Red Clay Bestiary

Fletcher Moore
Fresh cut words, arranged into pleasing shapes twice monthly.
Created 26 Jul 2020
  • Too Much Star Trek
    07 Dec 2021 • 8 min read
    If you’ve come to me today for insight on Omicron or the meaning of Christmas or the inherent self-destructiveness of Bitcoin, I have bad news for you. Thanks to last fortnight’s unexpected burst of s...
  • Patrick Followup
    30 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    Hi folks, just wanted to send you a quick missive to say thank you for your generosity vis-a-vis last week’s request. We raised a cool $500,1 which is a bit over twice what was required. I bought the ...
  • A Request for Aid
    23 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 5 1
    Patrick introduced himself to me on Twitter thus, “Hello, how are you doing? Nice to meet you, I'm from The Gambia, West Africa.” Klaxons. Ordinarily an unsolicited message from a West African sets of...
  • Firestarter
    09 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    When you stop and think about it for a moment, the lighter—that thing you use to light up a cigarette or set fire to a village in Vietnam—is a miracle of ingenuity. For most of human history starting ...
  • One Little Kiss and Felina Goodbye
    26 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 3
    To retrieve the memories and sensations of the past, Proust relied mainly on the taste of crumbly cakes moistened with lime-blossom tea. The rest of humanity relies on songs. Songs are emotionally cha...
  • The Child is the Father of the Man
    12 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 4 4
    What late people don’t understand about us on-time people is that we hate you and the reason why we hate you is that it’s so easy to be on time. You just have to be early and early lasts for hours. An...
  • Subscriptions Update
    05 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Howdy folks. Just a quick note to those of you who subscribed. First, thank you yet again—you’re keeping this little boat alive and for that I’m deeply grateful. Second, as some of you are awaiting va...
  • Cat Person
    28 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 2 5
    Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, 1525-1594, was an Italian Renaissance composer of church music. By “church music” I don’t mean a bunch of midwestern Lutherans perfunctorily chanting “A Mighty Fortre...
  • To Go Boldly
    14 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    In color, no less! Star Trek was a big part of my childhood, though I wouldn’t say I’m a Trekkie. I found a lot of other things to occupy my attention and Kirk and the gang faded into the background; ...
  • One Year Done Gone
    31 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Bought a quart of muscadines from Publix a couple days ago and ate the whole mess in one go, as is my custom. Muscadine season, of course, means it’s been one year since I started writing these little...
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