Archive for the 2008 Category

“Midnight in Dostoevsky” / More Monsters

Posted in 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009, America, babies, blogs, books, california, children, friends, hearkening back, holding in one's pee-pee, horror, hype, lady-men, melty faces, Mind Control, nostalgia, old news, out-of-body experiences, predictable college photographs, Short Stories, supernatural, WEST COAST on December 3, 2009 by Shiv

By Don Delillo. Another steal from the New Yorker this week. And that makes 3 about/from New York this week. All I have to say, I suppose, is that I live on the West Coast. And I live in a big house. And maybe I don’t blog enough.

While I’m at it, I’d also like to introduce my Portland family to the blog. Beth’s joined us already with a good post on pop. And Brad, the last quarter of NE Monroe will hopefully join soon and I’m sure provide a lot of corn. Muahaaa,

Now, THAT said, do you guys remember Wes’s “Dummy Monster” story from way back when? Well, for those that haven’t heard it, ask someone who has or just believe these ones we (Beth) recently found on the interweb. The information highway has become a farily big place, I’d say. Good thing we have this small space to talk about it. I hope to hear from all of you regarding this matter.

2666

Posted in 2008, books, mexico with tags , on June 8, 2009 by kevin

Inconclusive and sprawling, 2666 embarks upon a search for the unsearchable – delighted to confront and accept the void. Along the way, Bolano leads you along a path that is as inconclusive as it is real and real to the point where it seems fantastic. During part one, I couldn’t stop thinking of Bouvard and Pecuchet (Flaubert’s unfinished novel which is mentioned in passing on page 227) as three well to do Europeans search, sometimes comically, for an obscure German author and engage in a Jules et Jim-esque love triangle.

Part 4, about the killings of dozens of young women, offers a stark contrast to the flighty world of word. In the section about the killings in Santa Teresa, Bolano’s repetitively relentless  prose (etched with penknife) carves a bloody tunnel with no end in sight. His documentary-esque account of the rapes and murders is certainly not spineless, although, in another sense, it has no stable anatomy. It lives and breaths the carnage it documents, refusing to look past the barest of details (delivered in sparce and simplistic language). When it ends (or dies), you feel as if the narrator is as beguiled and leery of the bleak repetition as you are.

The part about Archimboldi, while certainly not bringing things anywhere close to safe ensemble, offers a minor reconciliation between the reader and the narrator. Some bridges are drawn over the converging rivers of plot the novel offers and, instead of attaining comfortable satisfaction, the reader is left thirsty in the midst of an abyss. This is a good thing. 2666 is a two way train between one’s brain and a dark defiant place.

A passage I liked (and dutifully transcribed) after the…

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Let’s Share Music!

Posted in 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009, music on May 19, 2009 by Shiv

My cousin just showed me this program. It’s like iChat, but instead of sharing silly comments, you share tons of music! Its a great concept. I don’t know if it works. Let’s try it out! It works for both Macs and PCs. It’s called Mojo, and here it is.

**edit: Some of you may have been having problems. I figured it out: if you pay for the fucking PRO edition, you can access more than 2 libraries. If not, keep your friend list down. I have access to John’s. So i guess I’ll keep it for a bit. He’s up to date. I suppose that’s how I think it works. That was the message I got. It also seems like the installation process differs depending on the time/user. Any thoughts?

(Oh, and I apologize for this turning into a geeky software blog. This software did, however, seem too good to be true; it might we worth it to keep trying).

Putin’s Tiger

Posted in 2008, animals, old news with tags on April 20, 2009 by kevin

Since this blog has no real need (or reason) to remain releveant, I am here with some old news that slipped my attention. Vladimir Putin was given a tiger for his birthday last year. What the fuck? All I know is that it puts Obama’s puppy to shame.

Dance me to the end of love

Posted in 2008, celebrities, music with tags , , on March 24, 2009 by kevin

Two things Kevin likes and listens to a lot; NPR presents Leonard Cohen live in London. Because none of us really have the dough to shell out and see a living legend, we must resort to the internet. Get yourself some live Leonard Cohen right here! He still sounds spectacular, by the way. Gotta love that voice.

UPDATE: I just listened to all three hours of this and it is spectacular. Do yourself the favor!

Francis Harold Sweeps The Nash’

Posted in 2008, 2009 on March 19, 2009 by Shiv

Just thought I’d mention that one of my favorite friends’ band Francis Harold and the Holograms (ahem, Greg) has a their self-titled 7” posted on one of my favorite music blogs OngakuBaka. Greg, I can’t wait to hear more. And explain that fucking great picture already. They have an LP and tour lined up. I’ll be going to the one in Portland!

Holy Boop! We’re One Year Old

Posted in 2008, 2009, blogs, internal with tags on January 14, 2009 by John

In fact we missed it, it was January 10th.  Why not put together a little retrospective?

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