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An Infinite Regress

Some problems have no solutions. Sulking doesn’t exactly help but is sometimes necessary. I’m giving myself a couple of days to mope before leaving town for the Dells. Even if other parts of Wisconsin Dells were on fire yesterday…which is somehow fitting. But there will be no crying on waterslides. Epiphanies only.

Five (or more) good things for this mopey Monday:

  • A “musical archaeology of the raddest order” - an eccentric soul revue. The five sample songs are just the thing for today, and make me want more.
  • Beloved British director Edgar Wright is blogging right here. Another favorite Brit - Neil Gaiman, at age 15.
  • Luigi Serafini’s Codex Seraphinianus may have been inspired by Ulisse Aldrovandi’s Monstrorum Historia. I have a copy of the former but alas, not the latter. The pangolin and the dugong seem like creatures that could be included in either, but they are animals that still live in the real world…not just in the demented imaginations of deranged artists.
  • Happened upon this Bay Area photoblog and I like what they’re seeing. On the other coast: The Lost Tribes of New York City, Inanimate Objects Find Their Voice.
  • Just pre-ordered a copy of the amazing-looking On Tender Hooks from Isabel Samaras:

    Drawing her influence from classic TV shows and paintings by the Old Masters for example riffing on GĂ©ricault’s Raft of the Medusa by replacing the figures with characters from Gilligan’s Island Samaras has created a witty erotic and surreal body of work. This fresh and dazzling volume includes a three-way interview between Samaras and fellow low-brow artists Shag and The Pizz as well as delightful and enlightening commentary from gallerist Justin Giarla and art writer Colin Berry and an erotic short story by Lucy Blue.

And lastly, yet another shout-out to Giyen, whose experiences so often parallel my own. Like her, I opened myself up to the unknown this year, hoping for happiness. But that also opened the door for heartbreak. For now I am like Sad Panda (”life isn’t all bamboo and blog love”). But I’m hoping to have Rude Bear style party times before long.

Tom and Zack at Eclipse Records


  1. Have a good time at the Dells!

    Time away is always good for the soul.

    Mind me asking which place you are staying?

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    Exactly, a change of scenery will be just the thing. We aren’t staying in one of the big crazy resorts, but rather a smaller hotel nearby.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Permalink
  3. We use to stay at a B&B a little outside of the area…
    but they dont allow kids so we were looking for somewhere new the next time we go.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink
  4. Sharyn wrote:

    Aha. Yeah, the place we’re staying is attached to a B&B that doesn’t allow kids - but we’re staying in the motel portion that does. It’s not super posh, but they do offer vegan breakfast options which is what swayed me. I’ll definitely report back.

    Monday, March 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Permalink
  5. Giyen wrote:

    Grrrr … why can’t all be sunshine and daisies for once? I keep telling myself to keep my eye on the prize …

    PS. Go fellowship!

    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

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