Archive for January, 2014

Woody Allen

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Although he’s not my favorite director he has easily made more movies I like than any other two directors. And The Purple Rose of Cairo is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. It’s up there with Twister.

Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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I’m doing a series of ‘Lil Portraits of some (kind of) famous people. Who knows… maybe you would like to buy one? They’re tiny. Roughly 3.5″ x 3.5″ on bristol board but I’d be happy to vary the size based on your needs. I’ll do any person you want (even John Wayne Gacy or Bono) and mail it to you for a reasonable price. Contact me and we can work out the details.

The first Leonard Cohen song I ever heard was Everybody Knows. It was in the film Pump Up The Volume which I saw when I was probably about twelve years old. Even though I loved that song for some reason I never bought any of his albums until years later when I saw another film featuring his music… Natural Born Killers.

There were two or three of his songs in that film and they were all fantastic. I went out and bought a best of Leonard Cohen cd which held me over for quite some time.

Then just a couple of years ago I found a used copy of his Live In London double album and decided to pick it up. Without a doubt it has become one of my all time favorite cds and I listen to it all the time while I draw. His voice… his lyrics… his music… he’s one of the best.

If I’m one tenth as awesome when I’m 79 I’ll be happy.

Prince

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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I’m doing a series of ‘Lil Portraits of some (kind of) famous people. Who knows… maybe you would like to buy one? They’re tiny. Roughly 3.5″ x 3.5″ on bristol board but I’d be happy to vary the size based on your needs. I’ll do any person you want (even Heinrich Himmler or Kayne West) and mail it to you for a reasonable price. Contact me and we can work out the details.

Man I love Prince. Purple Rain might be my favorite album of all time. And I’ve never thought of myself as bisexual but I’m comfortable telling you that I’d make out with Prince all night long if given the chance.

If you’re a fan of amazing guitar solos check out this video.

Bukowski

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

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I’m doing a series of ‘Lil Portraits of some (kind of) famous people. Who knows… maybe you would like to buy one? They’re tiny. Roughly 3.5″ x 3.5″ on bristol board but I’d be happy to vary the size based on your needs. I’ll do any person you want (even Daniel Tosh or Rafael Trujillo) and mail it to you for a reasonable price. Contact me and we can work out the details.
What can I say about Charles Bukowski? Either you love him or you hate him. I’ve never met anyone with an opinion of his writing that lies in between.

But regardless of whether you like his stuff his story is pretty inspiring. I mean he didn’t start writing poems until he was in his mid thirties and for the next forty years he wrote thousands of them. He also wrote tons of short stories and a hand full of novels.

Just goes to show you it’s never too late to get started.

Now go pour yourself a drink.

William S. Burroughs

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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I’m doing a series of ‘Lil Portraits of some (kind of) famous people. Who knows… maybe you would like to buy one? They’re tiny. Roughly 3.5″ x 3.5″ on bristol board but I’d be happy to vary the size based on your needs. I’ll do any person you want (even Glenn Beck or Jay Leno) and mail it to you for a reasonable price. Contact me and we can work out the details.

When I was in high school I saw the film adaptation of Naked Lunch and decided to check out the novel it was based on. I found it unreadable and gave up but something about William Burroughs seemed very compelling to me so I ended up reading one of his earlier books, Junky, and thought it was fantastic. It’s just a straight up account of his experiences as a drug addict and is written in a frank style that is actually readable.

After finishing that I picked up Ted Morgan’s biography Literary Outlaw which I also found to be fantastic. I came to the conclusion that I like reading about William Burroughs much better than I like his experimental novels.

He’s just such an interesting character. Over the years I’ve seen Drugstore Cowboy dozens of times and his brief screen time in that film is mesmerizing to me. I think it’s his voice. I could listen to him read most anything… except of course his novels.