Archive for September, 2009

Banned Books Week

Posted in books, casual sex, classics, public intoxication, reading, safety, ultraviolence with tags on September 30, 2009 by kevin

Whether you knew it or not, we are in the midst of Banned Book Week where we, um, celebrate banned literature. So, might I humbly suggest that you pick up one of these and give it a go. I don’t consider reading Harry Potter an act of participation. I would, however, commend anyone who chooses to give Gossip Girl a whirl. In all seriousness, I think you would enjoy this one quite a bit. Let me know what book you chose if you so decide to partake in this silly week.


Smoking Dope With Pynchon

Posted in books, out-of-body experiences with tags , , on September 26, 2009 by kevin

So I’m reading Pynchon’s new novel – which includes lots of pot – and stumbled upon this. It appears to be fairly legit actually. It is one man’s account of meeting Pynchon in the 60’s (a decade “Tom” is obsessed with, as you might know) and smoking a fat joint. It’s really not that interesting unless you are one of those people who adores the very silly shenanigans surrounding Pynchon’s anonymity. Read if you are are one of those folk…

Dope With Big T.P.

OK, Let’s Talk Herzog

Posted in film, men with tags , , on September 24, 2009 by John

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Man, I aught to make a tumblog of Herzog quotes or something. This guy has been real funny the last couple days. He’s got a little film seminar in LA next January. You can go if you want to fork over $1500 and if Werner lets you. He’s also the admissions office to this thing, and probably the copywriter for the website here are a couple choice quotes.

Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.

Rouge Film School is not for the faint hearted; it is for those who have traveled on foot, who have worked as bouncers in sex clubs, or as wardens in a lunatic assylums, for those who are willing to learn about lockpicking or forgien shooting permits in countries not favoring their projects.  In short: for those with a sense of poetry.  For those who are pilgrams.  For those who can tell a story to four year old children and hold their attention.  For those who have a fire within.

Prior working experience, diplomas, credits are of minor importance.

Related, but more reflective, will be a reading list: if possible, read Virgil’s “Georgics”, read “Hemingway’s “The short happy life of Francis Macomber”, The Poetic Edda, translated by Lee M. Hollander (in particular the Prophecy of the Seeress), Bernal Diaz del Castillo “True History of the Conquest of New Spain”.

And another one about the time where Herzog turned down an invitation to be a guest in Nick Cage’s house. I like this sentance a lot.

We would not be two men meeting unshaven in the morning over coffee. VIA


Posted in books, reading, Russia, Short Stories with tags , on September 11, 2009 by kevin

“Zoshchenko’s technique is that of the skaz, the oral tale. The tale is supposed to have a moral, instructional point, to illustrate something; that is the excuse for telling and listening. But the point gets lost on the way: the story teller is caught up in the story itself or simply succombs to the delight of having an audience. It is himself he expresses, and not the moral. Either he loses it completely or arrives at a conclusion as unexpected for him as it is for the audience, or he tacks it on by force majeure, exposing either his own clay feet or the insubstantiality of all conclusions, or both.”

-Sidney Monas

This story isn’t the best example of that, or close to Zoshchenko’s best,  although it is an enjoyable little thing. I chose it mainly becuase it is much easier to transcribe 3 pages of text than it is 40. That and Shiv asked for more stories 😉

Poverty (Zoshchenko, early 1900’s)

Nowadays, brothers, what is the most fashionable word there is, eh?

Nowadays, the most fashionable word that can be is, of course, electrification.

I won’t argue that it isn’t a matter of immense importance to light up Soviet Russia with electricity. Nevertheless, even this matter has its shady side. I am not saying, comrades, that it costs a lot. It costs nothing more expensive than money. That’s not what I’m talking about.

This is what I mean.

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Gilmore Boy (or Post Grad)

Posted in 2009, big old titties, celebrities, film, film reviews, mixtape on September 6, 2009 by Shiv

This is just to say that Nick Becker has a review of Post Grad on Tiny Mix Tapes and that you will most likely be seeing other reviews of other films by the same man on other occasions soon. Keep an eye out. I’m so proud.


Posted in G&T's, hearkening back, men, san francisco, WEST COAST on September 5, 2009 by John

A good hour (from a year ago) on KQED on the cocktail renaissance with De Groff, Haigh, and local saloon proprietor H. Ehrmann.  Niche, but made for a larger audience.  Talks about history, digging up old drinks and the difficulty of pricing.  These are men who love the craft, and because of that it’s fun to listen to.

Get it here.

An open invitation

Posted in books, film on September 4, 2009 by kevin

I have been running a few blogs (with many posts from me when I was in high school, if you are into that) and felt as if i would share them with all you chaps. One is on film and the other is on books. On either side of the coin you get my immediate, brief and entirely uneducated/spasmodic thoughts on the dvd I just ejected or the book I have just begrudgingly closed. All entries take ten minutes or less, so don’t judge me (or my grammar).