Archive for January, 2009

ADKINS

faked by Saturday, January 31st, 2009

adkins

Polaroid Big Shot, with 690 film, mixed media.

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(In the middle of the night).

faked by Thursday, January 29th, 2009

idrovemycar

Polaroid Big Shot, with 690 film, mixed media.

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UBERGEEKY

faked by Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

UBERGEEKY

(a memoir of the downfall)

‘Twas Bush league, and the slimy toads
Did lie and gamble with our fate;
All flimsy were the moral codes
That should have kept them straight.

“Beware the Ubergeek, you con,
The tongue that speaks, the mind that thinks;
Avoid the democrats, and shun
Decent people as dinks.”

But look: A supple mind commands
The field, and bullies must obey:
They robbed us blind, but now their kind
Has had its brightest day.

Like crawfish in the bottom mud,
They stirred up clouds of murk and muck;
They hadn’t tortured, pillaged. They were good.
And what kind of a name is Barak?

They never thought the time would come
When brains and courage came on strong
And decency beat villainy:
To them we call, So long.

“And hast thou lost to ubergeeks?
Go to your cells, you thieves and crooks.
O blessed day, let habeus stay!
A Potus who reads books!”

‘Twas Bush league, and the slimy toads
Did lie and gamble with our fate;
All flimsy were the moral codes
That should have kept them straight.

SHERER

faked by Monday, January 26th, 2009

Jerri Sherer

Polaroid Big Shot, with 690 film, mixed media.

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On Glory, the Wonders of Life, Aretha Louise Franklin, the Transcendence of Hope, and American Rocketry.

faked by Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Magazine Street Pay Phone, New Orleans, 2008.

There is a time of day on Magazine Street in New Orleans during the winter when the sun shines just so, and it gleams through a bit of cut steel and it draws on a wall the image of a telephone, of a little piece of metal and plastic we use to touch each other when we’re too far away to holler. The phone only lasts for ten minutes, at best—barely long enough to notice, to try and stream some of that light through a little hole and by doing so mash some chemicals down on sticky paper so you can remember.

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Shelfwar 2: Blake Babies, Tommy Keene, East River Pipe, Jacuzzi Boys, King Khan, Elastica.

faked by Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

See the first Shelfwar for the ‘rules.’

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Hearing blank verse in all the wrong places

faked by Monday, January 12th, 2009

Shakespeare has an overwhelming affect on some of us. I remember my youthful frustration that one could no longer write Shakespearean blank verse and be taken seriously. (A fact I discovered in the trial, by the way.) But some of us can’t give up that easily.

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Bayer aspirin, W. B. Yeats, and native Americans with toothaches

faked by Monday, January 12th, 2009

“Only connect,” writes James Dickey in a poem about a powerline worker. I make a few small connections from time to time, and they always give me pleasure. Not much to do with them otherwise but report them, so here goes.

Here’s one: We have all frequently heard the phrase “common sense,” usually together with the popular remark, on the verge of cliche itself, that it isn’t really common at all. I suspect there is a confusion here between two senses of the word “common.” In the modern sense, we mean “to be found anywhere.” I suspect the phrase originally meant “common” in quite another way. The older meaning is “basic, fundamental.” In other words, if you had even the elements of the most basic rules of making sense, you had common sense. The implication is that it does not require a genius of logic or philosophy to tell what is what, but that even “common” or basic sense will suffice.

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The Failures of Fox amidst the Triumph of Florida.

faked by Friday, January 9th, 2009

As a hardcore Bama fan, I cheered for the Tebow Child and Percy Harvin—plus those other guys—against the now Quad-Cursed Stoops Brigade. After the Sugar Bowl, I knew the Tebow was the real deal, a brush-cut QB/halfback straight out of a 1950’s football flick, complete with quaint (and real) honesty and devotion to his team.

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Shelfwar: Galaxie 500, the Go-Betweens, Barenaked Ladies, Nick Drake, the Jody Grind.

faked by Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Like every ex-dj music aficionado, my shelves are crammed with music, in my case over six formats: compact disc, cassette, digital, vinyl, 8-track, and reel-to-reel. As space is increasingly at a premium, this is my attempt to make sense of all the noise. The goal is to find wonderful music hiding in my own house, stuffed in closets or secreted on hard drives.

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