Archive for May, 2007

Division of Planes

I first heard Division of Planes on MetaFilter Music. I told them to come to Cleveland because I thought they’d go down well. One of the band members contacted me for more info. Well, they’re coming to Cleveland, and they got the gig on their own gumption. If you check out their website they’re described […]

I Only Come Out At Night

I’ve had this rash that has recently become a full body thing; it itches like a cayenne porcupine. Miracle of miracles, I managed to get not one, but two doctor’s appointments today; one with my primary care physician and one with a dermatologist. I was pleased to discover that every lifestyle question they asked about […]

Beastie Boys Video Anthology

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #100: Beastie Boys Video Anthology. I have a distinct memory of dancing Intergalactic stop-motion style at some dance or other with my high school buddies senior year. I was never a huge Beastie Boys fan, though I certainly got down to their music. For a person […]


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #164: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris. My Dostoevsky professor once said that Russians are more Oriental than Occidental in temperament, and the contemplative pacing and constant importance of the unimportant throughout Tarkovsky’s Solaris seems to support this assertion fairly well. For those used to Stanislaw Lem’s whimsical cybernetic […]

Bicycle Thieves

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #374: Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves. Bicycle Thieves is one of those films that ends up on every Film History syllabus. It shouldn’t be avoided, but I think that it appreciates to a viewer who has actually had to live and scrounge to make ends meet […]

End Round GMMC Meeting

We had the end of Round 9 meeting tonight at the Cleveland Foundation. This was a good meeting, even though Joel is gone and there isn’t a new director in place yet, we discussed what was on our minds in terms of improvements that could be made to the process, additional and different assistances that […]

Uncle Scratch’s Gospel Revival

Blk Tygr was playing again at the Beachland last night, so I went and heard one of their new songs. It was an odd bill for them, since all the other acts were rockabilly associates. I particularly enjoyed Uncle Scratch’s Gospel Revival. Their act is just as cognitively dissonant as their band name. For instance, […]


I’m putting a bid in on a house today. This is serious business. I think that I’ve done as much research, planning and judgment as possible. I’ve consulted friends, neighbors, countrymen, undocumented immigrants, stray cats, augurer and haruspex. I’ve even done the math n times. Everything seems to be working out. Even with all of […]


One of my coworkers told me that I’m bowl-legged today. This is true. I tend to walk as if my insteps are treading an invisible line. Despite my bowl-leggedness, I still get knock-kneed, especially when running or around a pretty woman. All of this supports my theory that my legs tend to operate as a […]

Indians versus Twins

My buddy hooked me up with two suite tickets to the Indians v. Twins game last night. Free beer, free food, seats to the right of behind home plate, a flat screen TV with the Cavs game on inside the heated room, et cetera. At one point he checked outside and noticed that everyone in […]

Music Update

Been Listening to: Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation Pacha Massive – All Good Things Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Living with the Living Lifesavas – Gutterfly Coco Rosie – The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn The Very Knees Chum PJ Harvey Charlie Parker Getachew Mekuria + The Ex + Guests

Punk Rock Softball

Today, after missing it for two consecutive years due to not being sufficiently committed to in-the-loopness, I finally made it to a Punk Rock Softball game. I realized that no one who does it really likes to call it Punk Rock Softball, which is appropriate. I probably diminished its punkness by my mere presence, and […]

Samurai Spy

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #312: Masahiro Shinoda’s Samurai Spy. Like any good spy movie, most of the time in Samurai Spy the viewer doesn’t know who is who, who is what and who is where. This is good. The film also has a bit of an Ian Fleming flair to […]

Blisse Anonyon Atu, Chum, The Library is on Fire, The Very Knees

I was at Edison’s last night for some great music. First off was Blisse Anonyon Atu from a redirected show at Visible Voice Books. It was just her, an iPod with her tracks on it, and an effects machine. The result was an ethereal bit of indie-electronica, dancy and languid at the same time. The […]


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #57: Stanley Donen’s Charade. What struck me most about Charade was the way in which it could show callous and sometimes vicious murders in such a carefree way that you felt free to not care about the dead schmucks. That is a feeling that lasts throughout […]

Fanny och Alexander [Theatrical Version]

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #263: Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny och Alexander [Theatrical Version]. Although I’ve yet to see the five hour television version of this film, Fanny and Alexander seems an odd title for a film in which Fanny is little more than an afterthought foil to her brother Alexander. There […]


I think one of the reasons I’m so rigid in my reckoning of life is that at a fundamental level I’m a coward. Sometimes when I’m caught by surprise and have to think fast about something, I choose what appears to be the easiest or safest way, or sometimes just refuse to think about it […]

Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #82: Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet. Laurence Olivier did remarkably well in his transplant of Hamlet to the silver screen. Although the transplant involved a gastric bypass of much of the play’s text, Olivier mitigated this omission by inspired camerawork. Terrence Rafferty’s Criterion essay suggest that the camera […]

I Will Drown

For Cleveland So that others need not follow my example. So that we may no longer be called Job’s children. So the spoor of our smokestack heart can be impaled by its steeple surrounds. So there shall be a reckoning. So what buoys is more than memories from a generous pour. So sinister becomes dexter. […]

Walker Evans by Belinda Rathbone

This spring/summer seems to be turning into biography time so far. I’ve been picking up books at Visible Voice, and the Walker Evans biography was one of them. For the most part it is an interesting well-written and informative look at the personal life and motivations of my favorite photographer. Chronologically it gets a bit […]