Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Works for Me

Being an artist doesn’t take much, just everything you got. Which means, of course, as the process is giving you life, it is also bringing you closer to death. But it’s no big deal. They are one and the same and cannot be avoided or denied. So when I totally embrace this process, this life/death, and abandon myself to it, I transcend all of this meaningless gibberish and hang out with the gods. It seems to me that this is worth the price of admission. 

Hubert Selby, Jr.
“Why I Continue to Write” 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Satan's Sunday Sermon, Short and Sweet

One good gift has the fatal apple given—
Your reason: let it not be over-sway’d
By tyrannous threats to force you into faith
‘Gainst all external sense and inward feeling:
Think and endure—and form an inner world
In your own bosom—where the outward fails;
So shall you nearer be to the spiritual
Nature, and war triumphant with your own.

                                                             Lord Byron

Works for me. We can’t let the tyrannous threateners win!


Friday, May 11, 2012


“Whatpoetry’ in contemporary American culture? In formal terms, the question has no answer; poetry is chopped prose, usually less than 1,000 words long...and that's about it. It has linebreaks and is drip-fed, line by line, to the VERY SLOW.
 John Dolan

Thursday, May 10, 2012


“Writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon one can neither resist nor understand.”
— George Orwell

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


“…even the most seemingly dreary and monotonous of lives is filled with poignancy and heroic struggle. All it takes is someone with an eye to see, an ear to hear…to get it down on paper… There is drama in the most ordinary and routine of days, but it’s a subtle thing that gets lost in the shuffle… ”   —R. Crumb

Saturday, May 05, 2012


“If you ask me, this country could do with a little less motivation. The people who are causing all the trouble seem highly motivated to me. Serial killers, stock swindlers, drug dealers, Christian Republicans. I’m not sure that motivation is always a good thing. You show me a lazy prick lying in bed all day watching TV, and I’ll show you a guy who’s not causing any trouble.   George Carlin


Friday, May 04, 2012


“To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.” 
— Gustave Flaubert

Thursday, May 03, 2012


“Don’t let the sun blast your shadow,
Don’t let the meltflow ride your mind,

They’re so natural, religiously unkind—

Oh no, love! You’re not alone!
You’re watching yourself,
But you’re too unfair....”
David Bowie,
“Rock and Roll Suicide,”
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
and the Spiders from Mars

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

“Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows”

“I have never read Marx. Well, I read a few pages then decided he was a bore. Karl didn’t invent the class struggle, he merely wrote about it in a way that impressed some people, using lots of big words... While it can certainly be useful to know about the history of the working class, you don’t need to have studied Marxist theory to know that being bossed around is degrading.
 Dave Coull

!Happy International Workers Day