November 17, 2009

whatcha doing for supper
whatcha doing to me
whatcha doing for money
whatcha doing for free

Avish Khebrehzadeh, Theater, 2005/2006
oil and gesso on canvas with video-animation projection

* From Harpers' December 2009:

-- Rank of politicians among classes of people most trusted by Chinese in a poll this summer: 25

-- Rank of peasants, clergy, and sex workers, respectively: 1, 2, 3

-- Percentage of all Las Vegas homes that are currently worth less than their mortgages: 81

-- Ratio of Katie Couric's salary to the total operating expenses of NPR's seventeen foreign bureaus: 3:2

-- Number of obituaries that the New York Times has pre-written: 1,300

-- Number of U.S. states that have banned texting while driving: 27

-- Number of these states that offer traffic updates via Twitter: 25

* Brilliant retelling of the no-hitter Pittsburgh Pirates' Dock Ellis pitched in 1970 while on on LSD and other stimulants. By illustrator James Blagden. Watch it.

* "Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it." -- Ellen Goodman



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