Saturday, February 01, 2014
The petite bourgeoisie and their children, bonding over coffee & Sysco eggs.
We Think There is a Book Here For You!

Walking to work through grey dawn, snow-sky, pink light leaking in at the horizon.

A construction worker heads on-shift, tool belt shifting and jangling as he walks, half a block ahead of me.  He's snacking from a little paper sack of whole-shell peanuts.  Every crow in the neighborhood drifts along with him in a noisy black flapping cloud.  Now and again he tosses a handful of nuts out in a wide arc and the crow army diverts from him to fall, squabbling, into the road to dispute the spoils.  Some crows get nuts. Most don't.

Crow #1 (no nut) rushes Crow #2 (nut) in full threat display: shoulders up, head forward, beak wide open, feathers ruffling, vocalizing like crazy.

Crow #2 shows no outward sign of alarm, but shifts its tasty booty around to anchor it more deeply in its beak.

More wild vocalizing.

Crow #2 maintains 100% zen.

Crow #1 abruptly shuts up, drops head, tucks feathers in.  Hops dejectedly away.
Friday, January 31, 2014

I don't keep a visual archive like Roy Arden does, but if I ever began, this would be entry #1
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Waste My Time, Please

SOME DUDE:  Hey guy.  Sell pet food?

CJB:  Look around.  We're a bookstore.

SD:  That's not what I asked you!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Vetrovec Warning: An instruction or warning given to jurors in circumstances where they have received testimony from a witness that may be suspect but the frailties of which may not be self-evident to a juror.
Monday, January 27, 2014
"The true remake does not treat the past as a store of models to be followed but as a smoldering problem: the true remake is a haunted one."

(Sven Lutticken, "Planet of the Remakes."  Neatly connects the made-in-place & still-images-from-mobile-sequences-I-can't-bear-to-watch arms of my work.  Not sure about the thrust of SL's argument concluding with Stan Douglas; the recombinant machinery animating SD's recent film & video feels dead & overdetermined to me, in comparison with early works like Hors-champs, or the very odd photographs-in-various-styles of Midcentury Studio.  I'd prefer to consider my tutelary spirits as figures like John Carpenter, Robert Wise, Piranha's Joe Dante, Sturtevant, Phillips, Levine & etc. -- journeymen & women, not auteurs).
Sunday, January 26, 2014

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