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Entries from July 2016

Roomhorn

July 25th, 2016 · 1 Comment

I’ve wanted to build something like this for years. After some experimentation with materials and dimensions, I settled on 20 feet of 1/2 inch copper pipe. I originally wanted it to go around the whole room, but 20 feet seems to produce the best tone. It now hangs near the ceiling in my music room. […]

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Tags: *Music · *Sketchbook · R

Chonchons

July 19th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Speaking of ears, here are some sketches of chonchons, those peculiar creatures from Chilean folklore. Borges described them at some length in his Book of Imaginary Beings; here’s a shorter account, from the Dizionario dei Mostri (ed. Massimo Izzi, L’Airone, Roma, 1997), in my translation: Vampire composed of an isolated human head with enormous ears, […]

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Tags: *Sketchbook · C

Ears

July 11th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ears are strange looking things. Here are some studies of ears.

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Tags: *Sketchbook · E

Oulipo Pornobongo: Anthology of Erotic Wordplay

July 5th, 2016 · No Comments

Black Scat Books has published a trade paperback collecting the three issues of Oulipo Pornobongo, a curious little publication devoted to smut written under formal constraints, edited by Norman Conquest. I contributed six pieces (a song, an acrostic, an alphabet, a univocalism, a comic strip on a scenario by Derek Pell, and a homophonic transliteration). […]

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Tags: *Words · O