Thursday, September 29, 2005

Along those lines, check out (if you don't know it already), illegal-art.org, a site dedicated to various multimedia collage projects, generally pretty political. It's where I downloaded the Grey Album a few years ago. Their videos are apparently down now, but they should be back up again. You may also enjoy detrius.net.

This is a really funny clip. It is so fun to watch how people transform, reshape, play with, saterize, ironize existing media products into something new and entertaining.

Found UBU Web, a cool site with tons of mp3s of various avant-garde poems, poets, and chaos. Dada, surrealism, Schwitters' Ursonate, and a million other things. Tons of miscellaneous Ashbery, including a great version of "The Wrong Kind of Insurrance," a lovely poem. And O'Hara reading "Having a Coke With You." CHECK IT OUT!

Monday, September 26, 2005

I suppose it's accessible mainly in the plot. Very straight-forward episodes trying to find who wrote the letter (the letter conceit could be the starting-off point for a Hollywood romantic comedy). There is even the coincidence of the boy looking for his father which seems like a very Hollywoodesque convenient plot turn though it of course doesn't turn out that way. Also the desperation-of-the-suburbs theme, though somewhat refreshing in BF because of the indecisiveness of it. And, Nate, you're right the sparse use of music is fairly a-typical here, as well as the very patient pacing. Of course even that seems as if Jarmusch is channeling the New Wave (if they were all actually dead.) Over all, I think it all works really well but is just more accessible. I almost wondered if this was a conscious choice to hit a larger audience, but from Nikki's parents' reaction it failed if it was. I think the relative tameness of it turned off many of Jarmusch's regular audience though. Still I liked it.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

I SHOULD have gone to see Broken Flowers, but instead Curtis and I took in A History of Violence. It had good reviews, including the Times, and the premise sounded promising: a small town Indiana (yay) diner owner foils a robbery by killing the robbers, gets national media attention, and then gets hunted down by Philadelphia (yay) mobsters claiming he is actually on the lam from the Philly mob. Ugh. The film was such a piece of crap. I think its art house movie setting is so out of place--its a bad mainstream film. Its main sin is being incredibly heavy handed, followed closely by unforgivable plot holes. Blech. BLECH.

Who has the new New Pornographers album? I just got it and am working up an impression.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Joe posted this question re: Broken Flowers a while ago.

"And a discussion topic for the non-poets out there too. Have any of you seen Broken Flowers? What did you think? It's more conventional than Jarmusch’s work typically is. Is this good, bad, neutral? I know I tend to think accessibility generally hinders a movie, but it doesn’t really bother me here."

posted by Joseph @ 4:26 PM

We finally saw the movie last week. Funny thing: as accessible as this may be for Jarmusch, it still seems pretty far from fulfilling an audience's Hollywoodod-esque expectations. Nikki's parents saw the movie over the summer and called us immediately to tell us how much they hated it and almost walked out on it!

That gave us a natural predisposition toward liking the film -- but seriously, when we saw it we loved it. It manages to be awkward, sad and funny all at once. The most unconventionalal aspects, I felt, were its relatively low use of dramatic music and its non-closure. I loved both of these aspects -- in fact, I feel like they made the film a success. So I guess I wonder what was it that you saw as the more accessible elements (I realize you meant that in comparison to his other films--the only one of which I've seen is Dead Man Walking); and did anyone see these elements as a problem?

Friday, September 23, 2005

Found this today. A transcript of reading Dean gave last spring w/ a link to an audio version. I haven't quite gotten it to work yet. But here it is.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Elizabeth and I are heading to New York on Monday. It looks like nothing is going on with my job anytime soon, and Elizabeth will take architecture classes at Parsons until Tulane reopens.

The end ofGauloise?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Heck, everyone is welcome to come visit Philly! We have lots of room in the new pad. And Philly is amazing, yes it is, yes it is.

Did anyone else see "You, Me, and Everyone We Know"? I quite liked it, although mostly for the people outside of the main character. I just couldn't get past her shirts.

PS: Curtis has an op-ed today in the NY Times on boarding school. It was planned pre-Hurrican, pre-Rehnquist, and runs between harangues about how much of an ass the president is, but it's there.

Hi, all!
I'm slow...definitely a perpetrator of inactivity on the blog.

Joe, glad you're safe & hope life in Houston is as good as it can be.

About Broken Flowers, haven't seen it yet. But my parents hated it...therefore I will probably love it.

Congrats, Matt, on the publication...you have a comrade on the PhD path now that Nate's committed to the insanity that is UW-Madison. I'm glad I got out while I could.

But job-hunting isn't any better. In the mean time, you all need to come and visit Madison. (Except for Matt, because Nate & I owe you a few visits in your neck of the woods.) It's a good town...and will be better once I have a little something to keep me occupied during the day. I'll try to use my time by contributing a little more to the blog.

Ciao!

Hey Joseph-

Glad you are safe buddy. I was hoping you had got yourself out of New Orleans. Good news.

And congrats to you as well Matt. Cheers all around!

Friday, September 02, 2005

Congrats on having the article accepted, Matt.

By the way, I too get published ... on occasion. I just had an article accepted for Journalism titled "Making Memories Matter: Journalistic Authority and the Memorializing Discourse around Mary McGrory and David Brinkley." You can certainly see the Frank O'Hara influence. If you think the audience for poetry is on the small side, try writing academic articles. Anyway, it is one small step toward the sweet sweet valley of tenure.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Sorry I am late to the blog. Joe, happy to know you are safe ... if Texas that's what were calling Texas these days. If Bush were still in Texas, the refugees could have holed up on the ranch.