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Entries from November 2012

Common Sense

November 29th, 2012 · No Comments

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Tags: *Music · C

Black Scat Review 1

November 28th, 2012 · No Comments

The first issue of Black Scat Review is now out!  Among its interesting contents is my translation of “The Man in the Iron Mask,” by Pierre-Henri Cami.  Cami is now mostly forgotten by English readers, but he once published in Vanity Fair and was lauded by Chaplin.  He specialized in fast-moving, gag-driven playlets; he’s sometimes […]

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Tags: *Words · B

Lookin’ for a Man

November 27th, 2012 · No Comments

Back in the ’90s, White Knuckle Sandwich made a video of Jen’s song, “Lookin’ for a Man.”  The song and storyboard were by Jen Perez, and it was shot by videographer Anney Bonney for the now defunct pseudo.com.  Anne Shapiro and I portrayed a number of characters in this disturbing production.  Here are some screen […]

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Index Cards (27)

November 26th, 2012 · 1 Comment

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Twenty-Four More

November 20th, 2012 · No Comments

In 1996, MTV decided to expand, by starting a second station called M2.  A number of bands were commissioned to write jingles using their slogan “24 more.”  White Knuckle Sandwich submitted three possibilities (one for each of us), and mine was chosen.  The 30 second spot used an elaborate set, a revolving camera, and a […]

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Considerations on the Death and Burial of Tristan Tzara

November 19th, 2012 · 1 Comment

My translation of Isidore Isou’s “Considerations on the Death and Burial of Tristan Tzara” is published by Black Scat Books, as the eighth in their elegant chapbook series, “Absurdist Texts and Documents.”  Isou, founder of that unusual literary movement, Letterism, describes his hilarious, often embarrassing, behavior at Tristan Tzara’s funeral.  It’s published in a limited […]

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Tags: *Words · C

The Club Recluse Handbook

November 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Jim Moore created the character of Baron Otto von Tu, an aristocratic hermit.  The Baron, in turn, founded Club Recluse, a society for the anti-social.  I wrote the handbook, which included information about the society, tributes to great recluses, and tips for solitary living.  Jim tried to sell membership kits, containing this manual, a certificate, […]

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Tags: *Words · C

The Death of Orpheus

November 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Orpheus may not be a good role model, but I suspect all musicians identify with him.

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Tags: *Music · D

The Moon Show

November 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Here I am performing my illustrated story, “Bimbo and Bombo,” at “The Moon Show” (Williamsburg, 11/5/12).

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Tags: *Cartoons · *Music · M

Index Cards (26)

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments

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