Friday, July 05, 2013

Brother Dru, dropping science:

"There are more people at Keyhole Hot Springs than there used to be. The road goes further in than it used to. They want to put a power plant at Keyhole Falls. There's a whole new pumice mine on the Athelstan side. What would Randy Stoltmann think of this? What would John Clarke think of this? What, indeed, would Mr. Doolittle think of this? In the 1890s Stanley Smith and Mr. Doolittle traversed the whole Bridge-Lillooet complex, living off the land and shooting goats and ptarmigans for food. 'One suit will not withstand a journey such as this.' Nowadays you'd get busted by a game warden if you tried that shit, except that most of the game wardens have been fired. Our methods of interacting with the land have changed beyond recognition over the last hundred-odd years. It's worthwhile to remember that the First Nations saw this landscape not as unspoiled wilderness but as a place that had been intensely and intensively managed since the dawn of time, when Raven cracked the shell."

Babylon Sisters big band cover, Fender Rhodes solo.  From Afro Blue: M. Sasaji & the L.A. All-Stars.  SD covers aren't everyone's favorite, but this is something special.
Thursday, July 04, 2013

This video says more about the so-called methodology behind some of my photographs than anything I could ever put into words. The Fender Rhodes ("Lucy") doesn't belong to the guy seated behind it, but that's definitely not stopping him from channeling his own enthusiastic interpretation of its owner's sound.
First & Last "Post Title" You'll Ever See Here

Recently, Blogger's made some ridiculous, poorly conceptualized & even more poorly communicated changes to the post interface.  Scarce here for a few days until a/ Blogger fixes things, or, b/ Anodyne 2.0 is up & running on a more user-friendly platform.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Now Hiring: Full-Time Bookseller 

Pulpfiction Books, Vancouver’s largest independent bookstore, seeks a mature, enthusiastic individual interested in joining us as a full time bookseller.

The successful candidate will:

• Work a minimum of 24 and up to 40 hours per week. The position will be part time in the short term, but will likely become full time within a 4 month period.

• Not currently be attending college or university full time, or plan to within the next 12 months.

• Be available for a variety of shifts, including mornings, evenings, and weekends.

• Possess good practical intelligence, and the ability to work quickly and multitask under pressure. Please note that this position involves a lot of physical and mental activity, and is best compared to fast-paced warehouse or restaurant work. Those interested in standing behind a cash desk socializing and/or being paid to read will not be a good fit for this position.

• Have previous customer service or supervisory experience. Previous experience in bookselling is preferred but not required. Some of our most valuable staff came to us with no previous bookselling experience.

• Have a wide familiarity with contemporary literary fiction and non-fiction.

• Already possess an undergraduate degree or equivalent work history.

• Bring other skills and abilities to the table. Examples: social media (Twitter; Blogger); basic accounting and/or bookkeeping skills; carpentry; HTML; SQL, PHP & MYSQL coding experience, etc. etc. etc.

We offer competitive compensation and a vibrant, non-corporate work environment.

To apply for this position, please forward a detailed resume to

Please, NO phone calls, non-resume email queries, or walk-in requests for employment. 

We thank all applicants for their interest, but may, depending on resume volume, not be able to reply to everyone.
Sunday, June 30, 2013

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Jimmy Robert, Reprise, 2010

"Robert’s performance coupled with its remaining ephemera will be accompanied by his sculptural installation Reprise (2010). The work references artist Jeff Wall’s photograph A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) (1993), which captures four figures physically responding to a strong wind. The composition in Wall’s work is a recreation of Japanese painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai’s woodcut Ejiri in Suruga Province (Sunshū Ejiri) (1830–33). The theatricality in the movement of the figures in both works acts as a point of departure for Robert’s Reprise. Here, he captures in large-scale photographs the movements of dancer Shiho Ishihara with gestures akin to those seen in Hokusai’s and Wall’s pieces. Depicting movement in both the dancer’s body as well as in the installation of the photographs, Robert demonstrates the ability for objects to become performative. Together with his live work, Reprise offers new possibilities for movement and performativity to exist outside a live event."

Contrast Reprise with 90% of the bookworks cataloged in MIT's new Various Small Books Referencing Various Small Books By Ed Ruscha, which I flipped through last week in Fairhaven, growing more and more frustrated as I went.  The question of reprise vs. reproduction.  Deploying the same ground rules doesn't -- can't -- equal aesthetic success.  Because then you either have a billion micro-genres, or a new "genre of individual works," and genres are always the enemy of ambitious art.

But isn't Boys Walking, & etc...?

I hope not.  Identical places, but different methods (amateur tools!) & points of concern.

Touring the Texas White House

"The Texas White House was officially opened to the public on August 27, 2008. The entire ground floor is available for public tours. Rooms on the tour include the President's Office, living room, dining room, and the Johnsons' bedroom suites. The majority of rooms have been restored to their appearance during the presidential years (1963-1968) while the bedroom suites retain their appearance at the time of President and Mrs. Johnson's deaths."

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