Tuesday, June 1, 2010


My friend Jill behind the food around the pool at her house. A nearly identical scene is the subject of my recent Oxford American story. The sausage at the front is from this place.

Iva Bittová, Elida (2005, Rhapsody) and Iva Bittová (2005, Rhapsody)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Beyond Today (2010, streaming from the L.A. Times)
Spencer Drate and Judith Salavetz, Five Hundred 45s: A Graphic History of the Seven-Inch Record
(2010, Amazon)
R. Buckminster Fuller, And It Came to Pass...Not to Stay (1976, Amazon)

Media Announcement: My interview with Colin Hay from Men At Work is in the current issue of 225. He's appearing at the Manship Theatre on July 9, 2010.

I very much appreciate having both a bookstore and a massive academic library within walking distance from my office. The pleasures of each are more complimentary than conflicting, for instance, I would not have cleared my head with a fat parade of a book stuffed with 45's covers arranged by a compelling design logic were it bound up in dullsville library binding, yet would likely not have spent a moment reading R. Buckminster Fuller's giant scientific poems if a bookstore ever carried them. Amazon merely inspires linkage.

From Fuller's "How Little I Know" (1966)
Song of the Dead
And the Quick---
Newton was a noun
And Einstein is a verb,
Einstein's norm makes Newton's norm
"A body persists
In a state of rest
Or ---
Except as affected---"
Thus grave stones are erected!
♫ Iva Bittová, "Ples Upiru (The Vampires' Ball)" (Rhapsody)

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