The Drama of Everyday

[Disclosure: Silverbelle C. Jane Taylor (Hinesburg SBs) is a resident of The Jungle and is an occasional contributor to Silverback Digest. And the publisher, SB Bill Schubart, also of the Hineburg SBs, is also a contributor. SB SM] Spirit Traffic is a remarkable book about the unremarkable. "Unremarkable" in that it's not about epic experiences... Continue Reading →

The Tales of J. … In The Beginning

by Silverback J. (Mendocino Bonobos) Once upon a love affair, a tiny tadpole swam. Or was it a pollywog? Tadpole, pollywog, what’s the difference? Anyway, it was very warm and very dark there where the tiny taddywog swam. Soft and warm and wet and dark. And there was no up or down or in or... Continue Reading →

Wash Your Hands

[All of my adult life I've kept a dairy of Million Dollar Ideas and How to Save the Planet. I've filled six volumes, and the only thing I can say with complete certainty is that I've never made a nickel from any of them. Chocolate whipped cream? A no-brainer. A dog rental agency? Can't miss.... Continue Reading →

Tales of J. … Winter Solstice

by SB J. Holden (Mendocino Bonobos) Yeh, I know, it happens to all of us. “God’s Plan” or whatever. Doesn’t mean we have to like it, this business about getting old. Some plan! It’s damn insidious if you ask me, creeping up stealthily on you one moment at a time, without asking and while you’re... Continue Reading →

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

How Filipino Sailors—and Coconuts—Helped Create Mexico’s National Drink by Gideon Lasco Most people see tequila and mezcal as quintessentially Mexican spirits—but recent research has uncovered their unlikely connection with the Philippines. While visiting Oaxaca, Mexico, last year, I joined a mezcal tasting tour. The guide, Antonio, asked participants to introduce ourselves. When I told everyone I... Continue Reading →

Incipits?

[When I was a traditional book publisher, I would always give a submitted manuscript the first sentence test. While you can't judge a book by its cover, you can judge a book pretty damn accurately by its first sentence. Cover art is never been done by the author, and always has the ulterior goal of... Continue Reading →

Experience: My Scream is Famous

"Experience" is a regular feature by Ashley Peldon published in The Guardian, April 8, 2022 Ashley Peldon lets it all out in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Bradley Meinz/The Guardian If I see a bug, I will scream. I’ll shriek when I’m scared or startled. It’s just so natural, it comes right out. This ability to scream... Continue Reading →

Enough Fun?

Got some spare time this morning? Next time you look at your watch it will be time for lunch. Here's what's going on a mile beneath the surface of the ocean: https://twitter.com/wonderofscience/status/1506970360519962633?s=20&t=Gcq6ZmQdph5uFm185HRcTQ Want to dispel some misconceptions? Here's a list from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_misconceptions?ref=stumbled.to&utm_content=null&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Tuesday%204/19%20Email&utm_term=4ABCD Spend a couple of minutes with this, and I guarantee you will... Continue Reading →

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