Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Threatened by Books

I was heartened to hear Sherman Alexie chant the word books 15 or 20 times in a row, the chant of love, of adoration, of kinship. And I do idolize them, but they currently surround me, threaten me, climbing up on the tables and sofas, baring their spines, snapping their pages, ready to leap. Sons & Lovers (the next in my Modern Library pilgrimage having just finished Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler, the greatest book ever written); The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage (my friend Rick Newby has just published (via Drumlummon) a re-issue of The Pass by Savage); Tree of Smoke by one of my all-time favorite authors Denis Johnson, and what will perhaps become the definitive Vietnam War novel (and winner of the National Book Award in 2007); The Power of Now (which I'll never finish since the Now is never-ending) by Vancouver spiritual teacher Echardt Tolle; The Dog Who Spoke With Gods by Diane Jessup (can never read enough good dog novels); Shadow Country by Peter Matheissen (the whole Watson trilogy revamped!). I must read furiously to keep them at bay! Or perhaps I'll succumb and read the New Yorker book reviews and find even MORE!

Great lyric of the week - "If words could speak I wonder what they'd say?" Martha and the Muffins

Thursday, March 19, 2009

This Modern Life

I wonder if the 45 seconds I spent standing in front of the microwave negated the health benefits of my organic vegan black bean and rice wrap?

Sherman vs. Colbert

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Sherman Alexie
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Sherman Alexie is here in the Ham Wednesday - Friday for our first Whatcom Reads event, where everyone in the County read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Native American). We spoke briefly about his experience on the Colbert Report where Colbert was ambushed. To paraphrase Sherman, he expected a bookish introvert. There are few who've gone toe-to-toe with Colbert like the Sher Man.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's Good News Week, Really

For those of you who can remember the release of the song "It's Good News Week" by Hedgehoppers Anonymous in 1965, you know there was just a hint of satire, a pinch of irony. But times have changed. Sick of watching your retirement plummet, Rush Limbaugh blather and spew, suicide bombings and global warming? There are several cures. Good News Daily and GoodNews Network are news sites that feature only accounts detailing the more benevolent, altruistic, and spiritually enlightened aspects of homo sapiens, and from the polluted mainstream media streams it seems there are damn few of these around. Well there are more than you might think.
The news on these sites will give many people optimism, and proof that there is more occuring in the "human thaing" than catastrophe. Check them out.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dog Thinks of Trakl

The dark fir, snow, haunted
evening light reminds Dog

of Georg Trakl’s poetry which master
reads aloud now and then, “blackness,

silence and snow” although

it isn’t exactly silent, the car stereo
across the street battering obnoxiously, still

Dog is filled with inexpressible sorrow
and an inexhaustible appetite for young

wine. Out of the darkness and would-be

silence, the companionship of a forest-hemmed
tavern beckons. The young wine, pats

on the head, maybe even a belly scratching.
But the car leaves, and silence does now descend,

and along with it, the “blue grief of evening.”

Friday, March 6, 2009

No Poem Today

Just crows
in trees
in sun

and in other news, a Canadian study has found that the plastic lining in canned beverages contains Bisphenol A, a chemical which mimics estrogen. So those macho guys sitting in their pickups sipping brew are getting more in touch with their feminine side every sip.