Friday, November 21, 2008
George Soros on the credit crisis and the so-called "efficiency of markets."

"This remarkable sequence of events can be understood only if we abandon the prevailing theory of market behavior. As a way of explaining financial markets, I propose an alternative paradigm that differs from the current one in two respects. First, financial markets do not reflect prevailing conditions accurately; they provide a picture that is always biased or distorted in one way or another. Second, the distorted views held by market participants and expressed in market prices can, under certain circumstances, affect the so-called fundamentals that market prices are supposed to reflect."
The Rising Tide

Grey late November sky, light leaking through in the west.

Clive Barker pocketbooks. The Marx/Engels Reader. Bukowski's Tales of Ordinary Madness. An Alice Munro collection. A Richard Woodman collection. Minima Moralia. Stephanie Meyers' teen vampire books. Van Halen: A Pictorial Biography. The Red Pony. The Bell Jar.

Wired-up old alkie, grey hair slicked back in a duck's tail -- probably the same haircut he wore at nineteen or twenty -- with some suspiciously recent books and a few Sally Ann purchases scattered on top, like cupcake sprinkles.

New father wasting time by repeatedly wheeling his baby stroller round and round the stacks, as if completing laps on an outdoor track. So far as I can tell, this guy hasn't ever bought -- or even looked at -- a book in what by now must be several hundred kilometers of circuits.

Good books offered for sale.

Good books offered for trade.

Middle-aged English man with an ostentatious wristwatch and a big box of garbage (Grisham; Cornwell; Richard North Patterson hardcovers).

MAEM: I can't believe you don't want these. What kind of shop are you running here? [ACTUAL QUOTE]

CJB: A successful one. Good day!

Guy looking for Raptor Red.

"It was common knowledge among his commanding officers and fellow soldiers, the document states, that Specialist Marko, who is being held without bond, believed he was an 'alien dinosaur-like creature, and that he would transform from his human form into his Black Raptor form on his 21st birthday — 13 Oct 08.'"

Thousand Splendid Suns in paperback.

Donald Allen's New American Poetry, including Spicer's Imaginary Elegies I-IV.

The sense of being human.
Thursday, November 20, 2008

The author examines CSA's next show -- water jet cut shag carpet letters; shiny white powder-coated aluminum -- and confesses his bafflement. Photograph by Adam Bruce Abram "Stretch" Harrison.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Untitled (Evergreen), 2008

Stopped-in-traffic street photograph and another digital study for WGT. Late in the day to obtain raking light. Yesterday's crow and friends dipping in and out of the branches and wires, refusing to perch long enough to have their portraits made. Next door neighbor mowing her lawn, the summery smell of cut grass a bit incongruous in the chilly late fall afternoon. Beep-beep-beep of a rental van backing down the lane.

Someone writes to ask why I'm making WGT, what relation it has to its source. I admire the source. I haven't been to art school. Pictures are a form of specialized knowledge. Knowledge's transmission through canny emulation is a legacy (qv. many previous entries and photographs) available, at least in theory, to everyone. (The didactic and pedegogical aspects of modernism).

And the 120 format contact sheets look great.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Production still and a digital study for War Game Tree. Extraordinary light. The crow at right was very curious about me, swooping in several times for a closer look.

A Composition in a Lightbox, Ballard, WA, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008

A book more important to me than almost any other. On a par with the Jeff Wall catalog raisonne, Yoshitoshi's 100 Aspects of the Moon, and MJH's Light.
Sunday, November 16, 2008

This just in from the national desk:

Donald Fagen Defends Steely Dan to Friends

"Though Fagen remains loyal to Steely Dan and more or less has reverence for the band's entire catalog, he said that he is the first to admit the shortcomings of the music.

'No one knows better than I do that this stuff can get extremely self-indulgent,' Fagen said. 'And, yes, I realize that all the preciousness and apparent awe at its own cleverness can be a little too much to stomach sometimes. Hell, some of Gaucho is even too goddamned smooth for me.'"


"Fan Sees Chunk of Wellmont Fall on Vocalist

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Interesting tidbit this morning from a tipster who attended the Wolf Parade concert last night at the Wellmont. Apparently, a chunk of the massively renovated building's ceiling fell during the performance ... on the stage, no less.

In the middle of Wolf Parade's performance, a small chunk of the ceiling fell on the lead vocalist, Spencer Krug, and his keyboard. It didn't hurt him, but his keyboard was a mess. Dan Boeckner, the main guitarist, responded: 'If we don't die tonight, Steely Dan is dying tomorrow.'

Steely Dan plays the Wellmont next Monday and Tuesday. . . ."

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