Friday, March 28, 2008

Here is a poem by Paul Eluard from his 1926 collection Capital of Pain, which is a key surrealist text and the basis of Godard's Alphaville:


All my girlfriends are hunchbacks:
They love their mothers.
All my animals are obligatory,
They have furniture feet
And window hands.
The wind is bent out of shape,
It needs a suit made to measure,
That’s why
I tell the truth without telling it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Three music videos directed by Julian Acosta:

Headlights - "Cherry Tulips"

Maritime - "Guns of Navarone"

Tilly and the Wall - "Rainbows in the Dark"

Monday, March 24, 2008

Linnea Paskow earned her MFA at University of Pennsylvania:




Friday, March 21, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

To help celebrate the fact that as of today I am no longer in my twenties, I have gone to page 30 in each of the following texts and transcribed the first full sentence on that page:

"Let us follow this tension between gesture and statement in Saussure."
-Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology

"The hope of rebirth or returning to consciousness after death, or between deaths, has always obsessed us."
-Alan Harrington, The Immortalist

"Evolution is complex and at times amusing, so much of an adventure that few of its wims or obbligatos frighten me."
-Diane Ackerman, The Natural History of the Sense

"She said "thunder" as if it were my name."
-Ben Marcus, Notable American Women

"Hello Louise."
-Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

"This is the way it goes with the writers: they resent you to the degree that they depend on you."
-Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City

"In the spring Vollard announced a show of Gauguin and they for the first time saw some Gauguins."
-Gertrude Stein, Selected Writings of Gertrude Stein

"She did not try to calm him down."
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

"It is Wednesday dawn."
-John Hawkes, The Lime Twig

"It was some kind of monster I was grappling with, not Roger, and the sheer bloody reality of it terrified me."
-Robert Coover, Gerald's Party

"A demonstration of imaginary primitive elements may be based upon the entity that is most firmly fixed in our memories: the childhood home."
-Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

"I'll keep quiet about that: poets and visionaries would be jealous."
-Arthur Rimbaud, A Season In Hell & The Drunken Boat

"Even if it's only/skin-deep, once you derive the area, consider/how the skin goes into the ears, behind the eyes,/down the throat, that's an awful lot of beauty."
-Dean Young, Skid

"Wittgenstein was cited for bravery three times during World War I."
-David Markson, Reader's Block

"Schizos, on the other, have sharp eyes and ears."
-Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

Monday, March 17, 2008

Japanese artist Hidenori Mitsue:



I and you other than me. No8

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mosaic portrait artist Jason Mecier:

Sigmund Freud
(made out of pills)

Phyllis Diller

Andy Warhol

Friday, March 14, 2008

If you have Netflix, a good rental place, or a local library with a decent DVD collection, you should treat yourself to Ron Fricke's Chronos. It's a 40min. nonverbal time-lapse film, a kind of cinematographic opera in the tradition of Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi Trilogy -- Fricke was actually the cinematographer of the first film in that trilogy, Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance.

To say Chronos is beautiful would be a vulgar understatement. It is, to borrow a word from Shelley Duvall in Annie Hall, "Transplendent!"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

To get everybody ready for the inevitable crowning of #24 as MVP, yesterday was Kobe Bryant Blog Day.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Some tunes for your Tuesday:

The Postmarks - "Goodbye"
Directed by Radical Friend

Ryan Stewart - "Equanimity"

Kid Koala - "Basin Street Blues"
Directed by Monkmus

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Japanese artist Kazuya Akimoto:

Very Confused Mom

Your Very Best friend

Portrait of Graceful Young Lady

Chinese Dragon

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Austrian pianist Friedrich Gulda was a genius and a madman. I found this really great documentary on him called So What!? It's in seven parts, so I'll post the first three and give you links to the rest:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Byron King's new project is called Trophy Soldiers. Here is the opening of his artist's statement:

"This project is a reaction to my own personal desensitization to the imagery from the war in Iraq. I feel that I and the majority of Americans have become numb to the war. I believe this country is currently more interested in who won American Idol or the game than staying educated on current events, and casualty reports from the war."

SPC #222222

SGT 1st Class #999900