Saturday, April 16, 2005
Life. A good buddy of ours died this morning, far away in Tennessee. Barrett would sometimes visit this little thing and astound me with his vibrant, sparkling intelligence. He was.. he was...
Besides the usual reasons, I always hate it when someone dies and we have to listen to all the pat praise and superlative. It makes me uncomfortable, it makes me squirm. But Barrett was truly singular. I can't say we were the best of friends, and we certainly didn't go to war together, but goddam, can a personality leave an impression on you. He was one of those guys you'd think about on a Tuesday afternoon and laugh. That's what I'll do right now. He was, more or less, leading the Victorian Revolution. Christ. Sorry, Barrett.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Hey! Art is fun! Especially political art. Ha ha! And it's no Secret that art plays an important public Service. Ha HA!
[Secret Service] agents turned up [at Columbia COllege in Chicago] Thursday evening just before the public opening of "Axis of Evil, the Secret History of Sin," and took pictures of some of the art pieces -- including "Patriot Act," showing President Bush on a mock 37-cent stamp with a revolver pointed at his head.
The agents asked what the artists meant by their work and wanted museum director CarolAnn Brown to turn over the names and phone numbers of all the artists. They wanted to hear from the exhibit's curator, Michael Hernandez deLuna, within 24 hours, she said.
The Columbia exhibit features 47 artists from 11 countries and depicts powerful religious and political leaders worldwide on mock postage stamps. One, called "Citizen John Ashcroft," shows Ashcroft's face fashioned from images of naked bodies at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Another piece -- "I saw it in a movie starring Steven Segal" -- shows a series of images of an airplane nearing, then crashing into the Sears Tower, and ends with the Chicago skyline without the skyscraper.
Secret Service spokesman Brandon Bridgeforth said he couldn't go into specifics about last week's visit.
"We are doing some inquiries into the art exhibit. We're just doing some looking into it," Bridgeforth said.
It's hard for a Secret Service agent to explain just what seditious art is, but let's just say he knows it when he sees it. And that makes me feel good.
Man. I have not written anything in a while. And this computer's "W" key doesn't work so well. Which is the last thing I needright no...w. Which reminds me of a joke my friend Mike (who's getting married in a couple months) and I had some years back. There was an article in the Boston Globe about a pet python that had escaped into the suburban streets of Medford. The article quoted a local as saying, "Great. The last thing I need is to see some huge snake alking don the street." We both found the semantics of this hilarious, and it later turned into a more fully-realized image of a six-foot snake, walking upright across the street from this man's house. As he steps outside and sees the snake he yells, "Great! That is the last thing I need right now!" Not so much shocked as he is put out by the sight of this snake.
And I think that says it all.
Yes. I've started a ne job that demands an ungodly amount of my time. It is temporary and fun, so I'm not complaining. They gave me a laptop. They're giving me a cell phone, and the other night they paid to put me up in King of Prussia. That is worth something, no?
More to come.