I’ve been trying to design a series of book covers for the novels I plan to publish via kindle and possible print versions using createspace. Here’s one series using art by Francis Picabia.
The Knockout Artist • Harry Crews – Lydia Lunch started a band called Harry Crews with Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth that recorded songs based on Crew’s novels. They recorded a live album in London and Austria. After a song called The Gospel Singer Lunch banters with crowd: Harry Crews a man by the same name as the band. I know it’s confusing cause you never heard of him. Continue reading “Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 71”
Last night Angela and I walked up to the Whistle Stop to hear DJ Chris Woo spin some tunes and check out a show of paintings by another friend Kandi Guzman. Outside on the sidewalk we ran into Murrugun T. Mystic. We had done some shows together about 8 years ago when he was performing as The Junkboy Sideshow. He wondered what happened to a picture I had of him blowing himself up at one of our shows. He actually strapped a metal plate around his chest, rigged it with explosives and detonated it at the show. The explosion was much bigger than anyone expected. ‘Kaboomski’, as my old mate Cecil Hayduke liked to say.
The blast knocked him clean out of the picture and left a huge bruise on his chest. He went on to become a first rate sword swallower and sideshow act extraordnaire. ‘I got more than I picture’ I said. ‘I got a video!’ The actual blow up happens so fast it may be hard to follow at first. I’ve replayed it over and over, and find it funnier each time.
The other day on instant Netflix I watched a pretty cool documentary called Blank City about the NY punk art scene in the late 70s. I learned some weird stuff like Steve Buscemi worked as Continue reading “Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 69”
Yesterday, I was feeling pretty low. I don’t think it had anything to do with the rain, though a little sunshine might have motivated me to exercise more, possibly stay off some of those nasty brain chemicals. You know how it is.
I will say that there is nothing stupider in the world than automated sprinklers in the rain. And yet that’s how many of us seem to be running our lives, slaves to routine. Maybe we should all record ourselves and listen to the tapes.
I was looking forward to a few friends coming over to watch a documentary film called Shut Up Little Man. Continue reading “Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 68”
I recently finished reading William Vollmann’s Poor People. I think its an important book. Vollmann simply asked people in countries around the world whether or not they thought they were poor, and why. Some really poor people didn’t think they were poor because they could look down the docks and see someone worse off. Everyone he talked to was poorer than me.
The recent suicides of workers at the factory in China that makes iPads, iPhones etc. for Apple has made me revise my call for the six hour work day. Continue reading “Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 67”
The Netflix algorithm has almost figured me out.
Life cannot adequately be imagined as a puzzle; even though, sometimes when people die they leave a hole in the world, and you can see how only they can fill it. But that’s not enough to explain why some people or puzzle-pieces are essential for subsequent pieces even to exist. I may not believe in hereos, but there must be such a thing as heroic acts. I don’t want to imply any imperative kowtowing to the ancestors. In fact it might be beneficial for us to procede without knowledge of our forebearers. Sometimes they get in the way of the new. I’m not going to be talking about influence here, or even provocation so much as trailblazing. I don’t even mean to suggest that those walking on the trail must recognize who blazed it, though for me it remains a fascination. I walked up to my local pub last night to check out my friend Belinda Rachman who was reading-out a short story with the group called So Say We All (A monthly reading series with a theme: this month ‘talk dirty.’)
I was surprised that I didn’t hear a shout out at the show for Grove Press founder Barney Rosset, who died a few days before the show. Continue reading “Jimmy Jazz ~~ Captain’s Blog 65”
This wordpress site was a scurvy landlubber to install.
I have been in a period of study, reading, deep focus, trying to re-engage the habit of writing in my personal journal. Much to the detriment of my blog and webmag. I’ve decided to throw off the homemade version of PE and adopt the power of wordpress. Hope you enjoy the new look and the power it will give readers to comment and engage with the content of Pirate Enclave.