Saturday, October 15, 2005
Another sure sign that fall is locked in is the overwhelming need to break out Stan Getz Plays (one of the first CD's I bought) to hear his version of
Henry Nemo's "'Tis Autumn", in which you can see the leaves skittering down the sidewalk, smell the expired Bengal Matches along the canal...as Coltrane said of Getz "We'd all play like that if we could..."
Old Father time checked, so there'd be no doubt
Called on the North wind to come on out,
Then cupped his hands so proudly to shout,
"La-di-dah di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn!"
Trees say they're tired, they've born too much fruit;
Charmed on the wayside, there's no dispute.
Now shedding leaves, they don't give a hoot --
La-di-dah di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn!
Then the birds got together to chirp about the weather
Mmmm - mmm - mmm - mmm.
After makin' their decision, in birdie-like precision,
Turned about, and made a beeline to the south.
My holding you close really is no crime --
Ask the birds and the trees and old Father Time.
It's just to help the mercury climb--
La-di-dah di-dah-di-dum, 'tis autumn!
"The founding fathers, said John Ralston Saul, a Canadian political philosopher, defined happiness as a balance of individual and community interests. 'The Enlightenment theory of happiness was an expression of public good or the public welfare, of the contentment of the people,' Mr. Saul said. And, he added, this could not be further from 'the 20th-century idea that you should smile because you're at Disneyland.'"
(thanks to I like)
(more pictures at Kings County Library)
interesting gen on the alternating Law & Order: Criminal Intent casts: I enjoy them both, myself--
"D'Onofrio's overheated, scene-hogging style couldn't be a sharper contrast with the cool, sly suavity of Chris Noth. Det. Mike Logan is a throwback to an older school of TV cop, less Gil Grissom than Jim Rockford; he gives the impression not only of having a life outside work, but of occasionally phoning it in at the job so he can get back to the fun stuff."
Friday, October 14, 2005
the arrival in my mailbox of this month's TOLLING ELF makes October official--this month's has art by Debra Steckler and six poems by Hoa Nguyen, including (and excuse the reformatting of the last stanza!
The mood here is serious
which would call for sitting
in a circle on pad-less chairs
Wear stripes but in dark colors
DON'T OVER ACT!
& cross your arms
I had a tan pleather jacket
large buttons and honestly
the jump cuts show
my button-down father
and a pouty look
I will be super-evil
dressed all alike
white & indistinguishable
next month: a surprise!
A Letter From Hammertown to Fort Tryon
protects my tongue
but leaves my
if only to the weather:
created by the dry stroke
of a Whitehall pen
for the benefit of haberdashers
saw the draft resisters
as a rich source
of mental pelts
for acid testing
and the carbonation
of Lake Erie,
Vancouver was the
to banish Lenny Bruce
ship back the Sikhs &c.
& skim the foam
from the cappuccino triangle
so of course
we're funny--its what
instead of checks and balances, what
to coin in the shit
with a smile
in a dome
of bearish lavender
Thursday, October 13, 2005
thanks Ben Friedlander for photo and poetry link, from his "American Poets in the Age of Whitman" set
from her "Genius"
"I hear people speak of "unfortunate genius," of "poets who never penned their inspirations;" that "Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest;" of "unappreciated talent," and "malignant stars," and other contradictory things.
It is all nonsense.
Where power exists, it cannot be suppressed any more than the earthquake can be smothered.
As well attempt to seal up the crater of Vesuvius as to hide God's given power of the soul.
"You may as well forbid the mountain pines To wag their high tops, and to make no noise When they are fretten with the gusts of heaven," as to hush the voice of genius.
There is no such thing as unfortunate genius.
If a man or woman is fit for work, God appoints the field.
He does more; He points to the earth with her mountains, oceans, and cataracts, and says to man, " Be great!"
He points to the eternal dome of heaven and its blazing worlds, and says: "Bound out thy life with beauty."
He points to the myriads of down-trodden, suffering men and women, and says: "Work with me for the redemption of these, my children."
He lures, and incites, and thrusts greatness upon men, and they will not take the gift.
Genius, on the contrary, loves toil, impediment, and poverty; for from these it gains its strength, throws off the shadows, and lifts its proud head to immortality.
