Thursday, December 30, 2004

She was sitting in Chicago eating rubber bands, spying a jungle gym through her left eye and an airplane hangar through her right. The clouds above smelled of gas and magnolia. “I like the ones with teeth painted on,” she said to no one in particular. If it were a picture, it would have been overexposed. (She always got lost in questions of the subjunctive mood, but not now.) The sun had set, was still setting. She tried to think of nothing before or after or since. “And monkey bars, too.” Her view was split between the geometry of iron and the algebra of the skies. Children swung; planes sat lifeless. Her wine was corked in a way she thought she could hear. She was too smart to believe in silence. Then a flutter, a twitch—a head thrown back on a blanket made wet and red without her knowing. Wine or blood…take your pick?

(And there's a brief few blurbs about my three favorite books this year here.)

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Here's Superpitcher during a particularly devilish and zoinksy stretch of his set from below.


And my Top 10 albums list for the year is up now here.


Tuesday, December 07, 2004

on a lens looking
her face could only begin to resolve,
soft and furious
something out of Guy Maddin
something by Guy Maddin --
oboes and bikes and mariachi
-- pronounced dead in the snow.


I’m not so sure about the font used to mark ounces on my water bottle (a clear container with a hanging top impulse-bought from Bed Bath & Beyond, like so many other things). From a distance they look digital, the numbers, somewhere between Atari graphics and future-fresh football jerseys, but up real close they flag off at their ends, almost arabically. Who made that decision, and why?


I’ve been curious of late what my opinion on Bernard Kerik ought to be.


ex·tem·po·ra·ne·ous – adj.

1. Carried out or performed with little or no preparation; impromptu: an extemporaneous piano recital.

2. Prepared in advance but delivered without notes or text: an extemporaneous speech.

3. Skilled at or given to unrehearsed speech or performance: an accomplished extemporaneous speaker.

4. Provided, made, or adapted as an expedient; makeshift: an extemporaneous policy decision.


Number 3 above is strange, no? “Accomplished” being the word the example actually presses down on?

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