Saturday, March 19, 2011

Opuntia fiscus-indica, 2011
"The study was slowly lit up by the candle that was brought. Familiar details emerged: deer's antlers, shelves of books, the back of the stove with a vent that had long been in need of repair, his father's sofa, the big desk, an open book on the desk, a broken ashtray, a notebook with his handwriting. When he saw it all, he was overcome by a momentary doubt of the possibility of setting up that new life he had dreamed of on the way. All these traces of his life seemed to seize hold of him and say to him: 'No, you won't escape us and be different, you'll be the same as you were: with doubts, an eternal dissatisfaction with yourself, vain attempts to improve, and failures, and an eternal expectation of the happiness that has eluded you and is not possible for you.'"

(Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

Friday, March 18, 2011
VANCOUVER PASSPORT OFFICE:  You recently agreed to act as a reference for Mr. X?

CJB:  I did.

VPO:  What does Mr. X do?

CJB: Mr. X works in [LOCAL INDUSTRY]

VPO: Do you know where and when Mr. X was born?

CJB:  We've never discussed it, no.

VPO:  Can you describe Mr. X's personal appearance?

CJB:  Easily.  Mr. X. looks like a white version of the cartoon character "Shrek."

VPO:  Yeah, that's the guy.  Thanks very much!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Destroyer and Blackout Beach (featuring @PFB's Carey Mercer) at the Commodore tonight!  Sold out show.  If you see me, the bald bearded old guy happily swaying and singing along to Suicide Demo For Kara Walker, come up & say hello.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Farewell Nate Dogg, great redeployer of yacht rock
Seth Klarman's Margin of Safety: Risk-Averse Value Investing Strategies for the Thoughtful Investor.  Out of print since 1991; actual copies start at $1150 US online.  For years I hoped one would wander through the door, or that I'd find one in Twin Falls, Idaho, or Henderson, Nevada, or in the big Savers outlet on East Charleston Boulevard.  No dice.  Then, today, this attractive PDF...
LADY CUSTOMER: Can I put my bags somewhere safe?

CJB:  How about behind the desk, up against the radiator that's not on?

LC:  Sure!

CJB:  Anything good in there?  Food?  Hard alcohol?  Pastries?

LC:  A hibernating coral snake.

The author in his stacks.  Courtesy Stasia's iPhone.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Not a "series," despite the titles.  Three autonomous photographs, shot over a three day period in Henderson, Nevada.

The articulation of "abstract" pictorial space through the depiction of real things.  nb. Cezanne.

Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden (3), 2011
"His music attains self-expression through the expression of selves. Voices contest, cajole, regret, argue, instruct, protest, entreat, give praise: not programmatic description but actual speech, captured in the moment. In every ensemble one hears the separate voices, and at the same time senses the enormous ear tuned in to all of them."
Monday, March 14, 2011

Robert Adams, South Denver, Colorado, 1980

Robert Adams, Longmont, Colorado, 1980

From the exhibition Summer Nights, Walking
Sunday, March 13, 2011

Trash, 2011
"For better or worse, I'm out there, and those are the circumstances."

Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden (2), 2011

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