February 2007 Archives
Preferred spelling and usage in my forthcoming book Reading Comics, courtesy of my excellent copyeditor:
art comics (n.), art-comics (adj.)
black and white (n.), black-and-white (adj.)
bookstore [vs. "comic book store"]
comic book (n., adj.)
comic book store
Comics Code Authority
Decadent (ref. to art movement)
Drawn & Quarterly
editor in chief
fin de siècle
front and center
hard-core (adj.), hardcore (n.)
high school (n., adj.)
indie (adj., n.)
in medias res
L&R (short for Love & Rockets)
L&RX (short for Love & Rockets X)
magical realist (adj.)
near miss (n.)
nostalgie de la boue
"Purgatory" (section of Divine Comedy)
roman à clef
rule of thumb
science fiction (n., adj.)
side by side (adv.)
sleight of hand
tour de force
United States (n.), U.S. (adj.)
wasp waist (n.)
word for word (adv.)
work for hire (n.)
I suspect this gives a frighteningly good preview of what the book itself is going to be like.
Hi to all the Hour readers visiting this site for the first time; note that the "Green Light" project was not exactly the way it's described in the article, but I'm very flattered that they mentioned (and linked to) it anyway!
I am currently sitting in LAX, dealing with email while my computer recharges. Have I mentioned that I hate driving in big cities? Especially this one? I really do. I think I steamed up the windshield with my quiet freaking out a couple of times. But I love the excellent dinners I've had the last couple of nights, and I love my friends I've dined with doubly.
First in what I hope will be an occasional series. Following the suggestion of this well-circulated and thought-provoking article to "try to add new species, not just new foods, to your diet... biodiversity in the diet means less monoculture in the fields," I'm making it a deliberate project to try every nonpoisonous species of plant I can find that I haven't eaten before (at least those offered for sale as food; I'm not going the "Wildman" Steve Brill route just yet. Maybe later).
Experiment #1, found at Limbo yesterday: purple carrots. (Are they actually a different species?) I'd been told they were crisper and sweeter than orange carrots; crisper, yes, but when I tried a couple raw, they actually seemed slightly bitterer, and I was slightly disappointed that the purple color was only on their skins; on the inside, they were orange. So I cut up a few and threw them in with some leeks I was braising for dinner, along with a couple of orange carrots; cooked, their texture and flavor were all but identical.
Deerhoof at the Crystal Ballroom last night: excellent, and adjusting well to their trio lineup. (A couple of links that have been hanging around for a while: here's a nine-song live-stuff-and-covers collection--as one long MP3, but the track listing is here, and includes covers of the Beatles, My Bloody Valentine, Canned Heat and Herman's Hermits--and here's "+81" from the new album, which neatly encapsulates what they're like for people who haven't heard them before.) But one moment I really enjoyed was actually before they went on: their intro music was Niney's awesome "Blood and Fire," which I don't think I'd encountered at club-speaker volume before--hearing Jamaican music from that era at suitably high volumes always makes me imagine what the "sound system" scene would really have been like.
It was just about exactly 15 years ago today that Azalia Snail talked me into starting Dark Beloved Cloud. Thank you again, Azalia, and thank you to everybody who's supported the label over the last 15 years.
In related news: Uncle Wiggly's video for "Rat's Rabbits" (from their Teenbeat album Jump Back, Baby) is now up on YouTube. And Fly Ashtray have a video for "Mindpants" from their new and awesome CD-R Pantswind Folder.