complain about the water.

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By Rebecca Reynolds

[Rebecca Reynolds (aka “Becca”) has quickly become one of my favorite writers. Her creativity has greatly affected my own in the past few months as we’ve been writing songs together. This post from her blog is typical of her depth of seeing and style –Ron Block] Read More ›


By Fernando Ortega

After my last post, I received quite the flurry of responses, most of them positive, some of them critical. Some people were quite offended, feeling that I had attacked their personal Read More ›

Story Shapes: Grotesque

By Travis Prinzi

[Editor’s note: This is a portion of Travis’s Hutchmoot session entitled The Shape of the Stories We Tell.] Read More ›

Longing and Belonging

By S. D. Smith

You know what a simile is? It’s like a metaphor. Well, Hutchmoot is like a Justin Gerard illustration. You look at the whole thing and you are amazed. But look closer at its many Read More ›

Art Museums for the Uninitiated

By Russ Ramsey

Let’s spend the afternoon at the art museum.” How do those words make you feel? Many, if not most of us, would probably admit to some apprehension. Why is this? Most of the art Read More ›

Wendell Berry and the Romanians: Story and Place

By Jonathan Rogers

In The Myth of the Eternal Return, Mircea Eliade tells the true story of a folklorist who schlepped around Romania collecting ballads and folk stories in the 1930s. He was especially Read More ›

Rabbit Room Interview: Buddy Greene

By Randall Goodgame

Randall Goodgame: Buddy, I can’t wait to talk with you about Harmonica Anthology. My whole family loves this record.

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It Is What It Is, But It Is Not What It Shall Be

By S. D. Smith

It is what it is. I read it on a cubicle wall. It’s a country-craft sign with large, cursive script, a script to make one curse. Words to echo the curse. The sign is made to look like it was made on a farm, but it was made in China. And not on a farm in China. The smooth, shimmering Read More ›

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