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Bush's reading list included Camus' "The Stranger"

"What did it mean that the President had taken the slim novel along to Crawford? Focusing largely on the premise of the narrative — Mersault, a disaffected Westerner, remorselessly guns down an Arab man, faces trial, and dies without regret
An NPR broadcast suggested that reading the book could only be character-building for the President, while the Daily Show offered its own take on the choice."

[Boldtype Issue 35]

On another note, Slate uses Camus' "The Fall" (written during the Algerian War) to discuss US torture policies.

"Camus wrote The Fall during the Algerian War, when France was beginning to face a crisis of conscience over torture similar to what the United States faces now. Indeed, clear parallels exist between the French experience in Algeria and the American experience in Iraq: Like the war on terror, much of the French effort to pacify and retain Algeria was waged against a nearly invisible enemy that tended to melt into the landscape. Intelligence-gathering was crucial—and that led to torture."

[Peter Brooks writing for Slate]

Digital Inferno

Abandon hope all ye who enter here.

"Public domain books, long out of copyright and seen only by the fortunate few in the great research libraries of the world, are about to come out of the closet in their millions and into the homes of internet users all over the world."
"The Book Search Service forms part of Google's ambitious Library Project, which has seen it form partnerships with major institutions around the world including the University of California, Harvard, the New York Public Library, Oxford University and the Library of Congress.
The Association of American Publishers last year filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging the company's plans to scan and digitally distribute the text of library collections would violate copyright protections.
The search engine argues the small extracts of text constitute "fair use" and it said yesterday: "If publishers or authors don't want to have their books digitised, they just have to say so and we exclude them."

[quotes from Katie Allen, Guardian UK]
[illustration by Dante]

Fundraiser Loot Looted

All of the cash went missing from the Bleeker Street kitty after the hosts of the n+1 fundraiser fell asleep at their own party.

"...the party was so nice that we were lulled into a false sense of security. Everybody was wearing jackets; there was classical music. We didn't think anyone was going to steal our money."

n+1 is a new literary magazine started by Benjamin Kunkel. They lost $3,000.

"The $3,000 was intended to fund a pamphlet on the avant-garde, which the editors hope to publish in the fall. It was also meant to offset the cost of producing the tote bags, which was much more expensive than expected."

"...our office manager got into a fight with his girlfriend and had to leave the party, and he's usually the guy who watches the cash box"

[quotes from the New York Sun article, By Kate Taylor - Staff Reporter of the Sun]

Dinosaur Junior's Gear Stolen

Help Save Dinosaur Jr.! (not so junior anymore)

Dinosaur Jr Gear Stolen (Long Island City, NY)

"After a blistering set last night in Brooklyn, NY the band awoke this morning to find that the their trailer had been broken into and all of the gear has been taken. J's Amma guitar, the mountain man guitar, Lou's Rickenbacker... EVERYTHING IS GONE. They are still taking inventory to see what else is gone but they were pretty much wiped out.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Spread the word to everyone you know, every music store, pawn shop, club... anywhere you can think they may show up.

If you have ANY information let us know - contact
J Mascis Management.

The band is driving to Amherst to see if they can get enough gear together to play the scheduled show @ Toads in New Haven, CT but it may have to be cancelled.

listed below is [the] gear that was stolen out of the Dinosaur Jr trailer last night (Tuesday 8.29.06) outside of their hotel in Long Island City, NY.

If anyone has any information about this gear, please call Brian Schwartz at the number below or on his cell at 303.956.9671 or Bart Dahl at 212.777.0922 or on his cell at 720.331.1836. Thanks and Best, Brian

1959 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 38927.

-decal coming off. cracked headstock at top near low E peg. color black with purple/bluish sparkle coming through. adonized pick guard gold metal. tuneomatic bridge gold, tuning pegs gold.

1961-3 Fender Jazzmaster SN# 62012.
-purple sparkle, black pickup covers. headstock repaired, a whole new piece of wood was glued on for the top part of the headstock under the tuners and up a 1/2” , along the whole top of the headstock. gold tuneomatic bridge, gold tuners

1964-5 Fender Jazzmaster SN# L21581.
-orange, white pearl pickguard, stickers we're all over it, original tuners.

Fender Purple Jazzmaster new SN# R074329.
-purple sparkle with matching headstock gold adonized guard tuneomatic bridge.

Rory Gallagher Stratocaster new SN# R25507.
-has a big gold grover tuning peg on low E Rickenbacker 197? Fireglo Bass SN# 4001. -checker-board binding.

B.C. Rich Warlock Bass SN# 4242413
Custom pedal board with custom audio electronics RS-10 foot controller, Teese RNC2 wah pedal, boss stage tuner, mute box, and cables.


[1] Paiste 20" 2002 medium

[1] Paiste 20" giant beat

[1] Paiste 20" 2002 crash

[2] Paiste 19" 2002 crash

[2] Paiste 15" 2002 sound edge top hi-hats

[1] 15" 2002 sound edge bottom hi-hats

On Black backpack with Sony headphones, tools, etc.

