The internet is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same

“Four months after it became official, the demolition process is wrapping up at LACMA’s Miracle Mile campus.”
Demolition Nearly Finished for Controversial LACMA Revamp, by Steven Sharp, Urbanize, 24 September 2020

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“Zumthor is seventy-seven, and oversees a thriving boutique architecture practice, with three dozen employees and projects on three continents. Though he has never built in the United States, he is known throughout Europe as the creator of exquisitely stern structures with jewel-box proportions; in 2009, he won the Pritzker Prize. lacma belongs to a vast public—the ten million people of Los Angeles County—and sees a million visitors each year. It shares a park with the La Brea Tar Pits paleontological site, and occupies a position at the midway point between downtown and the coast. Because of the building’s prominence, scale, and cost—some six hundred and fifty million dollars—Zumthor’s lacma is poised to be the most significant architectural addition to Los Angeles since Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall opened, two decades ago.”
The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum, by Dana Goodyear, New Yorker, 05 October 2020

We. Are. So. Fucked. Also, if LACMA isn’t the largest encyclopedic museum west of the Mississippi, what is it?

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“Asked recently at a dinner party what he thought of the new building design, Frank Gehry simply draped a napkin over his head.”

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“The second is the demolition of the museum’s very mission. LACMA’s director, Michael Govan, has officiated over an aggressive proposal that will dismantle and relegate to storage collections that for decades have distinguished the museum and established its standing. Govan’s plan is at once grandiose and diminishing—and, above all, needless. The institution didn’t need fixing because it wasn’t fundamentally broken.”
The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture, by Joseph Giovannini, NYR, 02 October 2020

Govan’s plan makes it so that going to LACMA won’t be like going home (as it’s always been) and finding a few new items. It will be like going to whatever carnival has just blown into town. Why did this grifter get a hold of our beloved LACMA? Why did not one with power stop this? Also, is a museum the building or the collection? Seems America has gone swanky building mad, and needs to get some perspective.

So many great artchitects who not only understand LA and like it, and we got Zumthor. Oh were have we sinned? Oh why must we suffer?

Well, too bad about LACMA. Even the best of friends have got to part one day.

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“The book is the second graphic novel from McGovern after 2019’s Bloodlust and Bonnets (Andrews McMeel), recently shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Award. McGovern won fame and gained fans across the world as the creator of the popular Harry Potter webcomic parody My Life as a Background Slytherin, which helped her amass 400,000 social media followers and more than 2,000 Patreon subscribers.”
Picador buys ‘remarkable’ graphic novel from McGovern, by Mark Chandler, The Bookseller, 22 September 2020

Who says women aren’t funny. We’re a scream.

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“The artwork, titled ‘Talking Drums’ is by Ingrid Calame, who worked collaboratively to develop the artwork with William Watters and Jasmine Morgan of local non-profit organization The RightWay Foundation. The team created large scale rubbings of architecturally and culturally significant features in the area such as drums, handmade tile, and doorways. Calame then collaged the resulting images together against a multi-color gradient to act as a library of community features.”
“Talking Drums” artwork has been installed at future Leimert Park Station, by Maryam Hossienzadeh, The Source, 22 September 2020

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“A nearly-century-old men’s club in Lincoln Heights encourages its members to go sky diving and deep sea exploring. But admitting women? That’s still considered too risky.”
Ladies’ Night at the Adventurers’ Club, by Emma Starer Gross, theLAand, sometime in 2020?

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“Homelessness in Los Angeles and California pre-COVID-19 was as dire a matter as it was complex. Perhaps the worst possible thing that could happen to a population that lives close together, without access to sanitation, testing, masks, and other safety measures, has happened. If this assessment is grim and less than sunny, so be it. Right now, economy-first science-denying happy talk is getting people killed.”
Henry Rollins on the Future of L.A., by Henry Rollins, theLAand, 09 September 2020

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“The impending arrival of the Lucas Museum, as well as the development of a new master plan for Exposition Park, has prompted Los Angeles officials to begin considering new streetscape and bicycle infrastructure for the corridors which surround the more than 150-acre green space.”
Construction Continues for Lucas Museum in Exposition Park, by Steven Sharp, Urbanize, 22 September 2020

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Jumpstart, 15 October 2020

My God… we’re living in a giant terrarium that we keep fucking up. Gah!

