[X] you think everyone outside of the Writing And Poetics department is disgusting [X] you think the smoking pits are mostly frequented by hippy mutants [X] you have no idea what Eco-Psychology means [X] you don't believe "eco-psychology" means anything [X] you think Trumpa was an overrated drunk perv [X] you've heard of the Naropa Poetry Wars [X] you love Ralph from the bookstore [X] you've ever pulled hippy art (i.e. garbage) from the trees next to the Harry Smith Cottage e.g., stuffed animals, knives hanging from string, forks hanging from string, soda can "art", shoes... [X] you think the "free box" is a sweltering pile of hepatitus C [X] you love the cafe's Chai Tea [X] you don't think that homeless guy on his bike who always hangs around campus with his ass crack hanging out has any redeeming value [X] you avoid that homeless guy and cringe when he shows up to parties [X] when you see people stretching you get pissed off [X] you think the Student Lounge smells like hippy sex and garlic [X] you wrote your graduate thesis at The Catacombs happy hour [X] sometimes you would go to the Downer for a break from The Catacombs and this was funny [X] you watched the World Baseball Classic at the Downer and only felt mildly embarrassed about drinking well whiskey at 11 am [X] you ever had fecal matter drop on your head while drinking a pitcher of Pabst at the Downer [X] Selena from The Catacombs was one of your bestfriends in Boulder and knew more about bikes than you [X] you rode your bike everywhere and loved it [X] you ate 7-11 nachos every night [X] the owner of The Catacombs gave you a free Catacombs baseball jersey [X] you partied with Brian Bonsall, the little kid from Family Ties now a 23 year old punk rocker from Boulder, CO [X] you were there when VH1 showed up at the Downer to film Brian's band Thruster for their "Where Are They Now" show [X] you thought most of the people who worked at the Mountain Sun were scumbags and not to be trusted (or at least the one's you were introduced to) [X] you made fun of all the WASP'y looking Colorado University girls but still wanted to sleep with them [X] you wanted to have sex with at least 1 of your Naropa profs [X] you had a friend named Jamba who made bathtub absinth [X] you would swim in the Snow Lions pool regularly at 2 am [X] you would periodically take long, dangerous, unprepared, spur of the moment snow hikes deep into the freezing rocky mountains taking pictures of yourself the entire way as to leave evidence in case of death [X] you would take these dangerous snow hikes to walk off the 7-11 nachos from the night before [X] you thought the picnic table outside the snow lion apartments was the best place in all of boulder to drink vodka tonics [X] a cop busted you drinking vodka tonics at that table with the male half of Hot Whiskey and when the cop said "be mindful" you thought this was funny and said "Naropa cop!" [X] you madeout with a really cute girl after a long night of drinking at The Catacombs then jumped on your skateboard all excited and whatnot and then hit a crack in the sidewalk on Canyon St. and almost tore your ACL in half and then hobbled home and still thought about hopping over to 7-11 to grab some nachos [X] you ate more pistachio nuts in two years than most people eat in their entire lives [X] you saw your little brother almost demolish 3 CU dudes with his fists and you thought this was funny and endearing [X] you have hella Naropa pride despite all the lacks
yeah, she has an amazing voice, but isn't what she does a bit like putting out an Acid House record in 2007 that sounds like a DJ Pierre or Lil Louis or 808 State record? like, why listen to doppelgager music (with sailor tattoos)? why not just pop on a smiley face t-shirt, throw some OG Newbuild on the turntable and get freaky?
suddenly i'm sitting here sweating, barefoot, with the fan on, drinking a glass of chilled 2001 Chardonnay (yeah i'm from California) working on The Islands watching Kruk and Kuip broadcast the Giants/ A's game on FSN Bay Area totally in heaven remembering that this is the season i get things done...
...currently listening to Roberta Alagna Don Pasquale: Sogno Soave e Casto...
"So what does surreal dance music and hallucianegenic drugs have to do with a policitcal movemnt, stem cell research, gentrification and hybrid cars? To begin, Hyphy is not specific to Oakland. In fact, the most recognized players in the movement, Mac Dre and E40—are from a town called Vallejo. Hyphy is all bay, all day. Frisco, Oakland, San Jo, Vallejo, Daly City, Fairfield, even Concord (our own little Jersey), is Hyphy."
