My Favorite Posts

For a small-scale blogger, when you post (and how you tag it) is just as important as what you post, in terms of readership. You toss your post, like a little wooden boat, into the swift-running stream that runs through the blogosphere. Sometimes, if the sun hits it just right, it sparkles. The readers on the shore spy it and admire it as it floats by, and point it out to their friends. Other times, the shore is gray and stormy, or someone else’s more stately post floats by at the same time. At those times, your post drifts quietly and unnoticed down the stream into the vast ocean of the internet, and disappears.

These are posts I’ve written that I really like. Sometimes they sparkled; mostly, they drifted. Either way, I wanted to pull them up to shore, where they can stay and be contemplated a little longer.

NewImagePhoto: Jon Luty

FOLKLORE

One of my original motivations for writing this blog was to write about Filipino folklore. I’ve branched out, since then, to other forms of folklore and superstition.

Footsteps From Empty Rooms: This is from a group of posts called Stories My Parents Tell Me; I like them all, but this one is my favorite. About multo (ghosts) — naturally.

Family Folklore Research: Also from Stories My Parents Tell Me. This one is about the aswang, possibly the best known of the Filipino monsters. Features Lynda Barry, too.

Johnny Cash, the Wild Hunt, and Lord Shiva: From a group of posts called Folklore in Music. It’s about the song Riders in the Sky.

The First Bananas: A Tale from Bikol: Bikolano folktale, told with words and photos, comic book style. I originally created this for my previous blog Ephemera, then used it to jump-start this one.

READING

On Paper and Electrons: Paper is wonderful, but ebooks do have some advantages.

A Different Kind of Science Fiction: In which I argue that what we call “science fiction” is really about technology. But there is fiction that is really about science.

Hamlet in Nigeria: A synopsis of the classic anthropology paper “Shakespeare in the Bush.” You should read the original, too — I link to it in the post.

How to Justify a Private Library: This one is actually on Ephemera; it got re-discovered a few months ago and it seems people liked it. I am happy to say our library no longer looks as chaotic as it does in the photos here.

WRITING

The Book Review as Creative Prose: There are other reasons to read or write a book review, besides the book itself.

I Write, Therefore I Think: This is actually on my professional blog, but I reblogged it here at Multo. On the relationship between writing and thinking.

MUSINGS AND MEMORIES

The Scent of Old Book: Featured on Freshly Pressed.

Ramblings and Random Linkages: Observations about Lewis Carroll and M.R. James

Of Eggs and Hummingbirds: and God, and natural selection. This is my absolute favorite post on the blog.

Saltair and the Carnival of Souls: “is saltair haunted” is a surprisingly common search engine link to my blog. Saltair is a pavilion on the shore of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. It was featured in the cult horror movie Carnival of Souls.

In Praise and Memory of Serendipity: An ode to what was one of my favorite bookstores, ever.

Not Quite Ghost Stories: Well, the blog is called Multo (Ghost). Occasionally, I ought to try to tell ghost stories.

A Daisy Chain of Words and Pictures: Every so often I find a cool quote or three that I really like, but I don’t know what to do with. Here, I chained together a bunch of them with photographs (mostly taken by me) that seemed to fit. There’s supposed to be a progression in the quotes, a conversation that they are having with each other. But maybe no one can hear that conversation but me.

Mirror, Mirror: On my relationship with my mirrors.

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