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Art Silliness

Obtuse Strategies Deck

I’m sure most people know about Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies — a deck of cards with gnomic suggestions to consult at random during creative work. I propose my own, new deck, informed by my jaundiced world view, and in no small part, my own failings as a human being. Cultivate the disreputable Lie gratuitously Argue […]

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Art Music tv

In Praise of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

This post has been making the rounds this week and I had to respond. Not so much because it needs defending, but because I believe this post fundamentally misunderstands Peanuts and A Charlie Brown Christmas. “F*ck You, Charlie Brown.” Poor Charles Schultz would cringe to see that; he was a pretty old fashioned guy for […]

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Art Music politics

The Awl: The Phantom Tollbooth, or The Democratizing Principle of Literature

Maria Bustillos nails it on the Awl Blog “…I cannot help but think that it is flat wrong to teach anyone that he or she should not read, or love, or identify with, any book he or she pleases.” George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, originated a great turn of phrase — “”There is one, […]

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Art Family Silliness

My Children’s Treasury Of Helpful Misinformation — now downloadable/printable

I drew a book for my niece Lucy for Christmas 2007, based on an anecdote from her mother Tessa: Tessa was in a bookstore in Park Slope Brooklyn with my niece Lucy, who was two and a half years old. Lucy tells Tessa “Mommy, let me read to you!” So Tessa sits down with Lucy, […]

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Art Music

If you can make it there: Tyne Daly & Martha Plimpton Caberet in NYC?

I read the New York Times Arts section on the off chance they’ll write about music I might find interesting. When that happens it’s usually perceptive and well-written. This week, I note two reviews for events I can’t even begin to imagine attending: Martha Plimpton and Tyne Daly doing Caberet shows. The structuralist critics liked […]

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Art copyright Music

Digital Download Services — How Ugly Are The Licenses?

Consider Boomkat. They’re very specific about what you can do with them: put them on up to three computers, three portable music players, and burn on up to five CDs. They say that you permanently own the tracks you purchase, but at the same time they’re owned by Boomkat and the other parties involved — […]

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Art

Subconscious Art Of Graffitti Removal

This is really kinda awesome, and says something I’d never thought of before. I am fascinated by subconscious art of all sorts, like Ghost Signs

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Art Movies

Brittany Murphy — The Lesser Known Movies

So, writing about a movie star when they die isn’t exactly my thing, but Brittany Murphy dying got to me. And I wouldn’t write about it at all except that through random trolling for movies with Melissa, I saw a few of her lesser known movies that were interesting. To wit: Sidewalks of New York […]

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Art

Stone Cold Classic: Popeye “Sinbad The Sailor”

All of the original Ub Iwerks “Popeye” cartoons lapsed into Public Domain before the film industry stooges bribed Congress to extend copyright indefinitely. These cartoons were vastly superior to the later Popeye retreads, which are still under copyright. Paul Di Filippo reminded me that a lot of these are available on Youtube these days. And […]

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Art Music

Pansonic & Haino Kenji Live

Whoa I got the mailer from Bleep just now and featured is Pan.Sonic and Haino Kenji “Shall I Download a Black Hole”. This was recorded at the Volksbühne in Berline on November 15, 2007, and I went to that show. I don’t know how a recording could really do justice to that show — I […]

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Art

One from one of my favorite LJ Photographers…

Rob’s this guy from Canada who takes pictures, among other things, and this one kinda blew my mind. Click thru on the pic to get to his entry.

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Art Movies

The Awfulness of Religion-driven Art

The other night I watched, beginning to end the movie Faith Like Potatoes. It’s based on a ‘true’ story of a farmer who leaves Zambia for South Africa, and how he becomes a lay Evangelical preacher. I liked the setting in Kwazulu Natal, and hearing Zulu spoken. It was beautifully filmed. Those two things kept […]