Thursday, January 31, 2008

now playing: Marisa Siegel

The Red Button

Sunday, January 27, 2008

now playing: Marisa Siegel

The Sliding

Idiolexicon sparks demonstrations.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event

Anna Oxygen (with back-up dancers) performs.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week, The Nation takes a look at the legacy of George Oppen.

The Center For Public Integrity released its study outlining over 900 false statements made by Bush administration officials in the lead-up to the Iraq occupation.

With global markets dropping to historic levels Monday, and the U.S. recession clearly underway, we look into several articles outlining the causes and solutions of what's going on: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

The American Prospect and Alternet both looked into the coming battle over health care.

Finally this week, will coffee become another casualty of global warming?

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The nerdiest thing I've done this week

In case you missed it (and how could you, really?) the Library of Congress has paired with Flickr for a project as interesting as it is innovative. The Library of Congress is making thousands of images available that up until now have languished without captions and context, hoping that the metadata community will pick up the torch.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event

The National perform.

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

This week, The American Prospect wonders if quirky characters are ruining indie cinema.

In the economics roundup, Common Dreams, The Financial Times Of London, The Raw Story, The Washington Post and The American Prospect all look at the current Republican recession.

In environmental news, Alternet looks at the future of drinking water, and Salon discusses environmental policy in the Arctic.

Slate magazine delves into the conundrum facing Nabakov's grandson over his dying wish to have his last manuscript burned.

Finally, Bob Cesca reminds us all that President Bush shouldn't be dancing with swords.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Stan Lee is the new Auguste Rodin

I went to a show at the MoMA in San Francisco not so long ago of Henrí Matisse sculpture. Matisse's imperfect sculptures were placed next to the original, more pristine sculptures of Rodin, and the comparison made Matisse's work even more interesting, in a real wabi sabi sort of way.

Well, at gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, there's a new kick-ass show of various artists interpreting the works of Stan Lee. It's kind of the best thing I've seen this year. All seventeen days of it, but still.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Recommended Reading

Novel Pictorial Noise – Poems by Noah Eli Gordon

In Novel Pictorial Noise, Noah Eli Gordon shifts frequencies as he has so deftly in the past, while establishing human connections across great analogous space. His prose style, for all its inroads into philosophy and bourgeois culture, becomes more interestingly a reflection of the speaker, an image of self told by removing the object from its signatory and replacing it with an observable, yet unknowable, context.

He laments those things that segue our attention from substance to substance – that we recall the transitory as having been the substance itself. His poems then become wonderful counterpoint; overloaded with substance while his hinges are frail and imperfect. A marvelous contrast acted out on the stage of poetry as a sort of Grand Guignol.

Gordon's wit and knack for off-beat analogy, pairing and simile are on display in their finest forms. He builds a subtext of straight rhetoric, which, at first glance is illusionary though its presence is clearly gleaned. A narrative of well-tooled language existing completely in the mind of the individual reader, however, as the poems move forward a closeness to the metaphorical appears, an intelligent design to the primordial ooze of verse. A wonderful, worth-reading Jenga of language Cubism and hissing pops of a record player.


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Artist turns a Toys R Us giraffe doll into a replica of her friend.

And what have you done so far today?

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event

Two Gallants perform.

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

It's about time the New York Times started covering the world of good beer.

And for something almost tragically different, the Pentagon is flirting with the idea of medicating troops to numb them to war.

In economics this week, American Progress examines Bush's budget priorities. Alternet dives into the credit-industrial complex and reminds us we're already living in a recession. The Financial Times Of London examines the uptick in gold as world markets and the US dollar tumble. Common Sense looks deeper down the economic hole.

In environmental news, Salon reports on American's water problem as well as the double edged sword of organic jeans. Common Dreams talks with a poet and old-tyme farmer, while Alternet reports on China's pollution revolution and discusses the environmental disparity between the rich and poor.

Finally, the New Hampshire roundup, featuring seven articles of analysis: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7; two articles of fallout: 1 2; and one on the resulting conspiracy theory.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Geometry of Circles

Isn't Stan's video amazing? If you haven't checked it out yet, please do.

The Philip Glass soundtrack got me thinking about those great Geometry of Circles videos from Sesame Street. Looking on Youtube, I noticed that someone named aa1979 is recreating the animations in Apple Keynote, giving them a crisp, not-30-years-old look.

I'm glad the originals stil exist, but these are pretty cool.

Idiolexicon Poetry Series

It's coming.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

now playing: Stanford Chen

Mother Tongue

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Saturday Night Main Event

The Devil Makes Three perform live at the 330 Club.

Saturday Morning (Journalism) Quarterback

The top five stories worth reading from this past week in worth-reading stories:

More years in review from Alternet and Salon, plus books that will change the world, and Scientific American's Year In Robots. Also, today marks 105 years since Thomas Edison electrocuted an elephant for some reason.

The Financial Times Of London, Common Dreams and Alternet all look forward to the economic picture in 2008.

Vanity Fair has a great article on Richard Melon Scaife this week.

And, The Nation takes a look at the life of Robert Creeley.

Finally, for the sake of piggy backing, we move on to the inane democratic carnival that is Iowa:
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