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Monthly archive July, 2006

Vintage Capote

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Gilda Radner on the creation of Bawbwa Wawa

More on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Congratulations to the editor’s of this book for winning the Ryga Award, named after playwright George Ryga, whose play The Ecstasy of Rita Joe was the first Canadian play I ever saw. Maggie De Vries apparently won the inaugural award for Missing Sarah, which I have yet to read but will put it on my...

Fanny Howe

The Lives of a Spirit was originally published by Sun & Moon press in 1987. Last year nighthboat books republished it with a coda: Glasstown: Where Something Got Broken. I’ve had the book for several weeks now, and in that time I have had an intense relationship with it, picking it up, reading a page,...

Quote of the week

This is my one day off. I want a talking girl.–Emmet Ray, Sweet & Lowdown

I’m finally beginning to get to my half-finished posts…I’ll start with Hesse.

Everyone is talking about Eva Hesse, the visual artist who placed her finger on the pulse of minimalism, altering its course profoundly in her brief, but stellar career. With simultaneous shows at The Drawing Center and The Jewish Museum, there is no doubt that Hesse will be influencing artists and writers in the coming years....

Oh Poetry…

Words on the art of poetry and poetry scams from Jordan Davis and Joshua Corey, and more on MFAs from Gabe Gudding and in repsonse Ron Silliman. This is generally a topic folks want to avoid publicly it seems to me (though I once heard Franz Wright rant at length about the evil MFA programs...

Narrative

quote from the intro toAs participants in narrative, we have the power and the pleasure of being in more than one place at one time—or, of being at more than one time in one place. We engage with the events of narrative as changes taking place in time. And, we engage with the narrative as...

An Apparent Event: A Second Story Anthology, ed. Mary Burger

From “The Boy Who Could Fly” I wanted to write novelsbecause I wanted to knowwhat would happenand why. I wanted to knowwhat happens.I wanted what happensto be something I could know. As if,when he says, Oh,naked and inside. Does what happensmean the thingthat happensor is the meaning of what happenssomething else again. Is everything that...

Mary Burger

Sonny is one of the most exciting texts I’ve encountered in some time. Thin, agile, light as air, and condensed to the point of delirious richness, it possesses the sort of elasticity that I find irresistible. Bed time reading, subway reading, a steady companion in a narrative way–there is propulsion–but also in the random entry....

The Libertine

It took a while to get back to The Libertine, but I’ve finally had occasion to see the movie and have nothing but praise for everything from the photography, to the script, to the direction, costume, and thankfully, the acting itself. I was not convinced that Johnny Depp could pull off Rochester, that most lurid...

Virginia Woolf & Ethel Smyth

Anyone ever heard a composition of Ethel Smyth’s? Anyone believe that she and Woolf actually had an affair? And what is it with the pipe?

NYC is design

Okay, so why doesn’t Andrea Zittel have a line of furniture? Much more useful than Murakami’s infiltration into the handbag business… Have you checked out Room & Board? apt? And have you seen what Todd Oldham is doing with the Laz-y-boy? I may well trade in my oily orange version of 70s suburban sloth…300 colors…you...

Paradise Now

This movie is a must see. Paradise Now starts out on a typical day in the West Bank city of Nablus, where daily life grinds down everything in sight (from buildings to bodies…), and check points constantly see people circling in on themselves… But things change quickly when the two friends are chosen to carry...

It’s Hot in the city, and it will be hotter next Tuesday

TUESDAY, JULY 25, 7PM@ Dixon Place (258 Bowery, 2nd Floor, btw. Houston & Prince)Admission is $5 at the door. Readings by: E. Tracy Grinnell, Paul Foster Johnson, & Sina Queyras E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of Some Clear Souvenir (O Books, 2006), Of the France (a duration press ebook, 2004), Music or Forgetting (O...

The Hound will read a poem by Mina Loy on August 6th, and then part of a longer Stein piece with some excellent poets, on August 10th. I hear the air conditioning is very good…

Early morning, Chinatown. A block I hadn’t discovered before. New York is like that though, you can discover a block only to realize you’ve aldready discovered it a year back…there’s just so much to see.

