Rainy Day Folklore

The incrementally artistic communiqués and missives of a frustrated folklorist

Urban Folklore Summer 2014

Check out this study away program for summer 2014. Pretty sweet if you like cool things. 

Training Day 2
Memorial, 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
The Birmingham Sunlights at the 16th Street Baptist Church

Seeing this tomorrow night…

Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hallows (The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress)

The definitive history of Halloween by folklorist Jack Santino. Enjoy.


Almost died today. Look up…

Couldn’t figure out why my ears were bleeding all day. Then I remembered the last thing I heard before bed was Blake Shelton singing a Lionel Ritchie song.

That’ll do it.

Walking Dead

Nope. Not the show. Our staff. 

The 25th Southern Festival of Books (my ninth) was, by far, the biggest, busiest, and most kick ass festival ever. 

Highlights: Meeting Congressman John Lewis and hearing Al Gore talk about Spider Goats (google it if you want nightmares forever). Also lots of well wishes from festival friends for the baby. That was nice. 

If you need me, I’ll be napping.