L.A. Art Book Fair

On a last moment whirlwind trip to L.A. for my new gig, I saw the city in a new light (with sunglasses on of course). The L.A. Art Book Fair  organized by Printed Matter was quite a trip in itself. I got to soak it all in.  Cool people making cool stuff.

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The Thing Quarterly booth introducing our new John Baldessari issue!
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Here’s a brief history on Baldessari narrated by Tom Waits.

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The World of Arnold Lobel

The (wonderful) World of Arnold Lobel is on display at The Contemporary Jewish Museum now through March 23rd.  I grew up on his books, illustrations, his adventures portrayed by anthropomorphic characters, his world at the end of his pencil. Seeing his original drawings and peeking into his writing process was a much needed dose of inspiration. While I’ve always enjoyed the adventures of best friends Frog and Toad, my new favorite is The Ice Cream Cone Coot and Other Rare Birds featuring  part bird- part thing creatures such as the Gramophone Gullfinch.

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Fort Point- Hitchcock’s Vertigo

After walking to the Wave Organ, I started my decent into the fog towards Fort Point. I just started reading The Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock by François Truffaut which inspired my walk to one of the filming locations in Vertigo. The Hitchcockesque fog added an element of suspense as I walked through Crissy Field past the Marco Di Suvero steel structures to Fort Point. The fog was so thick, I couldn’t see the bridge, just a lone bay swimmer right where Jimmy Stewart saves Kim Novak  in Vertigo. The fog gently parted ways and the Golden Gate Bridge slowly emerged as I left. I stopped in the Warming Hut to get warm, read, and write in my journal. It was a magical day spent walking, seeing, and reflecting.
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Spiced Apple Butter

I came home with 12 lbs. of apples (a variety of pink ladies, granny smith, roma beauties, and fuji) that were, “cosmetically off.” Meaning they were fine apples but didn’t look perfect. I had intended on making apple butter so appearances didn’t matter. I’m still going through Canning For a New Generation’s seasonally recipes so that’s been my staple when canning + my own take on spice editions etc. Apple Butter is pretty labor intensive (especially when you don’t have an apple peeler/corer and a crock pot) but I enjoy the different steps which include using my food mill that doesn’t get pulled out very often. Here’s an online version of the recipe. Full disclosure: I pretty much ate a whole jar by the spoonful.

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Portland End of Summer Fun!

When in Portland, I tend to do the things I like to do in San Francisco (or anywhere for that matter).  I like to eat good food, drink good coffee, ride bikes, go to record/book/vintage stores, and drink good beer. That’s pretty much what we did along with stopping to smell the roses in the city of roses.

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Eggs Florentine with veggie sausages at the City State Diner.
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I found this 1950s New Directions copy of Paris Spleen at Powell’s Books! A prose poem inside is this blog’s namesake.
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Three friends went to Three Friends Coffee. Delicious bagels too!
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Our Surly bike gang.
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Broder Cafe has all the Scandinavian goodness.
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We went to Beermongers with a beermonger.
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Ladd’s Rose Circle is a great place to stop and smell some roses.

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Greetings From The City of Roses

Hello from Portland! I’ll be exploring the city and will report back. See you next week!

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Alvin Lustig Book Covers

While searching for a better copy (cover, font size, and paper weight) of The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, I discovered the brilliant book covers designs of Alvin Lustig. The book covers he designed for New Directions are modern and geographic with a sense of playfulness. Not to mention he designed covers for many of my favorite authors. If only I could get my hands on a New Directions copy of the Sheltering Sky with his cover design. I might have to settle for these postcards for now.

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Black Sparrow Press

I recently acquired another Black Sparrow Press book, Midnight Mass by Paul Bowles. Black Sparrow books are special in so many ways: paper texture, binding, cover design, and of course contents. The “full package” of a book.  Here are a few from my small collection in various states of being well-loved.
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The Cloud Collector’s Handbook

Wishing I had picked up The Cloud Collector’s Handbook at Green Apple Books this past weekend. The various types of clouds are chronicled quite nicely. It will be mine someday.

 

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Current Reading: Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy

I’m a big fan of this man, his words, and his music. So far I’m learning a bit more about his process, influences, and insight into why he evades interviews, in this 400 paged interview.

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