|Mosses From An Old Manse|
Friday, May 30, 2003
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Sonnet: England in 1819
"Rennie does not, however, we may note, state that Shelley habitually threw smaller boys at larger boys. The implication is that occasionally, perhaps, once only, he picked up a smaller boy and gestured with him when tormented beyond endurance."Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Happy Birthday Vincent Price, who introduced me to Poe in the movie theatres of Clinton, Ontario and Ayr, Scotland
Though very hard to tell now, this was across the railroad tracks from our house.
Listening, over and over, to "Letter from an Occupant" by the New Pornographers.Monday, May 26, 2003
"Couldn't pour piss out of his boot if the instructions were written on the heel"Saturday, May 24, 2003 Friday, May 23, 2003
2.Thursday, May 22, 2003
Journey to the West
Wednesday, May 21, 2003 Tuesday, May 20, 2003
"Fleischer was so parsimonious with information that in a single briefing shortly after Bush took office, he appeared to say he did not comment on the past, present or future."Monday, May 19, 2003
Nanaimo Bars mentioned in "A Mighty Wind" yesterday, and then they sang "O Canada" on "The Simpsons" season finale so auspicious Empire Day news all round. Early morning walk with Daph who spotted:Saturday, May 17, 2003
Friday, May 16, 2003
Tonight my wife must watch alone
Amidst the flowers a jug of wine,Thursday, May 15, 2003
"Ounce for ounce, they have a tremendously effective neuro-toxic venom...Where they occur, they often occur in very high numbers, but usually nobody is aware that they are there."Wednesday, May 14, 2003 Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Here's a poem by Gerrit Henry, an art critic and poet who just passed. It's from the only book of his I have, "The Mirrored Clubs of Hell". For some reason a number of New York school related books--including not only Koch and Ashbery, but some of those neat little Grove art paperbacks and MOMA catalogues--were scattered around Nanaimo used book stores for a few years in the late eighties/early nineties, including Henry's, which I might not have otherwise seen.
Hatlessly ventured out on the cold inside but slightly muggy and squinty outside day, buoyed by the fresh breeze that sprang up to alter my usual circuit for the shorter but woodsier one. But for only the second time since we moved here was turned back by gunfire coming from what sounded like (though always hard to tell in the echo-multiplying sound field of the valley) the coal tip. What sounded like a 22 in three shot bursts. Am I going to have to get one of those unflattering orange hats? I thought. So pivoted right sharp let me tell you, over the steepish ridge to a moss meadow, complete with lovely blue camas flowers today, but which appends onto several back yards hence a degree of caution. Many of the old trails of my little network either cross or border new houses, bought by people generally seeking both the convenience of town and the big lots, relaxed codes and implied omerta of country living, and as a group very attached to a pioneering aggresiveness about property rights, and instructing their dogs likewise. So every crack of dry branch a lttle louder, though the dogs are chained up ninety-five percent of the time, the owners inside or away as I skirt their homes ninety-nine point nine. But as I'm negotiating the last of the dry branches before the road the familar sense I'd had for a while, that some sort of twig had fallen down my back, began in a flash to seem more urgent, reaching down the back of my shirt I retrieved some sort of brown tick that had at that moment begun to dig in to me. Sending it flying in what could well have been the nick of time resulted in some small commotion of undergrowth stomping on my part which immediately caused every jack russell, pomeranian, dachsund, whippet, pit bull and terrier in the area to run to that part of their property nearest to me and bark their fucking brains out. But all fenced and not a human in sight. I slunk through the street with phantom bite pains causing big hysterical shivers.
