Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Morning with E.M. Cioran

"In order to conquer panic or some tenacious anxiety, there is nothing like imagining your own burial. An effective method, readily available to all. In order not to have to resort to it too often in the course of a day, best to experience its benefit straight off, when you get up. Or else use it only at exceptional moments, like Pope Innocent IX, who, having commissioned a painting in which he was shown on his deathbed, glanced at it each time he had to make some important decision."
-E.M. Cioran from The Trouble with Being Born

"The sole means of protecting your solitude is to offend everyone, beginning with those you love." -E.M. Cioran from The Trouble with Being Born, p. 99

Friday, November 28, 2008

Horse Feathers "Curs in the Weeds"

Work in Progress

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gerard Manley Hopkins

"I WAKE and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hours we have spent
This night! what sights you, heart, saw; ways you went!
And more must, in yet longer light’s delay.
With witness I speak this. But where I say
Hours I mean years, mean life. And my lament
Is cries countless, cries like dead letters sent
To dearest him that lives alas! away.

I am gall, I am heartburn. God’s most deep decree
Bitter would have me taste: my taste was me;
Bones built in me, flesh filled, blood brimmed the curse.
Selfyeast of spirit a dull dough sours. I see
The lost are like this, and their scourge to be
As I am mine, their sweating selves; but worse."

-Gerard Manley Hopkins

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The landscape outside is tuned to a low D

"A strong song tows
us, long earsick.
Blind, we follow
rain slant, spray flick
to fields we do not know."

-Basil Bunting from Briggflatts

"You better believe in your self
& go forth to battle."

-Charles Olson from Maximus

"How far gone
into my defect
am I?"

-Alice Notley from In the Pines

Friday, November 21, 2008


The Fall: Totally Wired

"My heart and I agree" -Mark E. Smith

Thursday, November 20, 2008

from "Stroszek" by Werner Herzog

George Schneeman & Ron Padgett

I am speaking for all of you

1) Slipping on a ginkgo nut.
2) Tallest building in the world.
3) I am curious about you.
4) Free me of communication.
5) Raspberry wasp.
6) Your butter vacation.
7) Terrible terrible time.
8) Or: energy is good, is nice or fur lined.
9) Big and tall informed sources.
10) Blood on the rug in front of me.
11) Here. And here.
12) The smell of ammonia.
13) Burning protein in a field.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Morning Poem

I could have you, need you, break with you,
I could spend hours with you eating pieces
of you and making the world change
with you, be humble with you
and then cradle you whole, eating
from you as the birds eat crusts of bread
around you wanting to eat from you too.
Early riser, mouth full of light,
the sweet way the world burns--
Oh nest of pureness--
Oh love of the desire
to be desired.
The whole world is moving
through your hips and palms
while my carcass is numbed and slammed
speaking with warm detergent air
the bleach decay of fabric
sterilized by your stillness
soothing as hair on the back
of a cambered head.

Zizek on Love

Grace Hartigan 1922-2008

"Perhaps the subject of my art is like the definition of humor--emotional pain remembered in tranquility." -Grace Hartigan

Friday, November 14, 2008

2 for Friday

Deerhoof "Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back"

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Junior Murvin

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser


It could be pretty dangerous if you were thinking about it or doing it alone.

Wednesday Top Ten

1) Night Work by Thomas Glavinic
2) Rogan Hoodies
3) Mad Alchemy Embrocation
4) 2666 by Roberto Bolano
5) The black heart, blue star, and peace sign spray painted on Rita Ackerman's bedroom wall (by her daughter)
6) "We shot three times to bring into alignment with your family than would ever hit you over the head with it."
7) Kung Fu Panda
8) Farms, Neud Photo and Love Todd
9) Clear lenses
10) "It is an uneasy feeling leaving the yard with people screaming in the house."

Friday, November 07, 2008

A Weather "It's Good to Know"

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Deerhoof "Offending Maggie"

Mustang in the Yogurt

1) I have a machine in my throat that gets into people's ears and effects them.

2) Verbs from a cold mountain.

3) I liked certain things and then I wanted to own them. Isn't that what got me in trouble?

4) Most people can feel the supraorbital notch below their eyebrows.

5) Have him no longer get any information from a familiar face.

6) Peels off into a parfait sunset.

7) The heat transfer years: You are a never ending cascade of dreams, hopes and ideas.

8) An impressively hirsute face behind zingers.

9) Fact: Whatever comes from the woods is standing outside the shower while you wash your face.

10) Eagle meat cooking in my own body fat.

11) Inchoate.

12) Cloud formations are actually bacterial dispersal vehicles. Microbes have been found in abundance in clouds.

13) Sky Purell.

14) The selected meter of autism.

15) Eros in a spray bottle can be purchased online.

16) I come to you in peace with the smell of factory on my arms.

17) If you put a towel over a ruler it won't leave welts on the person next to you on the train with his legs spread wide.

18) This is a pile of pants. An expression of displeasure.

19) "Have you ever done any acting?" Her father asked me.

20) There's a mustang in the yogurt.

How it feels to have a fever

Monday, November 03, 2008


Hugo Largo: Scream Tall

I have fond memories of watching Hugo Largo perform in the 80's and 90's. Mimi Goese (the singer) had a profound effect on me as both a performer and person. Tim Sommer (the bassist with the long hair to the left) went on to produce two of my band Drunken Boat's records (among other fabulous things). Enjoy!