Ithaca is Our Density

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Editor's note: Reprinted with permission from Tompkins Weekly ... Errata mine ... Correx to 4th graf should read: "Scrapings from unexplained holes in the 'statues' were carbon-dated, revealing traces of an intoxicant much resembling hashish."  ... To read in full, easy type, go to Tompkins Weekly online and find their Oct. 12, 2015 edition.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:58

Cayuga Lake Books publishes Anthology of Finger Lakes Writers

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From the Finger Lakes: A Prose Anthology, published in 2015, contains the work of some of central New York’s finest writers. Some are nationally recognized––such as Diane Ackerman, Paul West, Alison Lurie, James McConkey––many are locally well-known––Carol Kammen, Kenneth A. McClane, Gene Endres, Katharyn Howd Machan, Leslie Daniels, Brad Edmondson and others––and many are soon-to-be-discovered and will be much-admired for their eloquence, humor, and passion when readers find them in the anthology. Cover art by Mary Shelley, a wood carving "Rowing on Cayuga Lake, Early Summer Morning (2015)."

The editors have selected a wide variety of first-rate material, half fiction, half nonfiction whose authors range in age from 23 to 93. Many write about life in the Ithaca area––its varied people, its natural wonders, its quirky lifestyles––and others report on parts of the world less “centrally isolated,” including India, Sri Lanka, New York’s Lower East Side, the American Midwest.

Writers include: Diane Ackermann, Jo Ann Beard, Paul Cody, Gerard H. Cox, Leslie Daniels, Douglas Green, Brian Hall, Glynis Hart, Nino Lama, Kenneth A. McLane, James McConkey, Sonali Samarasinghe, David S. Warren, Fred A. Wilcox, Jason Brown, Alice Fulton, Ellen Hartmann, Lamar Herrin, Dian I. Hillmann, Minfong Ho, J. Robert Lennon, Beth Lordan, Kathryn Howd Machan, Jeane Mackin, Maureen McCoy, Holly Menino, Micha Perks, Stephen Poleskie, Barbara Adams, Joane Cipolla-Dennis, Franklin Crawford, Anthony Direnzo, Amber Donofrio, Brad Edmondson, Gene Endres, Mary Gilliland, Ann Grodzins Gold. Daniel Gold, David Guaspari, Ira Rabois, Jeff Stein, Paul West

From the Finger Lakes: A Prose Anthology is available at bookstores and other Ithaca shops, as well as on Amazon. Or you can order copies directly from the printer at

On November 8th at the Tompkins County Public Library, and on November 15th at Buffalo Street Books, Cayuga Lake Books will hold two book-launch readings, both from 2-5 in the afternoon. The public is cordially invited.

On these occasions, many of the authors will read from their work, answer questions from the audience, and sign books for the public. We’re confident that––with Ithaca’s enthusiasm for good writing and local authors––these will be popular community events.

- From Cayuga Lakes PR


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 18:42

Tiny Town Teaser No. 10, Vol. 7

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1. With 4 Across, college major
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5. Kind of ware


1. Major and Brown, e.g.
2. Theater Co.
3. Big name in the freezer aisle
Degree of Difficulty: Saying good bye to summer
IMAGE: Waterfall cave at Ludlowville Falls. Franklin Crawford

The Phenomenon of Composer Owen Lennon ... in his own words ...

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BLENDING OUT: Owen Lennon, 18, with preternatural fear of bicycles and little sense of the future aside, Mr. Lennon creates a wealth of music, from Indie to experimental electronic music, ambient soundscapes and dark explorations of a sublunary sonic subconscious;  all hint at a daunting precocity and the dreaded "G" word ...  His tunes can be found on bandcamp under a variety of heteronyms that are all fractures revealing veins of rich musical ore inside the corpus callosum of one of Tiny Town's promising free range composers. Photo credit: Frankie14850; Images below designed by Mr. Lennon taken  covers for two very different recordings.
Editor's note: A few weeks back The Admin wrote a piece about Owen Lennon's work to date with some backchat. It had a couple errors and so, we gave our Music Reporter, C. Penbroke Handy the rare opportunity to make it right. So here, essentially is a short take on Owen Lennon, 18, a notable Tiny Towner indeed, although he currently hails form the Ellis Hollow precincts. He is the son of  novelist John R. Lennon,  professor of creative writing at Cornell, who also writes short stories and book reviews. His mother, Rhian,is a novelist. Says Owen "They also do a bunch of other things that don't make any money."

