Saturday, April 10, 2010
Waste Our Time, Please

Via Chris C., the shop's manager:

GUY [of stack of Philip K. Dick books on the counter]: How much'd ya pay for these?

CC: They're just coming in; I'm still cleaning and pricing them.

GUY: I'll give you what you paid for them, plus a dollar.

CC: What?

GUY: Think it over man. Turnover.

CC: Thanks anyway!

To add insult to injury, GUY and his pal then wandered aimlessly around the shop for twenty minutes, occasionally pointing at CC and making comments about "Savvy Business Guy."
Friday, April 09, 2010
250 mg Erythromycin

Barrel-shaped tablets, bright pink. I keep coughing and shivering with the chills I was warned about, the night sweats and drifting sense of lassitude that had me peering out the window of dru's Subaru yesterday at Chilliwack's magnolias; hazelnut farms; the Cheam Range, fresh with late season powder. And then, later, the powerful antibiotic beginning its work, deep sleep, uninterrupted by the cat grazing the mint plants on the window ledge. A sense of being reborn in a younger body. Of reconstruction. Of starting again.


Q: What should stay the same?

JEFF WALL: I’d like to see certain places remain as they are or, better, as they were when I first encountered them. Alleyways or open, unused or neglected spaces in the city of Vancouver (or any city), spaces that weren’t useful for whatever reason and got left in an in-between state – between nature and dereliction – and which I have always somehow associated with freedom. But they can’t stay the same and they haven’t; they’ve been built over now and built over with things I can’t associate with the happiness I’m looking for.

(The interview's last line a reformulation of a Thierry de Duve quote, and one of the very few things about art that I know to be true)

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
An Interesting (But Long) Story

Worth reading and memorable, but I'm not going to quote from it here out of respect for one of the protagonists, who, at least in his private life, is as shy as I am. A remarkable generosity of spirit on display; I hope it brightens your day as much as it did mine.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Today's soundtrack -- Classic (KW feat. Rakim, Nas, & KRS One)

Ask the teenagers, OGs and ask the kids
What they definition of 'classic' is
Timeless, 'cause age don’t count in the booth
And your flow stays submerged in the fountain of youth

Furniture Dealer's Window, Vancouver, 2010

I Apologize a Trillion Times

Ms. Jackson -- absurdly catchy Outkast track, owls and puppies and kittehs bopping happily along for forever ever evah!

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