- Glimmerglass 2014
- Thaliad 2012
- The Foliate Head 2012
- A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage 2012
- The Throne of Psyche 2011
- Val/Orson 2009
- Ingledove 2005
- Claire 2003
- The Curse of the Raven Mocker 2003
- The Wolf Pit 2001
- Catherwood 1996
- Little Jordan 1995
- Short stories and poems
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is the best-kept secret among contemporary American writers.
--John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture
Saturday, September 09, 2006
The Palace Aphorisms, no. 10
Photo credit and information below.
From the first series of
The Palace Aphorisms,
devoted to that immortal topic
"Fat People & Tourists."
Fat men are hell on joggling boards.
Now, if you happen to be the unfortunate soul who does not know what a joggling board is, you may pay a visit to The Original Old Charleston Joggling Board Company on King St. in Charleston, or you may hop to their more e-thereal address at http://www.oldcharlestonjogglingboard.com/. Their motto is Put a Joggle in Your Life, and it's not bad advice. As the joggling board makers say, "The Old Charleston Joggling Board has been part of Lowcountry life since the early 1800's and is still seen on porches, piazzas and in gardens throughout the Lowcountry. Legend has it that there was never an unmarried daughter at the home that had a Joggling Board."
As a proper South Carolinian, I can say that I have joggled in my time, and that I hope to joggle again, preferably in a lush, lovely, hot Charleston garden and not in a Cooperstown snow drift.
The picture of the joggling board above belongs wholly and exclusively to The Original Old Charleston Joggling Board Company, and is probably not supposed to be pilfered for blogs. I shall have to inquire. Perhaps they will take pity on the unfortunate Carolinian in shivering exile.
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I have taken the liberty of effusing about The Old Charleston Joggling Board Company on my wee blog, and of snitching a picture from your web site to illustrate, all as part of an ongoing and entirely serious (dead serious!) series of aphorisms. I hope you will forgive me for the pilferage! If not, I hope you will inform your lawyers that I am a penniless writer, living in a faraway snow drift.
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There. That ought to do.