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Announcing: Don’t Care None

I’m very pleased to announce the publication of my first book, Don’t Care None: A Collection of Uncle Oscar Stories.

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The book grew out of a chance encounter with a treasured childhood memory.  I was in a store in a coastal resort town in Maine one summer day and saw a book of Bert and I stories by Marshall Dodge and Robert Bryan for sale.  These stories, particularly in audio form, were a big part of my youth and represent, in my opinion, the pinnacle of Maine storytelling and Down East humor.  Over the years, I lost track of my copies of the old stories and no longer had the tapes I used to listen to (or a tape player for that matter).  I hadn’t thought about Bert and I for years and was delighted to come across these stories again.  So, I made an impulse purchase and walked out of the store with the book and promptly devoured it.

I came away from this experience with two observations.  First, that the Bert and I stories were funny and, at times, profound.  The second observation was that I could see perspectives and currents of thought in the work of Dodge and Bryan that echoed ideas found in a wide variety of sources which I had encountered over the years, from the Mulla Nasrudin stories of the Islamic Sufi Idries Shah, to the traditional tales of the Mad Monk Ji Gong in Chinese literature, various Buddhist teaching stories I picked up from Alan Watts and other sources.

My hope is that Don’t Care None can be enjoyed on the same two levels on which it was written: by losing oneself in the time and place, in the cultural milieu in which it is set, but also by appreciating the larger philosophy that animates Uncle Oscar’s perspective.

As always, thanks for reading,

S.R. Hardy

 

Ertu Hagr? New Essay in Eternal Haunted Summer

I had an essay published today in the Winter Solstice issue of Eternal Haunted Summer called “Ertu Hagr?  The Gilded Sow and Esoteric Symbolism in Hreiðar’s Tale” which breaks down the surprising layers of meaning at play in Hreiðar’s Tale.  The phrase translates as “Are you skillful?” and is asked of the titular character, Hreiðar, by King Magnus the Good.  The essay unpacks the different levels of meaning in the question and the resulting answer.

You can read the essay here and my translation of Hreiðar’s Tale here.

Thanks for reading,

S.R. Hardy

 

 

 

 

 

New Translation Published: Hreiðar’s Tale

I am excited to announce that I have published a translation of Hreiðar’s Tale, a medieval Icelandic þattr (a short comedic tale) here on Anarcheologos.

The tale comes from Morkinskinna and tells the story of a “holy fool” character from Icelandic literature, Hreiðar Heimski, and his adventures in Norway as he becomes embroiled in a feud between King Magnús the Good and his uncle and co-ruler, King Harald Hardrada.  The tale works on two levels in that it is a conventional story with comedic elements, but the (unknown) author also makes use of esoteric symbolism that adds a layer of meaning that is intriguing.

You can read the story here.   Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

S.R. Hardy

Les Cabinets des Polytheistes is Out

My story “The Thin King” is included in the just released anthology Les Cabinets des Polytheistes: An Anthology of Pagan Fairy Tales, Fables, and Nursery Rhymes from Bibliotheca Alexandrina.  Congratulations and thanks are due to Rebecca Buchanan for another great editing job and to Paula Arwen Owen for creating a stunning cover.

The anthology is available on Amazon as of 4/29/16.  I encourage everyone to pick up a copy.

Thanks for reading,

S.R. Hardy

 

 

New Poem in Eternal Haunted Summer

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have a poem in the Spring Equinox edition of Eternal Haunted Summer.  It is called “Through Blood, the Knowledge.”  Please check it out.  I hope you like it.

As always, thanks for reading.

SR Hardy

New Story in Upcoming Anthology

I’m happy to announce that my short story “The Thin King” has been accepted for publication in the upcoming anthology Les Cabinets des Polythéistes: An Anthology of Pagan Fairy Tales, Fables, and Nursery Rhymes.

The anthology is being edited by Rebecca Buchanan and published by Bibliotheca Alexandrina, with an expected release in Winter 2016.

I’ll update with another post once it is released.

Thanks for reading,

S.R. Hardy

New Poem in Eternal Haunted Summer

I’m pleased to announce that I have a poem in the new Summer Solstice 2015 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer entitled “The Snake and the Kettle.”  It is a retelling of Thor’s journey to find a kettle to hold the ale for the Aesir’s feast, which includes his famous battle with Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent.

Please check it out.  I hope you like it.

S.R. Hardy

New Poem in Eternal Haunted Summer

I’m pleased to announce that I have a poem in the Autumn Equinox 2014 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer called “My Own Hermopolis“.  Please check it out.

Thanks for reading,

S.R. Hardy

New Poem in Mythic Circle #36

I’m happy to announce that I have a new poem entitled “Odin Wins the Mead of Poetry” in issue #36 of Mythic Circle.  It tells the story of Odin’s infiltration of Suttung’s mountain lair and the deal he strikes with the giant’s daughter to gain the mead.  As with my other narrative mythological poems, it is written in fornyrðislag meter.

Copies of Mythic Circle can be purchased from the journal’s website.  Please check it out and buy a copy to support the publication.

Thanks for reading,

S.R. Hardy

 

New Poem in Eternal Haunted Summer

I have a new poem in the Summer Solstice 2014 issue of Eternal Haunted Summer entitled “The Chaining of Loki.”  It is part of my retelling of the Norse mythological cycle in fornyrðislag meter.  Please check it out, as well as the other excellent work on EHS.

Thanks,

S.R. Hardy