Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Art, Prosody and the Lash




Eight seconds of (and from) Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson's Bottles Under the Influence (2012) installation at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Alberta.


An installation image of Tiziana La Melia's The Eyelash and the Monochrome (Spread 4) (2014), part of her recent Mercer Union exhibition The Eyelash and the Monochrome. (The eyelash motif is by Sylvain Sailly.)

From another work in the exhibition, a text excerpt by La Melia: "The blank in the blink that is a source of inspiration./ Was the blink a wink? Think of the room as a mattress./ Not unlike a whisker, it vibrates, an eccentric state of mind, removes plaque."

Rosie Prata wrote a thoughtful review of La Melia's exhibition for Canadian Art. You can read it here.

Monday, March 2, 2015


A small room inside a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair, and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences, but I could never match the view.

Last week I started Renata Adler's Speedboat (1976), a book I found on Pulp Fiction's "Staff Picks" shelf and discovered in its episodic fiction not a speedboat but a slow moving raft.

Beside the first paragraph I wrote "Tamara Henderson!" Then an arrow pointing here: "That was a dream, of course, but many of the most important things, I find, are the ones learned in your sleep."

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Queen Noor




Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan was born Lisa Halaby in Washington, DC, in 1951. She attended Princeton University, where she played ice hockey and received a Bachelor of Arts in architecture and urban planning. While working for Royal Jordanian Airlines as the company's Director of Facilities, Planning and Design she met Hussein of Jordan, and in 1978 became his fourth wife and queen consort.

Friday, February 27, 2015

"No Prisoners!"




One hundred years ago, when the oil-thieving English lied to the Arabs in their quest to push the Ottoman Turks off the Arabian peninsula.

And now England's up in arms about a guy its media have dubbed "Jihadi John"?