February 2, 2006

a new home and a place to breathe


Joan Snyder, And Always Searching for Beauty, 2001

* Clusterfuck Nation. excerpt:

"But if the American public becomes subject to political despotism in the years ahead, it will come from somebody other than Bush and it will come because the public will demand it. The American public itself has been so grossly passive, complacent, and irresponsible in its raptures of credit-card shopping, infotainment, and easy motoring, that when our society runs into trouble due to the things we have ignored, the public will beg to be pushed around, they will crave to be directed toward some purposeful action to save their asses.

"That's why I think it's ridiculous to waste time wringing our hands over Bush. One day, very soon, for instance, we will find ourselves in a gasoline crisis that will not end. We will not be able to transport people and the goods they need around our country. Our railroad system will be a shambles because leaders like John Kerry were too busy wringing their hands over other things -- so we'll be stuck with no alternative to the interstate highway system. Likewise when the housing bubble implodes and the public discovers that an economy based on cheap oil suburbs and credit for the uncreditworthy can't continue, and nobody warned them about it.

"At some point not far away, we'll have a president who puts children in uniforms because their parents will have been scared to death by their own lifetime of slovenliness. It may not get us anything, except the illusion that we can regain what has been lost forever. And it may not last long, as the illusions finally fall away and we are left with only what we can do for ourselves locally. But it will not come from George W. Bush. It will come because of our own fantastic inattention to the things that really matter."

* 10 weirdest USB gadgets. excerpt:

"7. USB heated slippers

"Do you have cold feet? Do you want to tie yourself up to your laptop with a 2 metre long USB cable? Then this is the perfect product for you. USB heated slippers. Can you say awesome?"
...
"1. The USB vibrator

"This isn’t just a USB vibrator. This one includes 5 interchangable latex probes (wow!), has 10 unique preset pulse/vibrate rhythms (yihah!), and features a self adjustable finger ring vibrating bullet (amazing!)- here’s our winner ladies and gentlemen - the Super 10 function USB powered vibrator. Crazy shit."

* "There is nothing so stable as change." -- Bob Dylan

That said, the physical headquarters of dust congress will soon be moving from its urban location at 17th and P, in dupont circle to the quieter confines of Mt. Pleasant. The fantastic Ingleside Terrace, to be exact -- always one of my favorite roads in DC -- into a house with 3 bedrooms, three bathroom, two porches, one garage, and a backyard that borders Rock Creek Park. and room for a somewhat more proper studio in the basement. March is shaping up to be a busy month here, with the March 4 DCAC show, closing sometime between March 8 and 11, Joos shows the following week, and lots of painting to follow.....exciting.

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