My drawing class is doing a stencil project so I posted some screen shots from Banksy’s film Exit Through the Gift Shop which show his stencil process. Good stuff
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“One humanitarian worker who visited the main hospital in Saint-Marc called it a “horror scene.”
“The courtyard was lined with patients hooked up to intravenous drips. It had just rained and there were people lying on the ground on soggy sheets, half-soaked with feces,” David Darg of the U.S.-based humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International, wrote in an account published on the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s AlertNet website.”
As I write this tropical storm Tomas is approaching the island.
This post was going to end with the suggestion to text HAITI to 90999 to give $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti, but apparently that campaign no longer is in effect. I was always so happy with that idea. It made it so easy to help. Why would they take it away? I couldn’t even find a way to give to Haiti on their site. I contacted them and the reply wasThank you for contacting the American Red Cross. Donors who wish to support relief and response efforts in Haiti should mail a check with “Haiti” in the memo line to:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013
Another option is the World Vision donation page which allows you give to a specific region, in this case Haiti, but you can even give to a specific need, like building supplies or food or child care. I just did a “Haiti Relief and Long Term Support”. Do it!World Vision Haiti Relief page
Article in yesterday’s NY Times about the reappearance of dogs (as pets) in China reminded me of the seventh sketch in Melville’s Encantadas.Sketch Seventh. Charles’s Isle and the Dog-King It’s the account of a guy who made himself ruler of Charles’s Island (of the Galapagos Islands) with a pack of vicious dogs as his army.
“At length the death penalty was tacitly abolished, owing to the timely thought that, were strict sportsman’s justice to be dispensed among such subjects, ere long the Nimrod King would have little or no remaining game to shoot. ”
“But no, the insurgents had confederated themselves into a democracy neither Grecian, Roman, nor American. Nay, it was no democracy at all, but a permanent riotocracy, which gloried in having no law but lawlessness. Great inducements being offered to deserters, their ranks were swelled by accessions of scamps from every ship which touched their shores.”
and of course passage where the unscrupulous inhabitants of the island try to trick a passing ship into landing a boat on their island is great:
“One warm night during my first visit to the group, our ship was floating along in languid stillness when someone on the forecastle shouted ‘Light ho!’ We looked and saw a beacon burning on some obscure land off the beam. Our third mate was not intimate with this part of the world. Going to the captain he said, ‘Sir, shall I put off in a boat? These must be shipwrecked men.’
The captain laughed rather grimly, as, shaking his fist towards the beacon, he rapped out an oath, and said, ‘No, no, you precious rascals, you don’t juggle one of my boats ashore this blessed night. You do well, you thieves — you do benevolently to hoist a light yonder as on a dangerous shoal. It tempts no wise man to pull off and see what’s the matter, but bids them steer small and keep off shore — that is Charles’s Island; brace up, Mr. Mate, and keep the light astern.’”
screen shot of some reviews from stumbleupon.com of the Bear and Fox lemonade stand comic. The irony of being compared to Garfield is pretty awesome.You can go add your own terrible review here:
Super stoked to see Cain Velasquez beat Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title in this past weekend’s UFC. He’s the first Mexican American to have the title. I love that in the post fight interview he was thanking everyone in his camp then he everyone looked out at the crowd and said “y todos los latinos, we did it!”
Isotope Comics is a wonderful comic book shop in San Francisco. You can find the new issue of Bear and Fox there! Ok, well it might not be so much that they’re actually carrying Bear and Fox per se, and more that I happened to be there last weekend and put a bunch of comics on the shelves. It’s extra funny because the new issue of Bear and Fox doesn’t have a price listed or even my name or the bear and fox website listed anywhere in it.
It is nearly impossible not to notice an air of resentment for the seminal online magazine when Christopher categorizes the “typical Pitchfork review” as caviling, focused more on superfluities and speculation about artist’s “commercial motives” than about the music they make.
On the other hand, Christopher’s reverence for Pitchfork is unmistakable; unmistakable in the breadth of knowledge he displays about it. And, when it’s not devoted to deriding the magazine, his review of a review shines, offering insight and understanding rarely found in reviews of reviews.
Like Pitchfork, often too harsh to that which it loves, so is Christopher – he loves Pitchfork – and he watches her ever so closely, and with the highest of expectations – expectations too high for him not to be forever let down.
-Joel Taylor, October 2010