1) Describe the arc of your discovering music to making music to making a lot of music to having some control over what you are doing so it's not all experimental, if that moment has come or not.

I discovered music at birth, because my father played music, and it was just everywhere all the time. I always listened to it. I became interested in making music when I was about 13 years old, and at first it was just strumming the guitar and whatnot, but eventually I discovered that I enjoyed producing recordings more than playing songs. It was just a song here and there until the age of 15, when I discovered ambient music, and got really into the conceptual element of putting together an album, and trying to create something emotionally poignant. That's when I really gained control of my music-making ability. I think taking yourself seriously is important. even if you believe your art is no good.
2) How do you work with lyrics? Tune, then lyrics, lyrics and tune, trial and error. Point to some of your favorite words.

I write lyrics after the musical structure of the song is already in place. By that time I already know what the themes of the song are, and I can just sit down and write all the lyrics in one sitting. It comes pretty naturally, and I've learned to editorialize while not being overly critical of the idea as a whole. I've got a bunch of techniques I use to structure lyrics that speed up the process somewhat. As for words, I tend to use a lot of words like "remember" and "maybe", and also imagery like "bird", and "moon".

Owen's cover for a piece about the lunar eclipse of April 2014.

3) Okay, for the uninitiated: Please provide an "Owen Lennon" discography ... A list of recordings compiled in compact disc form and what you consider albums -- and please describe why it is necessary these days to stop called collections of music "CDs" -- maybe I'm the only one who is doing it.
"Owen Lennon" is one name of several that I use when making music. Every name has a different style and sound associated with it. "Weeping Crone" is still my music, but it has a totally different sound. The pseudonyms are typically in place to distance the music from my identity.
Here is a look at several of the heteronyms Mr. Lennon employs in addition to his given name, when creating disrete packages of music:
Owen Lennon - Indie folk songs associated with my actual identity
Weeping Crone - Ambient music
Motorcyclez - Experimental pop music
Moon Factory - Dark music, collabortion with Jackson Quinn Gray

Here are his albums in chronological order, with the heteronyms they represent:
The Dawn's Chorus (Weeping Crone, 2012)
Ferroskeleton (Weeping Crone, 2013)
Oatmeal (Owen Lennon, 2013)
Grin! (Owen Lennon, 2013)
Spider Music (Owen Lennon, 2013)
Creation (Weeping Crone, 2014)
The Night Organ (Owen Lennon, 2014)
Dark Orange (Weeping Crone, 2014)
P&C Fresh (Motorcyclez, 2015)
Golden Deformity (Owen Lennon, 2015)
Tongue (Moon Factory, 2015)
You can call them CDs if you like, but it's not technically accurate because only two of them have had physical CD releases.
He currently perform with the punk band Anansi; Their next gig is on Sat., Oct. 17th at the Chanticleer loft.

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4) If you wish, talk about what it means, exactly, to have no sense of the future. I am very curious about whatever so-called "existential angst" or sense of dread experienced by younger people in the current state of the world.

There is no future because it hasn't been made yet. There isn't even any guarantee that it will be made - death is around every corner. My existential angst has less to do with the state of the world, and more with the ongoing patterns of suffering and desperation in the cosmic sphere as a whole. Not a physical problem, but the idea that every soul is under the control of an all powerful and malevolent demiurge. - we exist to suffer, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
5) Is music saving your butt right now? Is there a better way to describe a fear of bicycles or -- not the thing itself, but whatever preternatural experience that gives rise to a dissociative sense when observing a person on a bicycle.

Music isn't really saving me, but I suppose it's helping me cope with it all. The experience of seeing a bicycle in a synchronistic context is akin to seeing the cracks in everything, and becoming vaguely aware of the deeply sinister nature that underlies all of the conscious experience. It's enough to signal that something is deeply wrong, but not enough to inform me as to what the problem is or how to deal with it. It's a heartbreak - a betrayal of familiarity.

If that sounds bleak, consider that Mr. Lennon recently stated a website for post-post-modern jokes. It is called ...
Here you will find an example from his Motorcyclez collection ...
-- C. Penbroke Handy
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