Tuesday, July 24, 2012

JFK’s Predator, Shaggy Tibetan, Verdi’s Slave Girl

To right-- that famous 1993 logodaedalus:

Sorting Things Out. Sort of.

It’s summer, heat wave’s over, and I can either catch my breath or do the laundry. I decide instead to go through a pile of letters and papers near a chair I hardly sit in any more. I generally sit at a computer, my back facing the to-do piles, and try to block out the chaotic real world. It works, I’m very good at avoidance. Olympic-class good.

First thing to do is clear debris from that chair I hardly sit in anymore. That’s not so hard, takes about 30 minutes, though for every action there is an equally unpleasant reaction. I don’t throw away the debris, I move it to another place. And that’s not good.

But now, at least there's a big chair to sit in, to sort nearby things in order to reward myself, to earn a shot at looking through some 10 or fifteen books I recently brung [sic] home and piled up in my hallway. I’ve found that if you don’t look soon at 'em soon enough, they lose their pizazz, so I‘m eager to look. Plus, my landlord doesn't much like books cluttering the hallway.

So, I start sorting whatever's closest and I find & go through a 1993 logodaedalus with some art and poetry by Paul Collier & I’m reading it, as if for the first time & it’s really fun.

Then I find a program, with notes, not mine, from an Alger Hiss lecture at Hopkins, May 3, 1974. I used to live across the street from Hopkins and caught some good stuff there, John Barth, for one, missed Derrida, probably moved to Kentucky Avenue across/past the stadium by May of 74. “TIME SHALL NOT DIM THE GLORY OF THEIR DEEDS”. Memorial stadium said that. “I had to go to Lewisburg to meet communists!” said Hiss, according to those notes which add: “(big laugh)”!

2011 papers never even clipped or saved

Next up in the pile-- some old NY times music reviews. I skip Stephen Holden’s take on Olivia Newton-John (“queen of toy music”[jan 82]) and Robert Palmer’s “Chic Discovers Life After Disco” [dec 81] but linger over John Rockwell’s riff on Kim Carnes, “Bette Davis Eyes” (“pop-single phenomenon of the year” [jul 81]). He compares her vocal style to Rod Stewart’s “frayed tenor” and also to Bonnie Tyler. Says Rockwell “That kind of voice, raspy, soulful and uncontrolled, triggers powerful emotions in people.”

Almost seven years later, June 1987, Jon Pareles, in a Times article, “Of Rasps, Yowls and Din (just guessing "Din" is last word, last word is cut off, just a "Di" showing)” says irritants are essential esthetics “extending the vocabulary of brass snorts and saxophone squeals... courting anarchy with increasingly open structures and far-reaching improvisations.” Cool take. And, asserts Pareles, an irritant could have commercial value by making a product more distinctive. Y'know-- the squeaky wheel gets the juice!? In early rock, “the ability to irritate became an asset, those who considered it raucous might as well keep on listening to Bing Crosby.”

Okay, enough of the Times, next in the pile, a San Francisco Chronicle, Datebook and/or Pink Section from March, 2004. Not sure at all why this is in a save-pile.

Here’s a question: what do JFK’s predator, Shaggy Tibetan, and Verdi’s slave girl, have in common? Answer. They’re part of a crossword puzzle compiled by Donna J. Stone on p. 73, of the Frisco Datebook. They are, in fact, 24, 28 and 29 Across.

And, y'know, after thinkin' about it-- pretty sure that I musta caught the Hiss gig and that the notes were made by my second wife. Nice lady.

I slip the program into the save pile.


Monday, June 11, 2012

Vedono la Foresta, Vedono la Foresta

Large urns arrive at the instance of shoreline, reminiscent of mean-mr-mustard on black culottes A world without end. Sandifiably dandified, Scalettature è una parte della moderna Vedono la foresta . . reminiscent of the lines of yellow mustardy black culottes and sky and hills. Lines. World without lead. Parroted comic sounds. Bounding through borders of liquidation, the forest intermittently above. In lines of the sun/ fluttering rouge. Large urns arrive. Up and down.... Through them the liquidation order, searing the forest intermittently. Over. In sunlight fluttering red leaves. the wind, the car, the flashing of the forest again. Jaggedness is so a part of modern that they sense the forest, but can't take it with them. You, all of you, are driving toooo fast. Too fast to catch & reflect on yr shiny but wan impressions. Large urns. Feelin' groooovy/ si! Si, Scarlatti. . . Scalettature è una parte della moderna/ Vedono la foresta, vedono la foresta, vedono la foresta/ Vedono la foresta, Vedono la foresta! Vedono la foresta! The lone telepone pole, the forest, the lines are singing, blinging, replicating by/past (whoosh!) much too, much too quickly for human consumption, they have resonance, rsounding, re-sound, more sound caroms, rebound at the heavens expense, with pageantry. . . In the land of frescoes the half-tone is King. Trumpets trumpeting. Blaring. Battered shattered, blitzed. Sandifiably dandified. Airflow like an old Chrysler, like a new river. Rising and sinking lines of blue and black and green, and sheen. . . You can hear it through the whine. And, and… Listen up! if life’s not worth living, grRRRrRRr: know I’m sayin’?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Words & Music & New Phrasing

.............caption:the web of words........................................ So I come across this in an article, "Reusable grocery bag carried nasty norovirus, scientists say", about a resuable grocery bag which caused an outbreak of norovirus that sickened members of a girls' soccer team in Oregon. Oregon public health officials are pretty pleased with their work in tracking down the viris source. “It was a knock out of the park,” said Kimberly K. Repp, an epidemiologist with the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services in Hillsboro, Ore. “We demonstrated norovirus transmission without person-to-person contact.” Another zinger from Repp, re the scientific detective work in tracing the source of the illness-- “It involved really thinking outside the bag, so to speak.” Yeah! Her work is published this week in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Now I gotta say that I truly enjoy colorful commentary from an epidemiologist as much as the next layperson, but whaddabout the aforementioned “It was a knock out of the park.” What?
So, that's what she said. Okay, what's that mean? "Oh, sure, we could figger it out." Lotta people say that these days. But, seriously, who are we to speculate on Repp's etymological intent?. ...........caption:Oregon Library..... For all we know it could be arcane epidemiological talk? Or some argot unique to the Pacific Northwest. Seriously, what!? Enquiring minds wanna know. The only comparable reference to which Oregon librarians could direct me was a Louis Jordan song from 1948, in which Jordan shouted “Hey, bayy-bee: knock me a kiss! http://vimeo.com/10112192
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5LFD9VDq88&feature http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR6pHtiNT_k&feature http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/09/11604166-reusable-grocery-bag-carried-nasty-norovirus-scientists-say?lite&google_editors_picks=true