To honor the final year of my thirties as well as the recent publication of my constraint-based Faulkner-inspired memoir, AS I STAND LIVING, which chronicles the year I became a father, I’m going to document my various sources of media input each week: art, literature, music, movies, television, and so on. New updates every week until I turn forty (March 19, 2018).
Jason Shulman’s Photographs of Films project condenses entire movies into single photos using extended exposures. Really wish he sold prints.
Stephen Michael Mcdowell (aka SpaceGod)’s 2015 album Soloviveium displays a truly unorthodox hip hop style that often feels like a freaky mash-up of styles, as if he’s chasing the beat with a bag full of approaches and he reaches into the bag and pulls one out and uses it until he gets bored or until he feels like reaching in and grabbing out another style. The only consistency is the inconsistency, which makes it super fresh, strange, and unexpected.
Gary Lutz, sentence aficionado, had this to say about the difference between technique and approach:
I wouldn’t know the first thing about technique, point of view, characterization (flatsomeness vs. rondure, if I have the distinction right), “show, don’t tell,” or any of the writing workshop etiquette. If I believe in anything when it comes to writing, and I can’t stress enough that I detest writing, it’s something that sticks with me not from any English class but from some awfully recondite driver’s ed. seminars I had the privilege to audit during my mid-teens, and to this day I probably misunderstand it anyway. It’s the term “right of way.” The writer, as I see it, has the right of way, so it’s up to the reader to look out.
My reaction to both of Sasha Velour’s lip sync battles on the finale of Drag Race: same as this guy. Especially if you didn’t catch her battle against Shea, you have to watch it: for pure theater, performance art, next-level lip syncing…it might be my all time favorite lip sync performance?? Even if you don’t watch the show nor know anything about RuPaul’s Drag Race, Sasha’s performance of Whitney Houston’s “So Emotional” deserves your attention.
Found it so engaging I went around youtube watching her videos. Here are three amazing ones:
“Just because I give you something to look at, doesn’t mean I’m telling you what to see.” —Ana Lily Amirpour
Cara Ober, “How Philip Guston Found Salvation in Poetry.”
McKenzie Wark, “On Nick Land.”
Jodi Clark is an artist now based in Whanganui, New Zealand:
Lonzo Ball happened! So here’s my revised line-up, keeping in mind free agency hasn’t started yet. That said, Magic and Rob have gone out of their way to signal that they’re not really interested in this summer’s free agency; they’re keeping their cap space for next year’s free agency season. Rumor has it, we’re angling for hometown kid Paul George and some forward from Ohio.
(PG) Lonzo Ball
(SG) Josh Hart
(SF) Brandon Ingram
(PF) Julius Randal
(C) Brook Lopez
If only we could snag Paul George for that two spot and bump the roster down. Probably a bunch of other shuffles will take place. Wouldn’t be surprised if Deng and Clarkson and Brewer and Ennis all get traded. Would not be surprised if we pick up J.J. Reddick, actually, especially since Magic has said the only piece they’re looking to pick up is a shooter in free agency this summer. At one time I thought we might need/want Paul Millsap, but looking at the roster now I don’t think we need him. We’ve got Julius and Larry and Tarik and the new guys. I had previously been unsure about Lopez, but after some research and after watching his press introduction I’ve changed my mind about him. I think he’s going to be a great addition. He hit like 150 three-pointers last season. He’s an all-star level player. He’s from North Hollywood. He went to Stanford where he majored in creative writing. I’m wholeheartedly on board with Lopez.
(PG) Jordan Clarkson
(SG) David Nwaba
(SF) Kyle Kuzma
(PF) Larry Nance, Jr.
(C) Ivica Zubac
(PG) Tyler Ennis
(SG) Corey Brewer
(SF) Luol Deng
(PF) Thomas Robinson
(C) Tarik Black
On the Lakers channel right now — yes, if you live in Los Angeles you get an entire channel devoted to the Lakers with all sorts of awesome content from behind the scenes documentaries following the team throughout the season to exclusive interviews with players and staff and analysis from James Worthy and Byron Scott and so much other cool shit (I sound like a commercial) — right now, for example, I’m watching Lonzo Ball play a high school game for Chino Hills against Centennial at the 2015 CIF Division I Regional Finals. The description tells me Lonzo goes for 26 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 8 steals. Those stats! Overall in both his junior and senior year at Chino Hills High School he averaged 23.9 points, 11.5 assists, 11.3 rebounds, 5.1 steals, and 1.9 blocks. Last year at UCLA he averaged 14.6 points, 6 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.8 steals, and .8 blocks. I’m really looking forward to this coming season.
Young Thug’s new album Beautiful Thugger Girls arrived, and now Jeffery takes a backseat on my Thugger rotation.