Brian L. Schwartz
Bleemusic, Inc.
4780 Sterling Dr.
Boulder, CO. 80301

Tel 303.998.0001 Fax 303.998.0015

http://www.bleemusic.com/ "

[reposted from JMascis' site]


Shins Inspired by Jesus and Mary Chain

The Shins long awaited Sub Pop release is finally coming out in January. It's called Wincing the Night Away. They told Billboard that some songs are
reminiscent of Jesus and Mary Chain and the Beta Band.


Coming Soon

Reviews of Mizoguchi's: Ugetsu, Osaka Elegy, Street of Shame, Sansho the Bailiff, and The Life of Oharu.


Parks Not Parking

"REBAR, [a San Francisco-based art collective] opened eyes worldwide by transforming a metered parking spot into a PARK. We reclaimed the street for parks and people…at least until the meter ran out!

"On November 16th, 2005, (...) REBAR identified a site that was underserved by public outdoor space located in an ideal, sunny location between the hours of noon and 2 pm. They installed a small, temporary park that provided nature, seating, and shade. By their calculations, they provided 24,000 square-foot-minutes of public open space that afternoon."

" REBAR, with support from The Trust for Public Land (TPL), [a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places], want you, the most creative minds in San Francisco, to create the most innovative PARK in a parking spot."

The next installation occurs on 09.21.06.

Bay Crossing

This bay crossing video just arrived in my email.


Black Swan Greenery

Black Swan Green is David Mitchell's latest effort.

Here are some reviews.
Bookforum Review

Salon Review

Village Voice Review

On Return of the Reluctant

Return of the Reluctant and Bookdwarf #1

Return of the Reluctant and Bookdwarf #2

Return of the Reluctant and Bookdwarf #3

Return of the Reluctant and Bookdwarf #4

David Mitchell Goes to Bat Twice

Edward Champion, of Return of the Reluctant,

interviews David Mitchell
in a two-part podcast (episodes #54 and #55) of the Bat Segundo Show.

Extra Long Footnotes

Scott, of Conversational Reading, is blogging his reading of Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch. Here's the rest of it, Hopscotch 2 , and, featured in CV's Friday column, Hopscotch 3.

from Scott Esposito,
"Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch is a novel with an unconventional format. It includes 155 chapters, but only the first 56 are "required." As Cortazar says in a brief introductory note, after chapter 56 "the reader may ignore what follows with a clean conscience." Chapters 57 - 155 are even labeled "expendable chapters," perhaps implying that although they are informational, they are hardly required."

He then goes on to discuss whether or not the remaining chapters should be viewed as extra long footnotes.


The Cool Out

Renata Poljak, The View, 2005

"Cooling Out, The Paradox of Feminism" is up now at Kunsthaus Basel 8.13.2006-10.01.2006

quote: from the Kunsthaus Show Announcement

"According to Peggy Phelan, feminism is based on the conviction that gender constitutes a fundamental category in our social systems. The latter are predicated on hierarchical patterns that normally put men first and women second, giving preference to the male segment of the population in a variety of fields. Even though many demands made by the feminist movement have clearly been met, the cultural image of women still leaves a lot to be desired. There is a certain backlash regarding the image of women: In a time of crisis in employment markets outdated concepts on the division of labor continue to hold sway, as demands for autonomy and full equality are not given the weight they deserve. To what an extent do our societies, men and women alike, still consider the female body the basis of women’s identity?"
"After all, critical feminist artists such as Hannah Wilke or Nancy Spero have triggered a “mainstreaming” of sexuality in art. The exhibition revolves around these questions. It looks into approaches currently taken by young female “post-feminist” artists to this issue, and it explores whether or not ambivalence or rejection of feminism can also be found in them. How is feminism connoted? Are distinctions made between “difference-based feminism” and its constructivist embodiments, i.e. between essentialist interpretations of femininity and discursive-relativistic methodologies that pursue no political or identity-related agenda?"

Making Love

Making Love
, by Jean Phillipe Toussaint is the second of his works I've found in translation. The first was
Television. I found most readers interpreted the ending a bit differently than I did. I won't hit you with a spoiler. I've loaned my copy of this book to a friend (hence the absence of quotes from the book), so I'll just say it was a quality read, capturing some of the same moments of nauseating ambiguity, chilled ecstasy, and technology as a jarring and inescapable interruption to the normal circadian rhythms of sleep, harmony, and sex as in Television.

I'll write a longer reaction, once the text is at hand.



There will be a reception for the summer group show I'm in at Bucheon Gallery
on August 18th from 7-9pm
The show is up now, and runs from
August 3 - September 2, 2006

Bucheon Gallery
389 Grove St.
San Francisco CA 94102
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am-6pm


Ethan Murrow
Clayton Lewallen
Michael Johnstone
Julie Chang
Olive Ayhens
David Faulk
Terri Saul
Scott DiBie
Jacqueline Cooper
Lucho Pozo
David McDermott
Kirsten Tradowsky



This is a recording made in the home studio of one Tommy Chan, who's on lead guitar. J.P. Fitting is on bass. Bill Saul (my pops) is on resonator guitar. It's from 2002, when Tommy was with in a group with Bill and J.P. called Brown's Garage. J.P. used to be with Dr. Hook, when J.P. was about 17. Tommy, a sound engineer, and J.P. are in a band called the Naked Trucker out of Los Angeles.