Neglect is but the fiat to an undying future."
currently rattling the windows at the Manse--Cambodian Cassette Archives Vol.1 (good blog too)
"This time, though, the cassettes come not from Cambodia, but from the Asian branch of the Oakland, California public library. As with the earlier classic, this album contains everything that makes 'old school' Khmer pop such a pleasure - driving acid-tinged guitars, sinuous 60's organs, lilting Bollywoodesque chanteuses, and suave crooners... But, in addition to that, we get to hear how elements like ska horn sections and cheesy 80's synths have seeped into post-Khmer-Rouge music. "
& speaking of old school American funny (American humor has too often in recent years been a branch plant of Canadian humor--snarky, self-referential, status-ridden, mean-spirited, driven by secret envy and schadenfreude--since the 70's rise of Letterman, SNL & National Lampoon, all written by Canadians) its nice to see the great Shelley Berman still at it as Larry David's dad...
very pleased and surprised to see that Harold Pinter has won the Nobel Prize for Literature--
"Does reality essentially remain outside language, separate, obdurate, alien, not susceptible to description? Is an accurate and vital correspondence between what is and our perception of it impossible? Or is is that we are obliged to use language only in order to obscure and distort reality - to distort what happens-because we fear it? We are encouraged to be cowards. We can't face the dead. But we must face the dead because they die in our name. We must pay attention to what is being done in our name."
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Paradise Lost to be given the Hollywood treatment
"Paradise Lost, John Milton's epic poem about Adam and Eve's temptation and fall, is to be turned into a feature film for the first time since its publication more than 330 years ago. Hollywood producers aim to keep the screen version faithful to Milton's 1667 original, a complex work comprising 12,000 lines of blank verse. The production is described as 'epic in scope and size'."
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
listening with great pleasure to the 1986 live in Saugerties Whispering Pines which sadly proved to be the great Richard Manuel's last recording...
"Richard had briefly lived in a house in Woodstock that once belonged to the painter George Bellows. There was an old piano in the house which had been left behind and Richard wrote "Whispering Pines" on it. It had one key that was out of tune, and when he came to record the song he had the studio piano tuned the same way, so that one key was still out. That's what's responsible for the vamp figure at the beginning and end of the song."
belated farewell to great jurist Constance Baker Motley who would have still been on the Supreme Court last month if LBJ had appointed her instead of Abe Fortas....
"She was indomitable," said Jack Greenberg, who succeeded Marshall as director-counsel of the NAACP Legal and Education Fund and is now a professor at Columbia University School of Law. "She would take on a project like opening up the University of Mississippi and just keep coming back again and again and again. She was like Grant at Vicksburg. She just dug in there and stayed there until they rolled over."
Monday, October 10, 2005
I did not know that...
Ralf Hutter can't program his VCR...The best selling album of all-time is "Trout Mask Replica" by Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band...John Cale is used as a standard measurement of weight in Wales...Suzanne and Alan Vega are identical twins...Due to a rare bone condition, Bootsy Collins is unable to float in water, and has not had a bath since 1967....
No Trespassing--Vancouver's "urban explorers"...
"To urban explorers like Ninjalicious (and now me) 'no trespassing' signs serve as an invitation to investigate the drains, abandoned buildings, steam tunnels and other facets of the city most people never glimpse. We operate under the belief that trespass, while technically illegal, is not immoral. We don't vandalize or take objects from sites, and most of us follow a strong ethical code that mirrors the Sierra Club's: 'take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints'."
Sunday, October 09, 2005
"Yesterday we heard about possible attacks in New York just hours after the President delivered a tough-talking speech about the dangers we face from terrorists. And the subway story stepped on breaking news that White House political boss Karl Rove would again testify to a Grand Jury. How convenient! "
hardcore Zukofsky scholars may want to now that his preferred Century Dictionary is available here online. (Robert M. of Seattle the only person I know with a hard copy, though I have the smaller revised one)
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from Kevin Killian's Amazon review of the Hohner Soprano crow sounder woodblock--
"It lacks the Two-Tone's serrated edges-why, it's smooth and polished as a Brancusi sculpture, and almost as beautiful. What it does have is a high ringing clear bell tone that (they tell me) will stop a bird in its flight, for its sound is so high only birds can really hear all the reverberations. They call it the "crow sounder" because of the legendary aural prowess of our old friend the crow.
Soon you'll be pounding out beats like an old school rocker. Listen to the very beginning of "Honky Tonk Women" by the Stones, you'll hear this distinctive crow sounder (+ cow bells for that down home farm effect)."
Dip in for reviews of Dean Koontz, Wendy Hiller & c. & c. Mr. K is one of this hemisphere's great resources.