links to some Vancouver artists...though very little useful web content on Canadian art generally...Monday, May 12, 2003
The CutupsSunday, May 11, 2003
One of Joyce’s letters to Nora (thank you Jordan) cut up with Sidney Blumenthal in Slate.Saturday, May 10, 2003
Licorice MorpheusFriday, May 09, 2003
It rises far in creating a unique anti-Americanism has become almost up in my throat supporter of toppling Saddam (uncontrollable.) It has possessed me, niche among the nine must in 2004 like acid reflux, that fashionable candidate. Gephardt was early like a disease. (It American sickness. I now election) Up after the rises up in my throat supporter of toppling Saddam Iraq war would make me feel ill. And it (a must in 2004 like acid reflux, that has. It has made me much, much more ill fashionable American sickness. I now election) My anti-Americanism has become almost far in creating a unique niche among the nine uncontrollable. It has possessed me, like a disease. It candidates. I now loathe the United States economy dips precipitously is the lone Democrat who can and what the liberal press here won’t back away from a fight. Cartoon faces, with big sharp teeth. It is grotesque. It is hideous. A nation that can paint those faces on death machines must be insane. There, I have said it. I detest burgers, it planes out of comic strips. This is simply not is hideous. This great and powerful nation bombs foreign possible. "The language of Shakespeare," the commentator that I took to be Ho Chi Minh, intoned, "has conquered Vietnam." I did not note down still familiarly known in America by its old French the dialogue, though I can vouch for that sentence colonial name of Saigon. "The language of Shakespeare," the about the language of Shakespeare. But the word "dollar" commentator intoned, "has conquered Vietnam." A nation that currency. The Vietnamese had won the war, but those can paint those faces on death machines must be faces to be painted as an image on its insane. There, I have said it. I have tried national aeroplanes has regressed into unimaginable irresponsibility. A nation to control my anti-Americanism, remembering the many Americans that that can paint those faces on death machines must I know and respect, but I can't keep it be insane. There, I have said it. I have down any longer. I tried to control my anti-Americanism, remembering the many Americans, I detest burgers, I detest American it down any longer. I detest burgers, I detest sentimental and violent didn't even win. On April 29, 2000, I switched Hollywood movies that tell lies about history. I detest on CNN in my hotel room and, by chance, American imperialism, American infantilism, and American triumphalism about victories saw an item designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary it didn't even win. On April 29, 2000, I of they were. We have almost ceased Boy, Daisy Cutter, and so forth. Voltaire told us that we invent words to ceased to notice when suicide bombers are described as conceal truths. More recently, Orwell pointed out to us "cowards". But there was something about long ago, Voltaire told us that we invent words those playfully grinning warplane faces that went beyond deception to conceal truths. More recently, Orwell pointed out to and distortion into the land of madness. They bay, indefinitely, and it may well hold them there call this justice and the rule of law America for ever.
A lot of the "invocational" texts I was using in those cut-ups below I got from this very well done site.
for those looking in who may not know, this site has more links than "Prime Cut" starring Lee Marvin and Gene Hackman, including a list of poetry audio second to none.
Sweet Exorcist.Thursday, May 08, 2003
The needle continues to wear after a good Blix was never going to be able to do. Fit is secured, therefore, a new needle should be. The difficulty of locating weapons of mass destruction doesn't used every time a record is changed. Good grade of needles should be used. It proves that inspections could never have worked while Hussein remained in power. Around the country in regard to this lies mostly in seeing to it tractor-trailers, buried them in out-of-the-way places and so on. That the record is clean and that good. The lesson is that finding Hussein's weapons isn't as needle as used in the pick-up. As stated in simple as pulling over to the side of the section 63, the record is purposely made abrasive, so road and peering into suspicious-looking buildings. It requires cracking as to wear the needle quickly to a good open the elaborate secrecy apparatus surrounding them. Hans Blix intimated as groove, or breaking of the film, the sound and much when he archly noted that "It is conspicuous picture will remain synchronized throughout the run, if properly that so far [U.S. troops] have not stumbled upon started. The device for translating the sound record of anything, evidence." The reason U.S. troops haven't yet found the disc. Sound itself must be capable of anything in that Hussein worked assiduously to hide his doing so without introducing distortion. The operator's responsibility in proscribed weapons. Iraq moved weapons the record and is creeping ever closer to the liberal mainstream. My picture must coincide at all times. Since the turntable fellow liberals who have taken up this line are mechanism is mechanically geared to the sprocket which pulls once again making a disastrous misjudgment. The soft version of the film