After work today I ran across the street to UHF Records to take some photos for a profile on Bellyache Records for my column next week. They’re releasing the new record George Washington’s Teeth (the frontmost lp) by my favorite local band The Oscillating Fan Club. I don’t have a copy of it yet but I got to take pictures of it. The release party is December 11th. The sleeves for it came in today.
Then I came home and started to do some homework and put on Brian Eno’s Here Come the Warm Jets and was curious to see if there were any live videos of “Needle in the Camel’s Eye” on YouTube. I didn’t find any, but I did find this.
“Telling a writer to relax is like telling a man to relax while being examined for a hernia, and as for confidence, see how stiffly he sits, glaring at the screen that awaits his words. See how often he gets up to look for something to eat or drink.”
Dave Graw: We had a Lost party and everybody brought a dish. I opened my big mouth a couple of weeks before and I’m like, I’m making cookies with everybody’s face. So I tried making cookies with everybody’s face and it was—molding them? It was a fucking nightmare. I burnt like, 24 cookies. Like, woo, big surprise, I can’t cook. Or bake. So we ended up working it out but some friends showed up and they brought these beers and they made these labels and they’ve been in Derek’s fridge since then. So I’m drinking this stale old seven month old beer.
Today I held a seminar on grammar at OCC. We did a bit of diagramming. These are some of the example sentences I provided in the powerpoint:
Steve is the fireman who rescued my cat.
The instructor had spoken only three lines of the poem when the fire alarm was pulled.
The police have been looking for the car thief since Saturday night.
The teacher had been searching for the assignment when she dropped her papers. Jogging is a great way to start the day. To jog in bad weather is not.
Christine enjoys baking cookies.
I need to water the plants.
This conversation is about writing proper sentences.
Margaret whistled a beautiful tune.
A beautiful tune was whistled by Margaret.
Mike plays guitar he is very good at it.
For sleeping in his office caused Carl to lose his job.
I like my schedule this semester. Because I can go to class and still work part time.
Then I interviewed John K. King (John K. King Used & Rare Books). He hadn’t slept and had been working all day. He showed me his rare book room where Richard Gere had just shot a scene and his meteor which fell to Earth in the 1600s. I really wanted to touch it, but I didn’t.