Saturday, March 04, 2006
Lengthy interview with Donald Fagen (edited to remove copious misspellings, grammatical mistakes, etc. in the moreorless unedited source)

"Q: Do you often draw upon literature for inspiration?

A: Well, when Walter and I met, we-- aside from having some musical favorites in common-- we were both jazz fans as, really as kids, which is kind of very unusual, especially for that time, you know, like since we were 10 or 11 years old, type of thing. But we also had some literary tastes in common, particularly what they used to call black humor, which is not African American books so much but a dark humor like Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Berger, Philip Roth, and Vladimir Nabokov. And although these represent a wide variety of authors, they were kind those days kind of categorized as a type of literature, which before that time one had really categorized them that way, but it was very big in the early '50s and the early '60s.

Q: Were you a fan of Philip K. Dick?

A: Yeah also...well, science fiction writers were part of that in a way, although in those days they didn't make science fiction with what they would call literary fiction. But indeed, Philip K. Dick as well as the books of Fredrick Pohl, C.M. Kornbluth, and...Alfred Bester is another one I remember, and some of the Theodore Sturgeon stories. And just, a lot of science fiction writers really are satirists--they just use the form to satirize the present, really."

Sylvia Grace Borda, 3 March 2006, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
Everything I Forgot to Mention (& some worth mentioning again)

Spring birds outside my window; 7am sunlight on a wall; fresh snow on the Tetrahedron Plateau. Mount Bishop's craggy white peak, clearly visible from Ontario and East Broadway. This cold that just won't die. Sour Blue Mountain tea, its lime fumes penetrating my sadly clogged head. New shelves. Sawdust on the floor. A Mount Pleasant baby's astonishing blue eyes. Dominion Citrus' reincarnation as a miniature income trust (11% yield!). New pictures at the Lab. David Sklansky cleaning up on the wall-mounted TV above the sushi bar. Steven Tong's recipe for removing white Super Gloss paint from the CSA floor. Robert Bresson's little book of aphorisms. Destroyer's rubies. You get the picture.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer:

"From the beings and things of nature, washed clean of all art and especially of the art of drama, you will make an art."
Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Available mid-March. Mr. Fagen's voice dry above the typically lush arrangements. So I guess the only question is, "Come mid-March, should I drive to the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, or fly?"
Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer:

"'Visible parlance' of bodies, objects, houses, roads, trees, fields."

Untitled (Chain), 2006

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