Friday, May 22, 2009

Furry North mainline. Photo courtesy Keefer.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Farewell Arthur Erickson, maverick Cascadian architect, designer of the UBC Museum of Anthropology, the Smith House (above), the less than perfectly temperature-controlled Law Courts and many others. "Native materials," "the topography of the site," "leaky," etc. I delivered copies of the Vancouver Sun to many Erickson-designed seaside homes in my youth, and still aspire to live in one, surrounded by rocks, trees, sky, ocean and gestural modernist abstractions, c. 1956 or thereabouts.
Monday, May 18, 2009

Waste My Time, Please

SWAGGERY HIPSTER: I'm looking for this book...Chilean writer...big thick book...

CJB: Bolano's 2666?

SH: Yes!

CJB: Right here.

SH: ...not in Spanish?

CJB: Sorry, dude.

SH: I'm also looking for anything you've got by Kierkegaard. Heard of him? [ACTUAL QUOTE]

CJB: Sure. Right down here. [SHOWS SEVERAL TITLES]

SH: Great. Also Borges. . .


SH: ...Donald Barthelme...

CJB: ...sure, here...

SH: ...Bukowski...

CJB: ...right here...

SH: Fucking awesome!

ACTUALLY PURCHASED: Marley and Me, by John Grogan. All other books abandoned in "Pets and Animals."

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