Sunday, January 27, 2008

Pieces

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Read a review of Death of a Mexican and other Poems here.

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Unfortunately, my favorite track "Old Fools" isn't on this page, but it is on their new album.

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Once again, I lagged, and will most likely be missing these guys. Maybe they'll kick down a couple of tix for a fellow Lopez.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

No Country for Old Vatos

"What's the most you ever lost in a coin toss?"

I recently saw this and f----- up everything when I started reliving a car crash I was involved in many years ago and ended up missing most of Tommy Lee Jones' final monologue that I assume tied everything together. Just like that--Fin.

Other than that, I've been chewing on this movie over the last few days. Any thoughts?

Sunday, January 6, 2008

New Year

Just returned from Vancouver. Such a beautiful city, but shhh, very quiet over there, relatively speaking that is. Even when my wife and I stepped off the beaten trail and found ourselves parting the clavicles and femurs of the addicted on east Hastings, there wasn't much sound. People passing little plastic pouches to one another, some talking to themselves, other selling their goods, but all with the quietude of a monk. I'm exaggerating, of course, but this is how it seemed. Sad to see people sleeping on sidewalks beneath a mound of dirty blankets in that weather. Any weather, for that matter. What gives?

The new year was kinder to us: jazz, Italian food, and beverages. Secretly prayed to the god of "clear paths" that the drunken masses on Granville would make it home safely. Very crowded. Very fun. Stanley Park was nice, the aquarium, one of the best I've seen. I love jellyfish. Spent some time at the Vancouver Art Gallery and saw Georgia O'keefe's work, along with a few by Kurt Schwitters, Raushenberg, Kline and others, including one by Goya.

I think my favorite O'Keeffe would have to be "Pelvis with the Distance."

I guess it has always fulfilled my own interests in anatomy. I grew up fascinated by the illustrations and descriptions in Gray's Anatomy.

It cracked me up to read about the Freudians going crazy with her work, and how much she detested the fact. Sometimes a cigar's just a cigar, kid. And photos of her, at least in my opinion, how photogenic O'Keeffe was. Her famous husband's photos of her were interestingly beautiful.

Thought about heading for Whistler, but I'm not into snow sports. Besides, how much is it for a lift ticket? Let alone the costume one must assume in order to participate.

Overall, the trip was great. Took a few books and a notebook to occupy some of the spare moments alone. But mostly it was time spent exploring the city with my wife.