through the machine, the proper relation of this argument is that the delay in finding weapons speed between film and disc is maintained at all of mass destruction proves we should have given the time, barring mishaps, such as the needle jumping the U.N. A second consideration is that the record mass destruction. Opponents of the war must be rotated at an absolutely consredt speed as assert, or at least hint, that the entire rationale even slight variations in speed will result in "wows." For the conflict has been undermined. The notion that to prevent any such slight variations of speed a Bush made the whole thing up about weapons of mechanical "filtering" device is incorporated in the synchronous turntable mass destruction has taken root on the left and drive. For synchronous reproduction of sound silly for a projector drive. When DC motors are used for few days later when Saddam Hussein's regime collapsed, to projector drive the speed must be adjusted by the apparent delight of most Iraqis. The speed of opponents are making a similar mistake. The present cause the non-synchronous turntables must also be adjusted by their crowing is the failure (thus far) of operator. The method of doing this is described in the military to find solid evidence of weapons of section 79. Extended period of time that its speed is seventy-eight revolutions per minute. This is accomplished could not be conclusively disproved until its adherents were by making the speed of the reproducer turntable correspond all long dead. Alas, after the campaign hit a with the speed of the recorder. For synchronous disc snag, many doves were unable to resist. the temptation reproduction this is taken care of in the design to crow over the supposed overconfidence of the war of the projector, and consredt speed motors are used plan -- and as a result looked pitch). liberal doves all made pretty much the same point, This condition can be obtained by running the disc with some variation: However successful the conflict itself might record during reproduction at exactly the same speed as be, the long-term diplomatic costs of alienating much of the wax disc was run when the sound was the world would outweigh any benefits. This prediction, while recorded. For synchronous records this speed is thirty-three and questionable, at least had the benefit of playing out one-third revolutions per minute. For nonsynchronous records the proper over such a good sound reproduction .
Procurement of a lapidary good clear pellucid war in Iraq was going superbly; just 19 days had crystal, of the bigness of a small orange, i.e. about passed, and already coalition troops were inside Baghdad, on the one inch and a half in diameter; let it be verge of giving him his second military victory as president. Globular or round each way alike; then, when you have the hunt was on for chemical weapons, the original argument got this crystal, fair and clear, without any clouds or for going to war. And Bush, with his best ally specks, got a small plate of pure gold to encompass by his side, was crossing new frontiers as a world the crystal round one half; let this be fitted on leader, committing to talks on peace in Northern Ireland and an ivory or ebony pedestal, as you may see more the Middle East. But Bush showed little sign of inner fully described in the drawing, [figure 1]. Let there be contentment. As reporters challenged him about plans for postwar Iraq, engraved a circle (A) round the crystal with these characters he grew impatient, even indignant. His legs shifting behind the around inside the circle next the crystal ; afterwards the lectern, he gestured menacingly as if to choke an enemy, name "Tetragrammaton". On the other side of the plate let demonstrating the grip Saddam Hussein once had on Iraq. When there be engraven "Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael;" which are the an American correspondent asked him to clarify what role he four principal angels ruling over the Sun, Moon, Venus and envisioned for the United Nations in rebuilding the country – Mercury; but on the table on which the crystal stands the question on everyone's mind that day – Bush sounded the following names, characters, &c. must be drawn in order. incredulous. "We have said all along there needs to be First, The names of the seven planets and angels ruling a role for the United Nations," Bush said, clearly irritated. them, with their seals or characters. The names of the "We will keep repeating it. And evidently there's some skepticism four kings of the four corners of the earth. Let here in Europe about whether or not I mean what them be all written within a double circle, with a I say. Saddam Hussein clearly knows I mean what I triangle on a table; on which place the crystal on say." Seconds later, Bush abruptly cut off questioning, a privilege its pedestal: this being done, thy table is complete (as usually assumed by the summit host. Such combativeness from Bush in the Fig. D,) and fit for the calling of has become increasingly routine, especially in dealing with reporters or the spirits; after which thou shalt proceed to experiment, thus: anyone else who dares challenge his authority. Indeed, for in what time thou wouldest deal with the spirits by president who is closely stage-managed and prides himself on discipline, the table and crystal, thou must observe the planetary hour; George W. Bush has let his temper flare publicly an and whatever planet rules in that hour, the