protected speech pursuant to the "inalienable rights"
of all men, and the First
(or even the Second)
Amendment to the Constitution
of the United States of America. Don't tread
on me, pretty-please.
Samuel Rosenstock left Romania and became
Tristan Tzara by "pranks, buffoonery, intoxication,
sabotage, taboo-breaking, playing childish and/or dangerous games,
waking up dead gods, and not taking education seriously."
The many euphemisms for our most obscene polysyllable.
Q: Does writing fiction
cause manic-depression or merely mimic the symptoms of
"If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific
knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed
on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would
contain the most information in the fewest words? I believe
it is the atomic hypothesis that all things are made of
atoms — little particles that move around in perpetual
motion, attracting each other when they are a little
distance apart, but repelling upon being squeezed into one
another. In that one sentence, you will see, there is
an enormous amount of information about the world, if just a
little imagination and thinking are applied."
My son James was in town yesterday to celebrate his
40th birthday and we were having a drink at Mootsys with some of his
old punk rock friends and they were talking about the raucous, hard
drinking, Devil-may-care, party-all-night, slam dancing old days and
then James mentioned something about his pediatrician.
To be fair, he later went out and smoked Cuban
cigars and shot a machine gun.
Oh, my dear, faithful readers,
there soon could be some very dramatic changes in my life.
I hear a lot of bikers complaining about Spokane
drivers and their lack of respect for the two-wheel commuters. I
bike to work daily, and have found that total lawlessness is the
answer - sidewalks, patios, narrows between buildings, wrong way
down a one way, zipping through red lights. I play a game where I
try to break as many laws as possible. My record is twenty
transgressions per mile, which you'd think would be easy to break,
but so far I've limited myself to misdemeanors.
director Jesse James
Hennessy who won Best Editing for the 50 Hour Slam entry
Bloomsday today: All of
downtown Spokane smells of caramel corn, body odor and urinal cakes.
Congratulations to the British
Empire for acquiring yet another royal parasite.
It's Bloomsday weekend, which
means I'll be holed up in the dingy recesses of The Restaurant's
nether regions until Sunday night. Barring any injuries or arrests,
I'll see you back here Monday morning. Wish me luck.
For Vincent: Sunflowers near
the Spokane River. _____
Wow. I just watched Birdman,
an unpredictable story with excellent acting - constantly moving,
appearing to be shot in a single take - emotional, funny,
philosophically relevant, poignant, the best movie I've seen in many
Can I borrow a pencil?
don't know. Can you?
Yes. I might add that colloquial irregularities occur frequently in
any language. Since you and the rest of our present company
understood perfectly my intended meaning, being particular about the
distinctions between "can" and "may" is purely
pedantic and arguably pretentious.
Nolan's extra-dimensional yarn. The climb from "meh"
to "wow!" was a fun experience that took the entire film -
didn't realize I liked it until the credits rolled; it really stuck with
me. Like all of Nolan's films, a very original script.
Babadook - well-made Australian horror with good acting,
especially from the annoying, weird little kid. Local filmmaker Jesse
Hennessy pointed out to me how important is sound design for the success
of this creepy
Eyes - be careful what you hope for. Another
deal-with-the-devil story, but told in an original and compelling
Viral - Critics, and seemingly most viewers, HATED this. I liked it. My favorite in "Viral" is the
second tale, about a man who invents a portal to a different
dimension. (Strangely, this story is entirely in Spanish, without subtitles, which
only adds to its otherness.)
Mirror - a very interesting and well written anthology series
showing the dark side of life and technology. The stories are funny,
provocative, shocking and disturbing. [Yes, with a pig, on national
Fun Fact: In the year
2020, it will be 4/20 for an entire month.
"The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an
impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the
serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately
needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world."
“If you don't want a man unhappy
politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry
him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget
there is such a thing as war. If the government is
inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those
than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the
people contests they win by remembering the words to more
popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much
corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible
data, chock them so damned full of 'facts' they feel
stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then
they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion
without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that
sort don't change.”
Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Today's Craigslist post:
The Restaurant is
looking for Superman but will accept an experienced line cook.
This is an amazing opportunity for the right person.
Can you handle occasional high volume, high pressure work? Can you
stay busy when it's not busy? All positions needed - INCLUDING HEAD
CHEF. Unlimited growth and money potential with new, next-door
mega-hotel about to open.
Catering experience? A plus. Driver's license and
car? Plus. Own a chef's knife. Plus. Not a jerk. Plus. Plus.
No phone calls. No emails. If you're the right person, be prepared
to start immediately.
Serious, dedicated people only. Apply at appropriate hours. Ask for Stik
I just found out that my first and most influential
artistic mentor died recently.
I took a creative writing class at Spokane Falls
Community College from the tough-talking, very opinionated Almut
McAuley in 1987. Her fairly imposing presence, confidence,
unusual sense of humor, and German accent was a mind-expanding
experience for this small-town Metaline Falls boy having just moved
to "the big city."
Almut was the first person to tell me I could write.
She was the first to convince me that my artistic endeavors were
important and meaningful. She was the first to tell me that
something I wrote was really good. And she was the first to tell me
that something I wrote was really, really bad.
The first stories, poems and photographs I ever
published appeared in the third and fourth issues of her influential
lit mag The
Wire Harp - now in its 30th year.
She once told me she would haunt me if I didn't
reconsider my business major. I did, but she continues to haunt me -
in a good way. I feel her peering over my shoulder whenever I'm at
the keyboard, even as I write this.
Thank you, Almut. Your life was important and
meaningful. You changed the very course of my existence for the
better. I'll never forget you. Rest in peace.
story of invisibility: Thoughts, feelings, personalities,
psyches, morals, minds, souls: The world is held together by what we
entire cabin is stolen from a Stevens County family. Later they
find it. How could this be an even better story? 1) If they lose
it again. 2) If they realize the found cabin isn't theirs. 3) ?
In 1937, guests at Spokane's Davenport Hotel could
purchase a T-bone steak dinner with baked potato, French fries or au
Gratin potatoes, a salad, rolls, dessert and a beverage for $1.25.
Add another fifty cents for the champagne cocktail special.
machine: The planet is awash in open, free data; can
military-funded research turn it into a crystal ball?
The Washington Post just published a
map showing the most liberal and conservative towns in each
state. No surprise about the most liberal in Washington State:
Seattle. But the most conservative: Addy (!?). Addy isn't even a
real town, is it? (It's unincorporated.) I think they picked it just
because it sounds like an old lady's name that no one uses anymore. So
song covers the five main elements of a story: setting, plot,
characters, conflict and theme. You will feel like a total dork
having listened to it.
elements of horror: Professional horror writers explore how
great drama lies at the core of the most frightening films.
Yes, Rand Paul is in the Empire game. No, I'm still
not voting for him. Yes, I did like his pa. No, he's still not his
science and religion be reconciled? Clips from Bill's
conversations with scientists Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir John Houghton
and the late Isaac Asimov, who shared their views on the
intersection between religion and science.
The evolution of science:
Then: If you don't conform to church
dogma, we'll peel your skin and burn you at the stake.
Now: If you don't conform to corporate
dogma, we'll ridicule you in public, we won't publish your work, and
you'll have to work independently.
A Browne's Addition psychic says that in the future,
all babies born in Spokane County will receive a tattoo on the back
of their necks of the cartoon version of Burl Ives as he
appeared in the Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas television
The sanitized American cuss word "Dag nabbit"
can be translated as "Yak fart" in most Nepalese dialects.
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