Wrote about Hilton Als for the Trib.
Recounting a Richard Pryor sketch from a Lily Tomlin variety special, he says that “The minute the white people enter, something terrible happens, from an aesthetic point of view.” In a way, Als’s subject is the terrible things that happen aesthetically when whiteness enters a room, insofar as his subject is performativity, and whiteness is that which resists the performative, that in relation to which nonwhites are forced to perform.
Iconic Album Covers recreated with LEGO Blocks by Aaron Savage
1. David Bowie – Aladdin Sane
2. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
3. Blondie – Parallel Lines
4. Michael Jackson – Thriller
5. The Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever
6. Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
There is truly no explaining the Garbage Ape, but here is my best guess. Heathcliff takes place in an apocalyptic future America that has done its best to approximate the atom age nuclear family. The Nutmegs are that unit at its purest and most Norman Rockwellian, but even their aww-shucks attitude about life and the perfectly manicured lawns and white picket fences of their suburbs can’t help them forget that the radiation-irradiated animals of their town are super-intelligent and in complete control. Ruling over them is the Garbage Ape, a benevolent dictator who appears whenever he damn well pleases to wreck the humans’ futile attempts at sanitary living, sometimes in a tank. The other animals celebrate these appearances as a reminder of their supremacy, all while the moon hangs low overhead, threatening to crash through the sky and ruin their society.
The Garbage Ape celebrates his dominance over man, but lo, the stars will have their way.
When fish creep and crawl!
This Sea Robin, or Gurnard, is crawling around on fin rays modified into 6 creepy legs.
I’m almost completely certain its underwater rather than in a desert or on your ceiling waiting to pounce
Marie-Claire Redon (Nîmes, France) - No Title, 2011 Drawings
BECAUSE MY DAUGHTERS ARE GROWING,
grief has stained and doubled my limbs.
Each daughter I enfold in arms
sees my blurred eyes as multi-faceted.
Oh, spider-mother, they tease.
Oh, spider-mother, they sing
all their days over their sweeping,
their small games with shells.
And I lament more as their legs
grow tall and thick, their hips
spread like a terrible web
in which a small life will stick,
struggle like an angry fly.
Art credit David Ostrowski.
Date with a Wrestler T-Shirt Giveaway!
Date with a Wrestler has 5,698 followers, which is way, way more than I ever imagined. To say thanks for an incredibly successful 2013, let’s do one of those Tumblr giveaway gimmicks, with the prize being one (or more) of these beautiful t-shirts, which were designed by Alex Kittle. These are high quality shirts printed by the folks over at Redbubble, and the winner will get to choose size/cut/color/etc.
- To win, you must be following this blog.
- You also need to be willing to divulge your address, the better to send shirts to your doorstep.
- Likes, reblogs, and so on count as entries.
- Winner to be selected by random number generator.
- Contest ends December 31
- One (1) shirt of your choosing from the four above.
- 250 Notes: Two shirts.
- 750 Notes: Three shirts.
- 1000 Notes: All four shirts.
- Akeem: http://www.redbubble.com/people/gh0stplanet/works/10795080-akeem-the-african-dream-date-with-a-wrestler?c=233071-date-with-a-wrestler
- The Genius: http://www.redbubble.com/people/gh0stplanet/works/10794985-the-genius-date-with-a-wrestler?c=233071-date-with-a-wrestler
- The Boogyman: http://www.redbubble.com/people/gh0stplanet/works/10795120-the-boogeyman-date-with-a-wrestler?c=233071-date-with-a-wrestler
- Virgil: http://www.redbubble.com/people/gh0stplanet/works/10795152-virgil-date-with-a-wrestler?c=233071-date-with-a-wrestler
"If you go on valuing recognition and praise of others, you’re asking to be ruined. The only value in expression is its inherent value. The object is the object, and will continue well after you’re dead. Even when the world burns up and even the object no longer appears, you were who you were, you made what you made, you valued what you valued, and nothing else."
Blake Butler (via mttbll)
Just finished reading Butler’s astonishing Sky Saw and I gotta say he walks the walk on what he says above. The book is “hard” or “difficult”* or whatever, i.e., the story does not come to you through the sentences, instead you must come at the sentences with a pickaxe and break the large and small shards of the story free from the phrases and sentences and sections that hold it, but as with other “difficult”* writers I like (Gass, Robbe-Grillet, Chelsey Minnis), once you lock into the rhythm of reading in a different way & with different expectations, of really hearing a voice that doesn’t speak like other voices, a new galaxy opens up and it’s magnificent
or in the case of Sky Saw, magnificent and terrifying
*this is both a bullshit word and not, because while it kind of sets up a lot of high/low binary oppositions I don’t like at all and want to distance myself from, it’s still fair to use, because it’s accurate
wait. John Darnielle retumbling Matt Bell quoting Blake Butler. and commenting on having just read SKy Saw?!?(via hobartpulp)