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April 20, 2007

On Chesil Beach — by Ian McEwan


Published in the UK last month but not to be released in the U.S. until June 5, 2007.

    The final half of the final paragraph:

    This is how the entire course of a life can be changed — by doing nothing. On Chesil Beach he could have called out to Florence, he could have gone after her. He did not know, or would not have cared to know, that as she ran away from him, certain in her distress that she was about to lose him, she had never loved him more, or more hopelessly, and that the sound of his voice would have been a deliverance, and she would have turned back. Instead, he stood in cold and righteous silence in the summer's dusk, watching her hurry along the shore, the sound of her difficult progress lost to the breaking of small waves, until she was a blurred, receding point against the immense straight road of shingle gleaming in the pallid light.

Why wait for June?

Order it from Amazon UK like I did and you'll be in reading heaven in a couple days as opposed to months.

Which do you prefer: the British jacket (top) or the U.S. version (below)?


I think you know me well enough that I don't have to tell you which I favor.

April 20, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Blue Man Group Limited Edition 'Floppie the Banjo Clown' Foam Hand


Talk to the hand.

From the website:

    Blue Man Group Limited Edition 'Floppie the Banjo Clown' Foam Hand

    Celebrate this true rock hero.

    Straight from Blue Man Group's "How to be a Megastar Tour 2.0," we bring you our one-of-a-kind Floppie the Banjo Clown Foam Hand!

    Show everyone you’re a true Floppie Fan by wearing this 17-inch foam hand everywhere you go.


Take this to your next game and crack up everyone around you when you reach for the sky with this puppy.



April 20, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Nothing Festival


It's on in New York City.

The first week concludes tonight and tomorrow night with performances featuring Douglas Dunn, Hijack, Sam Kim and Dean Moss.

Week 2 starts next Tuesday, April 24 and runs through Saturday, April 28, with Luciana Achugar, Walter Dundervill, Jon Kinzel and Susan Rethorst doing what they do — or don't do.

I never, ever do what I don't do.

But I digress.

The Nothing Festival is kind of like a MacArthur Fellowship, in that the performers have absolutely no requirements or demands other than to follow whatever whim they might be entertaining at the time.

Sounds an awful lot like bookofjoe's philosophy, what?

Claudia La Rocco spotlighted the Nothing Festival in a review in today's New York Times, which follows.

    Nothing Festival

    Months before a show goes up, the news releases arrive, peppering journalists’ in-boxes like the vanguard of an advancing army. And there are the photographs and fliers sent out to give an idea of what the choreographer will create — even if the choreographer has yet to settle on a firm idea, or any idea. Making and marketing have competing needs. Enter Tere O’Connor and the Nothing Festival, which features eight works that deal with things like... well, your guess is as good as mine. Frustrated by the external demands placed on artists, Mr. O’Connor has fashioned an event free of advance hype. The choreographers don’t have to worry about tethering themselves to any half-baked ideas, and the only preconceived notion viewers have to overcome is the festival’s lame title. Never mind, the artists chosen by Mr. O’Connor more than make up for it: the first week of performances, which conclude tonight and tomorrow night, includes Douglas Dunn, Hijack, Sam Kim and Dean Moss. The second week, running Tuesday through April 28, brings Luciana Achugar, Walter Dundervill, Jon Kinzel and Susan Rethorst. (Jeanine Durning, above left, and Anneke Hansen in a work by Ms. Rethorst). From Ms. Achugar’s hot and heady ideas about performance to Mr. Dunn’s enigmatic, quirky formalism, there should be something, in this Nothing, for everyone.



7:30 p.m, Dance Theater Workshop, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-924-0077, dtw.org; $20; $12 for students and 65+.

April 20, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Organic Architecture of Studio 55


Last evening at 9:54 p.m. I received the following email:

    Hi Joe,

    Because of your facination with Organic Architecture, I thought you might be interested in seeing examples of what I am doing, inspired by Guimard and Horta.

    Greg Robinson


"Interested" is an understatement — where can we see it in person, Greg?

joeheads planet-wide will be inundating our switchboard and servers with this question from the moment this post goes up.

Ask him yourself: studio55@sympatico.ca

Note — Greg just emailed me 15 minutes ago (2:01 p.m.) with the following:

    Studio 55's gallery/studio is in Delta, Ontario (Canada).

    Open by chance or appointment.

    We will be exhibiting at the SIDIM International Design Show in Montreal May 24/25/26, 2007 — Booth 909.

April 20, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak — Speed Sleep: 'Enjoy the equivalent of a deep, relaxed sleep in just 25 minutes'


That's what the full page ad says in my new Sports Illustrated, just arrived today.

It would appear that, along with reading, dating, exercising and the rest, another barrier has yielded to 21st century time pressure.

Or has it?

At speedsleep.com, there's a whole raft of stuff to put you into the picture before your PowerNap™.

Plunk down $19.95 for the CD (top) and prepare to experience "X-Treme Sleeping."

Tell me how it goes, would you?

"Hey, joe, are your eyes closed? 'Cause you must be dreaming."

April 20, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Fly Swatter Clock


Now that's what I call a mashup.

From the website:

    Fly Swatter Clock

    This Quartz-accurate Fly Swatter Clock looks just like an old-fashioned fly swatter.

    A plastic pest attached to the second hand "jumps" every second (via pulse mechanism) causing passersby to double-take, wondering if it's real or retro chic.

    Uses one "AA" battery (not included).

    21.5" x 4.5".


April 20, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

'Whereas God can make something from nothing, make something into nothing... human beings can only divide a thing into parts or assemble parts into a whole' — Caroline Walker Bynum


Just so.

But realizing this is the first step toward closing the gap.

A few thousand more years and who knows?

Perhaps Stewart Brand's memorable remark from back in the day will become more real than a dream.

April 20, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Las Vegas Sign Fiber Optic Light Up Cap


No kitsch here, what?

From the website:

    Las Vegas Light Up Cap

    You’ll hit the jackpot with this fiber optic Las Vegas Light Up Cap featuring the famous neon logo that’s become instantly recognized the world over.

    It’s all the fun of the Strip without any lo$$es.

    One size fits most.

    On/off switch.

    100% cotton.





April 20, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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