Monday, October 31, 2011


my review of anna joy springer's devastating, life-altering book the vicious red relic, love is here. i hope that you will buy & read this book; there is nothing that i could want for you more.


breeder sonnet- rebecca wolff
hold me- fleetwood mac
brain drain- marianne faithfull
lily (my one and only)- smashing pumpkins
kassem miro- said el kurdi
new song (live)- bat for lashes
seagulls screaming kiss her kiss her- xtc
tenant- siouxsie & the banshees
autumn- joanna newsom
do me in once and i'll be sad, do me in twice & i'll know better- the GTOS
widow's walk- van dyke parks
the sequel- st. vincent

download here

Friday, October 28, 2011

black lacquered horse hair whip

since strange mercy came out i've been listening almost exclusively to st. vincent- oh god, oh god! so perfect. this first song, "chloe in the afternoon," makes my heart explode. it has been some time since i've been so obsessed with new music- i love the immediacy of it, how there are new performances and songs and tours happening right as you fall in love with the sounds and words, all this access, all this excitement just for you.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

meet you in the ladies' room

is there anything better than being in a room full of women putting on fake eyelashes, explaining their origin stories, teasing their wigs, picking out underwear, painting their faces garishly, sharing lipsticks and craning their necks for space in front of the bathroom mirror?

more videos from the bad princess poetry walk, a kate durbin project, here

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

a finely neutered fruit

i have taken myself to the mountains to write and lay by the river before it gets too cold to do so anymore. i drove up listening to st. vincent's strange mercy, which is the only thing i want to listen to lately. it makes me feel full of goodwill towards the planet, and also vast amazement at the quality of a song which can make you feel like it is as necessary as anything. i am finishing a review of a book i love very, very much, the vicious red relic, love, and have been surprised by how difficult it's been to put into some sort of cohesive statement how much i adore this book. i feel that, once read, it is now living inside me, and i want it to live inside everyone, because we all deserve to know such an act of generosity, the generosity that this book is.

on sunday at 3am i decided i had to go see st. vincent. on sunday at 3pm i was seeing st. vincent, and being moved to a throat thick with tears and love so great it wrecked me. last week i saw a medium for the first time. there is no end to the small and important moments of everyday that bowl me over with their surprising lushness; i respond to it all with my ghost hand to my heart, like a bad actress or celine dion singing, but i am sincere and absolutely awed.

Monday, October 10, 2011

red red red

from wikipedia:

"Red hair is also fairly common amongst the Ashkenazi Jewish populations, possibly because of the influx of European DNA over a period of centuries, or in the original founding of their communities in Europe,[14] although both Esau and David are described in the Bible as red-haired. In European culture, prior to the 20th century, red hair was often seen as a stereotypically Jewish trait: during the Spanish Inquisition, all those with red hair were identified as Jewish.[15] In Italy, red hair was associated with Italian Jews, and Judas was traditionally depicted as red-haired in Italian and Spanish art.[16] Writers from Shakespeare to Dickens would identify Jewish characters by giving them red hair.[17] The stereotype that red hair is Jewish remains in parts of Eastern Europe and Russia.[18]

Two studies have demonstrated that people with red hair have different sensitivity to pain compared to people with other hair colors. One study found that people with red hair are more sensitive to thermal pain (associated with naturally occurring low vitamin K levels),[36] while another study concluded that redheads are less sensitive to pain from multiple modalities, including noxious stimuli such as electrically induced pain.

A common belief about redheads is that they have fiery tempers and sharp tongues. In Anne of Green Gables, a character says of Anne Shirley, the redheaded heroine, that "her temper matches her hair", while in The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield remarks that "People with red hair are supposed to get mad very easily, but Allie [his dead brother] never did, and he had very red hair."

Another belief is that redheads are highly sexed; for example, Jonathan Swift satirizes redhead stereotypes in part four of Gulliver's Travels, "A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms," when he writes that: "It is observed that the red-haired of both sexes are more libidinous and mischievous than the rest, whom yet they much exceed in strength and activity." Swift goes on to write that: "...neither was the hair of this brute [a Yahoo] of a red color (which might have been some excuse for an appetite a little irregular) but black as a sloe..."[48] In the novel and film Red-Headed Woman, the titular protagonist is a sexually aggressive home-wrecker who frequently throws violent temper tantrums."

more on redheads

Thursday, October 6, 2011

bad bad

more photos from the bad princess poetry walk here.