Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Northern New Mexico College needs you, you, you, and especially your ass...

Seriously, check it out; it's a wonderful mission:


Sunday, January 21, 2007

I will be posting some photos over the next week by Paul G. Sanchez, a photographer and educator living in San Diego. Most of these were shot while he and his girlfriend were living in San Miguel de Allende, Guadalajara, and the city of Guanajuato My wife and I visited them about a year and a half ago. Our laughter's probably still echoing in those cantinas.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody...

I managed to save up enough scratch over the last six months to buy some tix to see the Kronos Quartet at UCSD's Mandeville Theater. It's part of the ArtPower series that features world-renowned artists each month. Los Lobos will be playing an acoustic set Feb. 8th or 9th, I believe. My wife and I really want to catch that show.

Anyway, Kronos Q was incredible. There were violins, viola, cello, barking sled dogs, electric sanders, saws, iron fences, hammers, drum loops, a keg of beer, scary human voices, and so many other troubling devices--so many thoughts ran through my mind: creepy beauty, anxiety, more anxiety. At one point, I wanted to stand up and yell like Nacho: "Hey, take it easy!"

If you haven't heard them play Phillip Glass's "String Quartet No 3 (Mishima)," though, you should. It's very bewtful. And their stuff with Gronk, the badass Gronk, and Cafe Tacuba, and Requiem for a Dream, which they played, oh Lawd, stop me!

Well, my wife and I took my parents, and it was a strange, yet wonderul, night.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Another Show

Here's another chance to see Batwings. I saw them at the Alibi in San Diego last Saturday, and they lifted the roof off the place. They're intense--yet melodic, and create an impressive musical space.

Check them out now! http://myspace.com/batwingskillyou

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I'm currently reading through Breaking the Alabaster Jar, which is a book of conversations/interviews with Li-Young Lee. This book is insightful, breath-taking, and inspiring, much like his work as a poet--needless to say, I strongly recommend it to anyone who thinks about Mama-Art, its function, and its necessary place in contemporary culture.

Hasta Luego

Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy birthday, Dr. King!

I assigned King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail to my students on Friday, as well as the letter written by a group of clergymen that inspired his response. We are currently studying argument and persuasion. I can only hope they are persuaded by the man's call.

We'll see tomorrow.

Sunday, January 14, 2007


Charlie Parker made many, many great musicians toss their altos over the Brooklyn Bridge because they couldn't hang with the new sound. You have a gee-tar in your hands right now?

Seriously, check these dudes out if you haven't already. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWqkUG5r7XU


Not even voodoo carne asada could help the Chargers...damn.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


If you're in town, check out the show. Si no, put your ear to the sidewalk and howl.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Image and Rembembrance

I just finished the great Mexican poet Jose Emilio Pacheco's book City of Memory and Other Poems. After reading his long poem, "I Watch the Earth," about the tragic earthquake that rocked his native Mexico City in 1985, I was suddenly thrown back to El Centro, California, 1979, my hometown, where Willie, Susie and I got caught up in one that left us running for cover. I'll never forget the image of my swingset, how it looked as if it was walking in place: up, down; up, down; left, right, while our County building tumbled and telephone poles, like roughed-up drunk dudes, wobbled then dropped hard against the streets.

"Los animales avisaron, intentaron hablar
y no entendimos las señales."

Monday, January 8, 2007


"Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt, and live like it's Heaven on earth."

--Mark Twain (?)

Sunday, January 7, 2007