On My Fellow Bloggers

I just want to state for the records that I really miss posts by Adam Robinson and Jared Sinclair. Every freaking day I click onto my Blog and check out the lack of comments. I click the comments labeled "0" just to see if it hasn't updated yet. Then I click over to Adam Kotsko's sight and read everything there. I appreciate the effort that Kotsko puts into his posts. He constantly comes up with interesting topics to post on. Posts by Monica and Robinstein have helped The Weblog attain some form of desperately needed prose.

I used to click over to The Pickle right off the bat, because his posts are always written with writing in mind and I freaking love that. He has the ability to tell a story with an eye on literature at all times. You read his posts with your attention tuned high. Nabokov does the same thing. He forces your eye to hunt for his intent, which hides between double "ll's" and tall "TT's." I tried to tell Adam about Corta'zar's ability to do the same thing but he wasn't feeling it. Don't hate me playa hate the game. I can respect that, but if the Brother's K is bad he's gonna get it. I'm telling you Adam, Corta'zar is "tricks."

Then I usually click over to A House Falling In The Sea. I do this the same way you approach the Christmas tree in late November. You absolutely know that there won't be anything under it, but on that occasion that there is something, your mind begins to twist, as you gestate over the possibilities. I get the impression that Jared is a really great person. I feel that he always speaks honestly from how he feels, using his knowledge to genuinely help others. He has written about the problems of beginning. It seems that he spends a good lot of his time in deep thought. I wish that I knew him personally. When he finally begins to create, to really create, I truly believe that great things will come from him.

Other notables. I enjoy reading BreyLog a bunch as well as Pete Lit. I usually check The Philosophy Groupie and News to Use at the same time. I kinda confuse the two of them because their introduction happened at the same time. I check into The Sliver periodically, but I think there's a new writer there that sounds like a college friend or something. I haven't taken the time to figure out whats happening there but I should. I also check into Bianca's blog every so often. She started writing a couple of months ago and I think she has already surpassed my word total, so Kudos for that. Any crap, I wish Jared and Adam would get back into it. I miss 'em.



Dare Read-a Derrida Post

I watched that Derrida movie for the second time last night. There are a couple of things I am interested in that warrant further reading.

Firstly, there is a scene where he is telling the interviewer that this is all false. She says what do you mean? He says, well for instance, I do not get dressed up in the morning. I usually where my pajamas or my robe all day until I have to go out. He is wearing a button down shirt and dress pants.

Is this same quality inherent in writing and drawing? Derrida changes his daily routine because an audience will view it. Is the same true of writing? What would I be writing if no one were to read it? What would I be drawing if no one were to see it? I think it is impossible to know.

This may be the reason that Cy Twombly’s drawings interested me so much while I was in school. For a short time I was experimenting with this very thing and just last night, I felt it re-breaking the soil, and continuing the photosynthetic process in my mind. I used to put a pen in my hand and a large sketchbook under my pillow. I would begin writing just before I fell asleep. By morning it was difficult to remember anything that was written the night before. Often it was illegible. It closely resembled notes I took in Western Civ. mostly because they were taken in nearly the same circumstances. But, some good things did come out of it. The fact that there were things written that I had almost no memory of was fascinating.

The same ideology is behind the 500 drawings in one sitting task. Louise Bourgeois has a similar book entitled, "The Insomnia Drawings," but they're not nearly as good as the drawings my classmates and I made when we did the task. This idea of the audience and their inherent, or even innate effect on the painting or the writing has plagued me for a long time. I have problems keeping a sketchbook because of it.

The idea of a sketchbook should be to work out ideas visually. That means that there should be some losers in there. I cannot see the sketchbook as a separate entity. The sketchbook becomes a whole, a cohesive piece. I keep separate sketchbooks for separate types of drawings so that they match the rest of the drawings in the book. This is a direct result of an imaginary audience or, what I believe (at points) Derrida is referring to when he says "The Other."

But I wonder if it is a painting or writing if it is not going to be viewed by The Other. It seems that being seen by The Other is an inherent part of the two. Perhaps, if it is not to be seen by The Other it is an entirely different thing. I say that certain artists or people have made the biggest impact on my writing and my drawing. Tonight I believe that it is The Other that has had the biggest impact on my work. This statement should be true for all writing and painting.



Safari vs. Explorer

Picture 3, originally uploaded by Cap'n Pete.

Look at this crap. The one on the top is what Coney Island looks like through Safari. The one on the bottom is the same website just opened in Internet Explorer. I'm sure it's pretty similiar in Netscape Navigator. Who knows what Mozilla is, I'm just saying it's a little bit frustrating. Those two sites look nothing alike. Why won't everyone buy a Mac to accomodate me and read by three people blog.


Under Construction

It's nearly impossible to get anything to work in Internet Explorer and Safari. I should be back up and running by tomorrow.