angel governing unusual number of times. He has glared at the cameras, the planet thou shalt call in the manner following; but threatened his adversaries, even joked about running a dictatorship. The first, say this short prayer: "Oh, God! who art the outbursts, although occasional, have fed the cowboy caricature that sums author of all good things, strengthen, I beseech thee, thy up why a large number of people around the world poor servant, that he may stand fast, without fear, through are so furious with his administration and, by extension, the this dealing and work; enlighten, I beseech thee, oh Lord! United States. Yet Bush's ire is more than an interesting the dark understanding of thy creature, so that his spiritual impulse. It reflects a driving force behind his presidency. Bush eye may be opened to see and know thy angelic detests being challenged, whether by reporters or political leaders. He spirits descending here in this crystal: (then lay thy hand is unyielding in his convictions, to the exclusion of all on the crystal saying,) and thou, oh inanimate creature of else. He is principled. But he is also stubborn, a God, sanctified and consecrated, and blessed to this purpose, trait that has become a guiding force of his governing that no evil phantasy may appear in thee; or, if style, a management tool, and perhaps even a new chapter they do gain ingress into this creature, they may be in American history. In a certain sense, it is this constrained to speak intelligibly, and truly, and without the least bold rigidity that best explains his first two years in ambiguity, for Christ's sake. Amen. And forasmuch as thy servant office, which have seen an amazing string of triumphs few here standing before thee, oh, Lord! desires neither evil treasures, could have predicted when he won the election. From no injury to his neighbour, nor hurt to any living $1.3 trillion tax cut to the midterm elections to the creature, grant him the power of descrying those celestial spirits war in Iraq, Bush has repeatedly pushed all his chips or intelligences, that may appear in this crystal, and whatever into the middle of the poker table and dared his good gifts (whether the power of healing infirmities, or of opponents to challenge him. And repeatedly, he has won. Ask imbibing wisdom, or discovering any evil likely to afflict any his critics to explain how Bush operates, and the phrase person or family, or any other good gift thou mayest they come up with most often is "my way or be pleased to bestow on me, enable me, by thy the highway," bullyish words it is possible to imagine Bush wisdom and mercy, to use whatever I may receive to using himself. White House advisers delicately call it leadership, but the honour of thy holy name. Grant this for thy there is a proud feeling in the corridors of the son Christ's sake. Amen." Then taking your ring and pentacle, West Wing that Bush has accomplished more of his agenda put the ring on the little finger of your right with his swagger and determination than Bill Clinton ever did hand; hang the pentacle round thy neck ; (Note, the by being nice. Vice President Dick Cheney elaborated on it pentacle may be either wrote on clean virgin parchment, or at length earlier this year, saying in an NBC television engraven on a square plate of silver and suspended from interview that "the notion that the president is a cowboy thy neck to the breast), then take your black ebony – I don't know, is a Westerner – I think wand, with the gilt characters on it and trace the that's not necessarily a bad idea. I think the fact circle, (Fig. 7. C D E F,) saying, "In the of the matter is he cuts to the chase. He name of the blessed Trinity, I consecrate this piece of is very direct, and I find that very refreshing. "Oftentimes," ground for our defence; so that no evil spirit may Cheney continued, "you can get so tangled up in the have power to break these bounds prescribed here, through Jesus nuance and the fine points of diplomacy of dealing with Christ our Lord." Amen. Then place the vessel for the these kind of issues, engage in a large debate. But perfumes between thy circle and the holy table on which the people who make things happen, the leaders who set the crystal stands, and, having fire therein, cast in thy the world, if you will, on a new course, deal perfumes, saying, "I conjure thee, oh thou creature of fire! effectively with these kinds of threats that we've never been by him who created all things both in heaven and faced with before, will be somebody exactly like President Bush. earth, and in the sea, and in every other place I think he's exactly what the circumstances require."
Waking up to Aphex Twin's "26 Mixes for Cash".Wednesday, May 07, 2003
I'll stop now.
A Demon Responds
Bennett in the Hands of an Angry GodTuesday, May 06, 2003
following generated with this online program using preceding poem and version with today's Paul Krugman in the NYT
Parallax Krugman Cut Up
Amazing long poem from Harewood's Kevin Davies here, amongst much elseMonday, May 05, 2003
check out La Bolduc below! also links to lots of other great singers and musicians from Canada's past--all in streaming audio or mp3's, lots of info:
I've figured out how to link--do check out the Haeckel especially.Sunday, May 04, 2003
From the horne
Friday, May 02, 2003
Away from the Manse for a couple of days.
3.Thursday, May 01, 2003
I think the archives work now.
Gotan Project (French gypsy house)
One more from Hugh: