I’m very happy to announce that, starting today, Off The Tracks will be hosting Jim Wilson’s blog, A Tinker’s Cuss. Jim Wilson is a writer and a passionate advocate for the arts – his poetry-on-posters campaign just might make him a saint for those who care about such things. Jim has been several things in this lifetime already and I get the feeling he’s had several lifetimes already. His blog started its life on the Phantom Billstickers Facebook page and now it begins another lifetime here at Off The Tracks.
I like Jim’s writing – for many reasons. The main reason though is because I believe it. I believe in it. I can tell he does too.
And so for you to believe in it – especially if you’re coming to it for the first time – it’s important for us to start the blog from the middle, which is to say the point where Jim started writing it. You’ll get the feeling, right away I hope, that Jim’s been living his blog his whole life. And the point where he started writing it down is then the nominal starting point. That means there’ll be references that have dated, there’ll be events that have happened, there’ll be descriptions of places from so very inside the moment that you’ll be reading about now far outside that timeframe – but I want you all to get a sense of the journey and the writing.
A Tinker’s Cuss started as part-travelogue, part-memoir, part reaction to daily life. I’m sure it will continue on in much the same way but these first writings come from America, from time travelling in and around America. Jim’s back in New Zealand (for) now so future writings will reflect that.
Anyway, we’ll be posting up a weekly read for y’all on a Saturday morning. Starting back near the start and always right in the middle…I hope you like the writing. I hope you enjoy the experience of reading it; of his living it.