It’s been a long time. I shouldn’t have left you. Things kind of went out the window as Emma and I went off to get married (a big thanks to Henry for throwing in his update here!). After the wedding itself we went on the road through California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. It was a magical month, even if reality crept in and reminded us that the world don’t stop. Thanks especially to motel cable and cranky wi-fi, our thoughts were in Iran a lot of the time. Fingers still crossed here for a sensible outcome of the crisis there.

In the coming days I’ll share a few thoughts and such from the trip, but will mainly concentrate on getting the blog up and running again. Unfortunately, this is also crunch time for my PhD dissertation, so expect erraticism.

Above is an image from the highway leading into Monument Valley from the Arizona side. olddemontooth.jpgThe rock on the right immediately made me think of Dante’s Mount Purgatory — don’t know why, but that’s it. We first saw it from miles away — it appeared between two canyon ridges that seemed to act as a threshold beyond which was this hazy apparition. As we got closer, it on the other hand brought to mind Carl Bark’s Old Demon Tooth (from Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #157, 1953), which it especially resembles from the Utah side. I wonder whether he got it from a photo in National Geographic, but it’s probably just a coincidence.

Here it is, in motion and with soundtrack: