#SUMMERSTUFF: A series of lists by Entropy Editors on books, video games, comics, movies, albums, art shows, places, concerts, etc that they are excited about for summer.
1. Hear: Nick Cave Summer Concert, The Shrine, L.A.
When I was away at school in New Orleans, my friend, Jethro Mountains wrote me letters on an old typewriter. Jethro was and is brilliant and half mad, and every letter that reached me across the country was living fire. Ramblings. Theories. Poetry. Dreams. In one, she typed out every word of a Nick Cave song. I’m pretty sure it was this one:
“Do You Love Me?”
I found her on a night of fire and noise
Wild bells rang in a wild sky
I knew from that moment on
I’d love her till the day that I died
And I kissed away a thousand tears
My lady of the Various Sorrows
Some begged, some borrowed, some stolen
Some kept safe for tomorrow
On an endless night, silver star spangled
The bells from the chapel went jingle-jangle
So completely filled with light she was
Her shadow fanged and hairy and mad
Our love-lines grew hopelessly tangled
And the bells from the chapel went jingle-jangle
I still have the letter folded up in a storage box under a bunch of canvases and other boxes, with all the other letters I received while I was living alone in city. I wasn’t really into him at the time I received the letter, but those lyrics typed out across the page got to me there, living in my little apartment, finding dead birds and hurricane winds and old wooden toys on the train tracks and the winding vines that tangled us all, everything, hopelessly together.
2. Go: Chiapas
Because “Esta Usted en territorio Zapatista en rebeldía. Aquí manda el pueblo y el gobierno obedece.”
3. Read: The Codex Canadensis by Louis Nicolas
Because it is one of the most exquisite representations of the voracious and terrible European imagination as it engaged with and lusted after the land, people, flora, and fauna of the New World. Because in an odd way, despite that, it captures the entirely inexplicable but absolutely palpable magical beauty of North America. Because it’s inspiriting the artwork for the book I’m currently working on. If I put artwork in it at all. Why?—Creatures, real and imagined, maps peopled by beasts.
4. Read: The Master and Margarita Paperback by Mikhail Bulgakov
Because “the novel veers from moods of wild theatricality with violent storms, vampire attacks & a Satanic ball; to such somber scenes as the meeting of Pilate & Yeshua, & the murder of Judas in the moonlit garden of Gethsemane; to the substance less [sic.], circus-like reality of Moscow.” (from Good Reads synopsis)
5. Go: San Francisco Treasure Hunt
In the journal my mom left for me before she died, she describes her life, especially her many adventures growing up in San Francisco. Many of her favorite memories revolved around things that were free in the city, as her family was very poor. I’ll be looking for places she wandered in Oakland, at the wharf, and along the cable car lines. One specific memory: she mentions packing a sandwich and riding her bike to a radio station where she could watch the shows through the glass as she picnicked across the way. If it’s still there, that would be pretty cool to find.