Saturday, May 14, 2011

Spare quote

“By turning my head involuntarily, I can always see my alter ego, familiars or the gang of elementals that partly constitute my being.”
Austin O Spare 1948

Friday, May 13, 2011


i dont do this much and dont know if anyone is listening
what is up... biz as usual... going to promote in the UK and GER soon
thing at the Whitney museum
hmmm... spring came and it stopped snowing for now

Sunday, December 5, 2010


currently Tazmania, pretty here, Hobart sort of Newcastle with palm trees... tour is moving gradually around Australia and thereabouts... lots of waiting for traffic lights in the cities...

Friday, July 23, 2010


today i suffered through Reagan's '81 inaugural speech that was broadcast on NPR... i thought that it was admirable that someone was going to make note of the irony of hearing Ron's words from then in todays economic climate... for example he says:
" But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades, we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is..." well he doesn't end with "to continue this long trend IS MY FUCKING PLAN OF ACTION!" rather he says he's not for it, that too much government involvement is a bad bad thing etc etc... do i have to comment here about why i think this is ironic? sure the US unemployment rate was a hi 7.5% at the beginning of '81 but who believes that its only 10% today? raise hands...
and who believes that Ron was the corporate poster boy and sure, he was happy to stop 'government involvement' by handing the key to the country to wall street... in the rest of the speech in fact the phrase 'decreasing government involvement' for me became a sort of code for 'total selling out' stopping regulatory commissions dead etc... wasnt it Reagan who even put the cabash on how long TV commercials were allowed to be... simply put the deregulation of the advertising industry... i found this passage: In 1984, ACT (Action for Children's Television, a child advocacy group) responded to the proliferation of program length commercials by filing a complaint to the FCC. However, according to the FCC, "marketplace forces can better determine commercial levels than our own rules"
etc etc
so even before the speech droned on to its god-fearing conclusion i realized that we probably weren't gonna hear any bright summation after all, and lo it turned out that the speech was just a homage to 'stirring words' on some 'stirring words' show that found its way onto NPR and rather than pointing up the absolutely crazy irony of the words we listened to some Reagan biographer carry on about what a great president Ron was... the final irony was to hear this guy say what a great and inspiring speaker Ronnie was.. as they say he was listening to a different piece of bla bla than the one i heard

Sunday, July 18, 2010

time, heat

alas i have neglected here lately... facebook is easy and stupidly engrossing so that... the Uk jaunt was good fun, there i sso much good will towards us there that it makes the whole thing all the more... also the family came so there wasnt the usual separation anxiety... now brief hiatus twixt gigs... not much to report... along with various fan contingents i too am anxiously awaiting news of the impending record release... meanwhile i am working pretty regularly on material for whatever the next one is after 'panic'
its hot as all here... what if it keeps getting hotter? what if Al Gore is not a nut? etc
have you seen the thing about the huge island of garbage the size of Texas or bigger than the whole US depending on where you look; 'the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, has been growing a brisk rate since the 1950s, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. The trash stew is 80 percent plastic and weighs more than 3.5 million tons.
"At this point, cleaning it up isn't an option, It's just going to get bigger as our reliance on plastics continues." says Chris Parry who works with the California Coastal Commission in San Francisco'
cover with dirt plant trees etc

Friday, April 2, 2010


this guy was found hidden on a shelf in CVS... some sort of deformed peep...