Wednesday, December 29, 2010

the late billy little's poems are at Zonko'd


thanks for
the swallowtail,

thanks for the smell of the species iris

thanks for the lilac's attack

thanks for the ears

that hear the heron's hoarse compleynt,

the raptors' whistles the loons' hilarity,

thanks for the lips whispering thanks for the tongue

thanks for the kicks thanks for the kisser

and thanks for the nose that brings me back

to the herb and the rose thanks for the womb

thanks for the fingers thanks for the toes

thanks for the coming and going

thanks for teeth chatterin ice cool life

The Real American Pie | Feature | Chicago Reader
The mince pie we speak of here bears only passing resemblance to present-day mincemeat pie, that gooey vegetarian article sitting next to the store-bought gingerbread men at office holiday parties. The mincemeat savored by our forebears was made with actual meat (beef, typically, or sometimes venison), flavored with substantial quantities of booze (usually brandy but sometimes rum and/or Madeira)...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

great interview with Van Dyke Parks (right, working on "Smile" with Brian Wilson)
Just something satisfying where every line ended up on its feet. Every cat got turned up and down on its feet again, up and down the tree...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas department store music music from Seeburg
The Christmas holiday season required a special set of records. A box of 25 Christmas records was issued to be played during the month of December. This set consisted of Christmas music interspersed with non-holiday music.

It was the job of the machine operators to replace all Christmas music with the standard fare on December 26. This job was a large undertaking - in New York, "the entire service and installation force, and even the office help, are pressed into service to still the sound of Christmas past for another 11 months...

listen here---
The Seeburg Music Library - Christmas 1960

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

the long-awaited return to publishing & publication of Lary Bremner

WW11 aircraft workers, from scanzen

last minute gift ideas from Toronto bookstore The Monkey's Paw (thanks JH)

Monday, December 13, 2010

see some of my blog pics extra big!

walk in/here you are | An outdoor installation by Christian Kliegel and a year-long exhibition project curated by Cate Rimmer on the North Plaza of the Vancouver Central Library.

Peter Culley
from Out and About (2007-2010)

Althea Thauberger
The Bear Video (2006)

Colleen Heslin
Long Roads and Small Places (2007-2010)

Kevin Romaniuk
Continued research into wilderness, wildlife, isolation and shelter (2010)

Videos run from December 1st, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010