11 July 2009


As well as Blogger has served me here, I am moving my blog to Wordpress.com in what I dub a "sweeping web move." I like grand, I like dramatic.
I've been thinking about doing this for a couple weeks now. It's easier to set up multiple pages on Wordpress, which I'll use for the purpose of turning the blog into a more encompassing personal portfolio. It'll have pages for my photography and writing. I hope to be tweaking the layout a fair amount over the next couple of weeks, so don't get anxious as the site undergoes its troubling adolescent "trying to find itself" stage.

Presenting: Aesthetics of Everywhere, version 2, Wordpress edition, whatever... Please meet me there, and update your bookmark:

02 July 2009


...and brief, since all I'm focused on is unwinding.

One. A brief ode to Twitter, presented in precisely 140 characters as is the rule:
twitter is trending topics. brief bursts of convo, rather meditated-upon, succinct. minimalistic in a maximalistic screen-immersion culture.
Two. Dr. Oliver Sacks, whose book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain I picked up last week, was a guest on the June 29th episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Talks about how music stimulates the pleasure center of the brain. It's neat how things seem to rush at once into your life. Trending topics, again.
Three. I may have forgotten my third thought. Will just say that I've been continuing with my David Foster Wallace binge... devouring Brief Interviews with Hideous Men nowadays on the bus ride to and from work. It's a collection of his short stories, wild yet controlled. DFW's got a way of reigning in these bizarrely constructed tales, in an auto-crash, can't-look-away fascination. They're urgent, causing the reader to feel that not only is it rude to stop reading, it may in fact be unsafe to do so. Fictional characters will hang in your conscience well after you've scrubbed your hands of the grit and oil. It's not simply that it's dark. It's also sad and here and real.
I can safely say that he does short fiction as well as he does essays as well as he does hyper-lengthy fiction. What a guy.