Fabulous: one of the gate keepers at the NYPL

A lot of time at the New York Public Library this summer. Where better to work in the city? And one of these days very soon I’ll check out the Book Art Exhibit and report back.

NYPL

David Hasselhoff – Hooked on a Feeling

Okay, life just gets more and more strange…

Poetry Magazine

Is it worth commenting on Poetry Magazine? I didn’t think so. Not until I recieved a solicitation in the mail that included a lengthy article from the New York Sun (which should have been paid advertising if you ask me) about the the magazine’s rebrith under Christian Wiman. There are so many problems with this...

Quote of the week

If God is a capitalist we’re all screwed.

dada at the moma

Much of this comprehensive show at MOMA will be familiar to those familiar with DADAists. Actually walking in to the museum/gallery felt eerie (not to mention full…there was barely any room to move). And the eerie was partly about the people, but also about the odd disjunct of seeing this art in such a space,...

Lawn bad, garden good

You have to love this project. I still don’t understand why cities aren’t FULL of rooftop gardens. This is a no-brainer to me. Studies have shown that added green space can bring temperatures down in concrete jungles. Not to mention extended greenlines, more spaces for birds…and way less chemicals than lawns, which after a few...

And the rain came: thunderstorms in Brooklyn

Lisa Robertson’s Office for Soft Architecture

Oh, you just have to love a book launch at Value Village. This event falls under the category of “where I wish I was right now” instead of enduring the smog and 90 degree temperatures of the northeast…but as readers of the Hound will know, Robertson is a favorite, and Soft Architecture–published first by Clear...

Fishing, Central Park

Dykes to watch our for

Ah, the queer life. It just gets more interesting. Cartoonist and chronicler of all things lesbian, Bechdel, talks to the Village Voice.

Writing is not a commodity. Writing is thinking made visible. Writing is always forward (or backward depending on language and global positioning). Writing is the space between this And this (on the train, now space is only in relation to stopping whereas language persists).

What the hell? What a way to go. I had no idea what these two (or is that three?) were up to…

Street performers

Go Ryan Knighton!

I always like to see a fellow Canadian grab some prime press. This week’s Time Out features the Vancouver writer and his memoir Cockeyed, now out from Public Affairs (who is that??). Congrats.

Philly news

Sky, Italian Market I’m going to have to start a section for Philly links now…starting with the earlier post regarding Zoe Strauss and now CA Conrad’s blog. Oh, it’s starting to seem like fun. And oh, yah, that heat wave finally broke.

Notes toward an essay on criticism

Never out of fearAlways with curiousityNever with spite or maliceAlways trying to make connectionNever with your own agendaAlways with a sense of possibilityNever angry at what you don’t yet understandAlways mindful of the past Looking at Pope’s Essay on Criticism, he says “The gen’rous Critick fann’d the Poet’s Fire,/ And taught the World, with Reason...

Something for everyone in Philly

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Oh, Philly just got a lot more exciting yesterday when I popped up from the greenline to discover this gallery. There were several inspiring shows: Sara Reisman’s Soft Sites and Candida Hofer’s Architecture of Absence, in particular. I was struck by the spectacle of absence, the suspended potential, in Hofer’s photographs of spaces, usually grand...

Candida Hofer

rawlings reviews scream events

wish i were there!

Morning, Chinatown, Lower East Side

More please, Streep that is

Warning: gushing ahead. Full on admiration for Streep, full disclosure that the wonky morals of this fantasy aside, the Hound loved The Devil Wears Prada, and has put the movie on the list of kick-ass moments for women. (Cate Blanchett playing Elizabeth is also on this list…and I hope I’ll be adding the sequel, shooting...

Philly is Friendly; Canada has a birthday

Everywhere I go people want to stop and say Hey. These two were in the middle of Doggie Etiquette 101, which you can see works wonders…But really, this is what it feels like to be outside of Canada looking in. Happy Canada Day all.

Tattooed Mama’s

You get toys with your beer…

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