Oct 21, 2009


My friend John Doyle has conceived of a hilariously wonderful project called I Fucked Mariah, which he sent me a draft of and potential soundtrack to last year and is apparently going to be performed in December at PS160. I would have loved to be involved in this. Alas, New York, you taunt me again. New Yorkers: go see this.


Publication Studio

Patricia No and Matthew Staedler opened a small publication studio in the basement of the Ace Hotel's event space The Cleaners that is open 6 am to noon to help you make and print custom books.

I have been wanting to make a small cookbook/project book for the Estonia Adventure. Winter break, Matt?

In celebration of their participation in the Amsterdam Biennale, the Publication Studio will be having a morning fete this Saturday, that I will attend if the winery does not call first.
From their website, http://www.publicationstudio.biz/:

Amsterdam Biennale Opening: Drunk by Noon
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 11 am
@ Publication Studio, SW 10th Avenue & Stark Street, Portland, Ore.

The Amsterdam Biennale, which includes a Portland Pavilion featuring 20 books collaboratively made with Portland artists and Publication Studio, will open with a three-city real-time party and massive co-writing collaboration, linking Portland, Amsterdam, and Beirut. The co-authored text, written by revelers in all three cities, will be typeset, printed, and bound by Publication Studio as the party proceeds. Lots of Dutch gin, bitterballen, and koffie verkleerd will be consumed. This event is free and open to the public.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Speaking of the Virgin Suicides, is there any film that perhaps influenced Sofia more than Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock? But who could blame her... that music! the mystery! the fashion! I'm obsessed.

Apparently someone made it into a play. I'm going to have to order a copy.

Oct 18, 2009


Bethany Ides is curating a night of short performance works for the Alembic series at Performance Works NW for early December that I am excited to be a part of. Dubbed "The Third Side," the program will revolve around mix tapes, nostalgia and TV flashbacks.

Something on my mind:

Oct 1, 2009

Chicken Fights

"Right away, I figured out that "pecking order" isn't just a figure of speech: they adhered to a strict social system, with each hen taking her turn at the feeder, and corrective nips doled out to any chicken that stepped out of line." Susan Orlean, "The It Bird," The New Yorker, September 28, 2009.


These feathered friends belong to the lavender farm where Jacqueline works. Aren't they beauties? That pom-pom hat! They are truly free range and can be found all over the property, cavorting with small children, assorted felines and odd dogs. They have quite the personalities and like to lay their eggs secretly in bushes and under trees where you are sure not to find them.

In Estonia we lived (as in, inside with us...) with a flock of fourteen baby chicks that turned into ten. Chick mortality, and chicken mortality as a whole, is apparently quite high. What was strange was that the babies knew when one was going to die, and would help the process along. After several small chicken deaths, I decided to give special attention to the next chick who was doing poorly. I held it in my hands, warming its feathers. I put it in a special box under its own heat lamp. I tried to hand feed it. But the little creature resisted, and squeaked to rejoin its mates, so after a period of quarantine I relented - nature is nature, after all. As soon as it was back with the flock it began to burrow itself under the others, literally throwing itself at the feet of the other chicks in a ritualistic death throw. The flock in turn began stepping on the tiny chick, assuring its timely demise.

Talk about pecking order.

chicks gettin bigger
more chicken love