Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rolling & Tumbling

Robert Plant from a 2007 Rolling Stone interview, on Led Zeppelin's film The Song Remains The Same:

I didn't know it was posing. It's only now with an older head, I go, "Oh, God, did that actually work?" But of course it worked. It was as genuine as the day is long. I didn't preen in front of a mirror. My mother said, "You shouldn't pout, it looks stupid." But I pouted because I wanted to be like, "Come on!" I wanted to be Steve Marriott, for fuck's sake. But in that environment, I was way past all that. I was part of some kind of new animal that included everything you see in that film. And I can't get embarrassed by it. At that point, in the film, I was yet to be twenty-five years old. And the group was dead when I was thirty-two. How can any of us have any critical overview about what we do? We were just on fire, rolling and tumbling — and most of the time, incredibly civil to each other.

Led Zeppelin's 02 Arena show was of course pro-shot and recorded but Jimmy Page seems in no hurry about an official release. In the meantime Wendy Records 2cd boot is the best I've heard.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tim O'Brien

"The purpose of writing is to enhance mystery, not solve it."

-Tim O'Brien, 1991, from the Artful Dodge interviews archive. Read it here.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Express Lane

First cashier: “Giovanni’s blowing up my phone.”
Second cashier: “Which one’s Giovanni?”
First cashier: “He’s like, why won’t you date me?”
Second cashier: “Wait– He’s the short one, right?”
First cashier: “Yeah he’s tiny. I said grow and we’ll talk.”

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

GC Myers: Night and the City

Yesterday I was surprised and delighted to become the new owner of this painting, our friend GC Myers' Night and the City. It was an unexpected and wonderful gift and hangs this morning above my computer desk where I can look at it and smile. Which I am happily.

When I took the painting from its wrapping, I thought Hey I know this guy. I've been writing about this guy. Hey, guy. Good to see you...

Night and the City is from Gary's Outlaws series. Read about it on his outstanding blog redtreetimes.

This is so cool. Thank you, Gary.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Prick of the Spindle

Several of my drawings are featured in the new issue of Prick of the Spindle. More here. My thanks to PotS editor Cynthia Reeser.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wait, It'll Come To Me

Last night I dreamt a small bird with a kitten's face ate crushed peanuts from my hand. An old friend told me what the bird was called, but I've forgotten.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

The Nightingale's Garden

The Nightingale's Garden
Charcoal, Graphite; 5" x 9"

A series of in-progress scans and comments on this drawing are the subject of today's post on WestEndTalk.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

No Broken Wings

No Broken Wings
Charcoal & Graphite drawing