Wednesday, June 29th, 2005
I have started creating a web site for Ellen's business, Pageturners, Ink. (Temporarily housed on READIN.) Check it out!
Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
If anyone is around midtown next Tuesday evening (the 5th) and feels like meeting up for a drink, I'm going to be listening to the Ed Russell Group at Kavehaz. The club is at 37 W. 26th, music at 8. I'll be the guy looking unsure of himself. (No really, drop me a line if you're going to swing by.)
Ed was my guitar teacher for several years when I was living in Queens, a genuinely nice guy and a very accomplished jazz guitarist. His combo is groovy too.
Monday, June 13th, 2005
I was googling around today and thought I would look for the sentence "I got a girl long and tall, sweet as she could be", which I believe is the first line of a Big Bill Broonzy song I was listening to last night and enjoying. No results... but!!! "long and tall" + "sweet as she could be" brings up only one result, and it is Michael Taft's Pre-War Blues Lyrics Concordance!!! This is huge! I haven't even begun looking at it yet but I'm completely psyched that such a thing should exist and be online.
Update: And here is a link to the front page of the concordance.
Friday, June 10th, 2005
With regards to my most recent post -- The idea of writing poetry directed at a listener (who let's say for the sake of argument is me), asking him to consider a situation where he is talking to or watching somebody else and to try to imagine how he would react, or to suggest a possible reaction, seems pretty interesting to me, and like it might be a useful format to spend some time working on. Are there any good poets that use this format, that I could read up on?
Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
Here is something I have never done: I am posting a poem which I wrote this afternoon.
So what about Jason,
Who throws up his hands in disgust
And cries, "I've been living a lie!"
As he flounces out of the room
To reclaim his truer self --
What are you his interlocutor
To make of this behavior?
Sit puzzled in his wake, pulling at your beard, mulling,
Muse: "Hmm, 'living a lie', I like the sound of that..."
Find a facet of your being in Bad Faith,
Some distorting mirror,
Imagine it cracked.
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
A bunch of new images for the READIN Family Album:
Sunday, May 29th, 2005
"Night of the Hunter" is the movie that I have had in mind ever since I saw it 6 or 7 years ago at the American Museum of the Moving Image, as the archtypal confidence-man movie -- I could never remember the name of the movie though, just that it had Robert Mitchum going down the Mississippi [incorrect -- the river is actually the Ohio] conning widows. Tonight we watched the movie on video tape and it took about 5 minutes for it all to come flooding back. What a fantastic film.
Saturday, May 28th, 2005
"Bulbous Bouffant" by the Vestibules has been one of my favorite things ever since I heard it on Greasy Kid Stuff last year. This evening I stopped by the group's home page and was pleased to see they have several video sketches available for free download (of which the funniest is probably Dry Cleaner, or Name Game), and a full album (Chest of Drawers 5.0) on sale for only US$3.
Thursday, May 26th, 2005
Got my scanner working!
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
Does anyone know if Bazz Ltd., creators of Just! Webmail, are still around? I downloaded their product from a shareware site and like it, but their web site justwebmail.com doesn't seem to have much content on it. I am hoping to be able to license the product -- it would be a shame not to be able to use it.
Nevermind... I just found SquirrelMail, which seems more useful.
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