Saturday, December 01, 2007

Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

"The punitive turn in the nation’s social policy—intimately connected with public rhetoric about responsibility, dependency, social hygiene, and the reclamation of public order—can be fully grasped only when viewed against the backdrop of America’s often ugly and violent racial history: there is a reason why our inclination toward forgiveness and the extension of a second chance to those who have violated our behavioral strictures is so stunted, and why our mainstream political discourses are so bereft of self-examination and searching social criticism. This historical resonance between the stigma of race and the stigma of imprisonment serves to keep alive in our public culture the subordinating social meanings that have always been associated with blackness. Race helps to explain why the United States is exceptional among the democratic industrial societies in the severity and extent of its punitive policy and in the paucity of its social-welfare institutions..."

J. Hoberman on "I'm Not There"--

"Dylan always identified with directors; he imagined his own life as a movie. Yet to appear in a movie would be to fix an identity, to admit that one was acting. Perhaps it was this conflict that denied him something like Mick Jagger's charmed résumé—collaborations with Kenneth Anger, documentaries by the likes of Peter Whitehead, the Maysles brothers, and Robert Frank, a career-defining performance in the cult film Performance. Jean-Luc Godard made a Rolling Stones rehearsal the centerpiece of One Plus One; Dylan had to make do with an inane dis in Masculine-Feminine: "Who are you, Mr. Bob Dylan?" Hey, how did Godard guess that the question of identity would haunt every movie (and every move) that Mr. Bob Dylan would make?"

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Local trees

Featuring: Seattle poets DANIEL COMISKEY & C.E. PUTNAM


Located in the historic Rendezvous Bar & Restaurant
This venue is age 21 & over


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2007—7:30pm. One night only


This event is FREE. No reservation required, but seating is limited to 60


BOOK & CD PACKAGE available for the first time on the night of the performance
$12 special night-of-reading price (regular $14 retail thereafter)
Book cover features original 3-D graphic art (3-D glasses free with every

CRAWLSPACE is a collaboratively written book-length poem by Seattle writers
Daniel Comiskey & C.E. Putnam, originally commissioned by Doug Nufer for
presentation at OseoO Gallery’s Leg to Stand On reading series. A bonus
compact disc, the Crawlspace Audio Companion, comprises a reading of the work
by the authors, set within an innovative sound collage conceived and produced
by C.E. Putnam and featuring the voice of Stanley Shiebert, Librarian in the
Arts, Recreation & Literature department of the Seattle Public Library.

DANIEL COMISKEY was pretty good at the dodging part in dodge ball, was coeditor
of Monkey Puzzle, a magazine of poetry and prose, and worked as literary
manager for The Poet’s Theater. His translations of Hu Xudong, produced in
collaboration with Chinese scholar Ying Qin, appear in Another Kind of Nation:
An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry. His work is also included in the
Seattle Writers Issue of Golden Handcuffs Review.

Seattle born, C.E. PUTNAM has stopped the Space Needle with his foot. He also
maintains P.I.S.O.R. (The Putnam Institute for Space Opera Research; Recent works include: Manic Box (2001);
Didyou ever hear of a thing like that? (2001); Things Keep Happening (2003);
Frolic: Selected Cosmic Sex Earthly Love Poems (1994-2007).

For more information, and to view the groovy trailer for the poem, please visit:

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

the over the flu ::: wood s lot ::: has a bunch of excellent links for William Blake's birthday...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

magnificent YouTube - Bob Dylan - Restless farewell at the Sinatra 80th in '95...
Obey or Die

"If the authorities believed he had to be "subdued," they had any number of other means of achieving that end -- means that would not have been fatal. But for the state, such calculations are irrelevant. Dziekanski was too much trouble; easier to eliminate him. The fact that he had become "too much trouble" as the DIRECT RESULT of the state's own criminal incompetence is forgotten..."

Sunday, November 25, 2007

fun quadruple bill from film editor Thelma Schoonmaker on TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES tonight, including her late husband Michael Powell's "Colonel Blimp" and the more rarely seen "Edge of the World" & "Age of Consent"...