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“Is Barry Goldwater spinning in his grave? Is Arizona turning blue in 2020? By every polling indication, the answer is yes. The latest ream of surveys coming out of the state show President Trump trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The FiveThirtyEight polling average of Arizona has shown Biden with a lead of anywhere from 4.5 to 5 percentage points during the month of September, and our forecast gives Biden a 65 percent chance1 of winning the state.”
Arizona Is The Democrats’ Purple Splotch In The Sunbelt, by Clare Malone, 538, 24 September 2020

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“Back in the early days of the coronavirus in the U.S., many economists believed that aggressive lockdowns would be the best long-term solution for managing the pandemic, despite the short-term economic pain they would cause. Six months later, we wanted to know: Did that logic hold up? And what political events could still be in store to alter the course of the country’s ongoing recovery from the current recession?”
Experts Think The Economy Would Be Stronger If COVID-19 Lockdowns Had Been More Aggressive, by Neil Paine, 538, 22 September 2020

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“NCAC and five co-signing organizations are strongly urging Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas to reinstate Alison Bechdel’s much-lauded graphic novel, Fun Home, to its reading list. Media reports suggest that the Nevada high school’s principal removed Fun Home from the tenth grade English honors reading list immediately upon receipt of a complaint, despite district policy mandating the formation of a review committee to address book challenges. Although Fun Home deals with mature themes, it has been appropriately assigned to mature sophomores at Palo Verde High under the guidance of trained educators. District regulations permit parents who object to the book to request that their children be assigned other works. However, a small group of parents, who might well represent only a tiny minority of parents in the school district, have been granted de facto veto power over the curriculum, without input from other stakeholders. That is precisely the outcome that the district’s regulations are designed to avoid.”
“Fun Home” Removed from Nevada High School, by National Coalition Against Censorship, September 2020

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“Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz (Faber & Faber)
“Deformations by Sasha Dugdale (Carcanet Press)
“Shine, Darling by Ella Frears (Offord Road Books)
“RENDANG by Will Harris (Granta Poetry)
“Love Minus Love by Wayne Holloway-Smith (Bloodaxe Books)
“How to Wash a Heart by Bhanu Kapil (Pavilion Poetry)
“Life Without Air by Daisy Lafarge (Granta Poetry)
“How the Hell Are You by Glyn Maxwell (Picador Poetry)
“Sometimes I Never Suffered by Shane McCrae (Corsair Poetry)
“The Martian’s Regress by JO Morgan (Cape Poetry)”
TS Eliot prize unveils ‘unsettling, captivating’ shortlist, by Alison Flood, The Guardian, 15 October 2020

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2020 at the Wapshott Press

“Past, present, and future on view in a wondrous machine. Everything everywhere in every universe. Better than YouTube, but can this device bring happiness to a young slacker looking for love and life’s meaning?”
Storylandia, Issue 32, Drunk on Time, by J. H. Malone

“Haunting and harrowing in its portrayal of supernatural creatures, “A Route Obscure and Lonely” explores the road less traveled by restless ghosts, sexually curious aliens, cunning vampires, transgressive angels, regretful mermaids, defiant witches, surly goddesses, mysterious phantoms, fearless fortune tellers, and “goth’s Mr. Goodbar” himself — — Edgar Allan Poe. The boroughs of the dead invite you to approach the gate guarding their abyss.”
Poetrylandia, Issue 2, A Route Obscure and Lonely, by LindaAnn LoSchiavo

Storylandia, Issue 33, short stories, by Jim McCullen, Jason Feingold, Alice Wickham, Chip Jett, and Arthur Davis

Poetrylandia, Issue 3, Fortune Written on Wet Grass, by Eileen “Mish” Murphy

“Nopalito, Texas—1965, 1985, 2005. An aging liquor store proprietor faces the confines of small-town life 5,000 miles from the one place that offered happiness. A young man evades attraction to his charismatic but erratic cousin. An elderly widower is beset by visits from the dead in the aftermath of a near-fatal heart attack. Albert, Dusty, Berndt—each one faces a wordless question: how to live with an impossibility that cannot be changed.”
Storylandia, Issue 34, The Distance Between Here
and Elsewhere: Three Stories
, by David Meischen

Poetrylandia, Issue 4, Trio, by Karla Huston, Ellaraine Lockie, and Connie Posgt

Finding the late Mrs. Taggart’s missing jewels had made Freddie Babington famous. People with problems began to come to him, hoping to engage his services as a private detective. Freddie expected his new career to involve thrilling cases such as restoring diamond necklaces to Duchesses and secret plans to government ministers, perhaps rescuing a kidnapped heiress or two. Most of his cases were more mundane–but every once in a while, a client with a truly strange and interesting problem came to his door.
Publishes in November 2020
Storylandia, Issue 35, Odd Goings-on at Ferndell Farm and other Stories, by Kathryn L. Ramage

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Reading:

Farewell my Lovely, by Raymond Chandler

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Watching:

“Waling Dead” S10
“Moneyball”

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Quotes:

My greatest trouble is getting the curtain up and down.
T.S. Eliot

Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature hates calculators.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is the incarnation of thought. The world is the mind precipitated.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.
Lily Tomlin

No cause justifies the deaths of innocent people.
Albert Camus

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