—Russell from I'm From Rolling Stone (from his Hyphy article)
...we call Concord "the armpit of the Bay"...i like Russell's "our own little Jersey" too...
went record digging this morning at of all places Half Price Books
1. Country Hits Of The 40's (Capitol Records)
2. Star Wars Soundtrack (20th Century Records)
3. The Persian Santur Music Of Iran (Nonesuch Records)
4. Finley's Heroes "all the exciting play-by-play action, highlights and interviews of the Oakland A's 1972 championship season, including the playoffs and world series" Narrated by Monte More (Fleetwood Recording Company)
5. Johnny Cash's Greatest Hits Volume 1 (Columbia Records)
6. Merle Haggard And The Strangers Hag (Capitol Records)
7. Johnny Cash At San Quentin (Columbia Records)
8. Loretta Lynn's Greatest Hits Vol. II (MCA Records)
9. Debbie Gibson Out of the Blue (Atlantic Records)
10. An Anthology of American Poetry read by Robert Beloof (Argo Records)
strange poetry centered dreams last night...poets who i know who were there:
Myung Mi Kim
i remember me and Corey Haim rolerblading into Myung's SPT reading wearing the Prayer of the Rollerboys gear (grey trenchcoats, spikey gelled hair)...i remember Brandon going like, "what the hell are you doing with Corey Haim?"...i remember that Myung's reading was actually a Hollywood premire of some sort, that CCA/SPT was actually this huge airplane hanger...i remember me, Armand and Brandon sort of hanging out there for a little bit following Corey around as he was trying to get attention from Hollywood bigwigs...i remember David reminding us of Myung's reading that we were already late for...i remember seeing Myung...she had handed out these amazing scrolls of her work...sheets and sheets of paper of all different sizes and colors...she was reading her new "book"...she had passed out copies of her new "book" to the entire audence...i remember the audience was made up of thousands...i remember seeing Susan Gevirtz in the crowd...Susan looked dissapointed that i still had my rollerblades on...i took off my rollerblades...Myung read the book...the entire audience followed along with their own copies...and then suddenly i'm Tao Lin...like, i became Tao Lin...and someone was telling me that my book from Action Press just got voted the 5th best poetry book of all time...and then i started speaking like Tao writes, you know, like "and because i was Tao Lin in this dream, i was speaking like Tao Lin writes on his blog, becasue the way Tao Lin writes on his blog is the way Tao Lin thinks, and when i think things i want to speak them sometimes, so the way i speak those things sound like the way i think"...yeah, like that.
anyway, lot's more to it than that...i know LRSN had a much bigger role than reminding us that we were late for Myung's reading...it's sketchy though...something about a mansion in the hills (Oakland?) at night...can't really remember.
anyway, that was all a sort of preamble to...
SATURDAY, MARCH 3 2007 7:30 PM
SARAH ANNE COX AND MYUNG MI KIM
SMALL PRESS TRAFFIC AT CCA
AND THEN DAVID LARSEN'S BIRTHDAY BASH
AT SADIE'S AROUND THE CORNER AFTER THE READING
the earthquake last night in the East Bay was pretty scary...strongest i've felt in years, strong enough for all the neighbors to gather in the street.
"At Postino Restaurant in Lafayette, host Nahal Afshar said the people gathered for dinner went silent when the shaking started. "It lasted maybe five or six seconds. At first it was kind of jolty, then it shook side to side; it felt like it was vibrating beneath you," Afshar said."
The Islands (Nightboat Books), "now, 1/3" and thepoem (BlazeVOX Books) Chinese Notebook (Ugly Duckling Presse)
Maribor (The Post-Apollo Press)
Rude Girl (BlazeVOX Books)
Rave On! (Lew Gallery)
Gary Gygax (Cy Gist Press)
Rude Girl (Duration Press)
The Moveable Ones (Transmission Press)
Benthos (Silas Press). Lives in Oakland. Works for Small Press Distribution.