This Summer In London

The Games of the XXX* Olympiad will not be in Chicago. They take place beginning Friday, July 27, 2012, and end Sunday, August 12, 2012.

You may not bring any of the following into the events: air horns or vuvuzelas; large hats or Frisbees; nor clothing with political statements, nor flags of countries not participating nor golf umbrellas. Nor may you carry “excessive” amounts of food.

Still up for fun? Wireless access points, such as 3G hubs, are also banned during the Games. Security won’t prevent you from carrying your smart phone to an event, but you won’t be permitted to use it as a connection point for other devices; that means no wireless transmission of images.

Oh, and one more thing: “large” cameras and lenses over 300 mm are not permitted; tripods and monopods are also banned. Enjoy the Games!

*Roman numerals for 30; it’s an all-ages affair.

Vive les differences

“In Germany the most important creative social status is given to the musician. In Italy it’s the painter. Who’s the most important creator in France? It’s the writer.”

“Books are living things. They need to be respected, to be loved. We are giving them many lives.”

These quotes come from, an article dealing with the state of bookstores in France versus electronic books’ portion of that market.

Who is/should be accorded “the most important creative social status” in the United States? Not that it need be only one, except for this little parlor game of perspective. Thirty years ago, Aaron Siskind commented in an aside somewhere that America no longer had a thriving high culture. I may have mentioned before that when American practicing artists were consulted on political matters for election-year articles, 1960 journalists went to the Robert Lowells, but by 1968 they were soliciting the opinions of the Jim Morrisons. This is a matter of public recognition factor.

Digression: Television talk shows originally operated with a more leisurely format (to the point, we’re told, of ending when the conversation was done, and that would even occasionally determine when it was time for the station to sign off), as opposed to the tight horse-race feeling parade of celebrity promotions we witness now. The spectrum of guests was wider as well: singers and authors who have no place in pop culture, such as Jan Peerce and Alexander King (look ’em up). Raconteurs, as well: the last time Buck Henry appeared with Letterman, he simply talked about his vacation, and he held the audience’s attention.

What holds your attention? We are all members of the populus, it’s true; what do you find is richer than pop culture?

We’ve Got Your Bach on the Street

This summer, when you’re downtown, go listen to Leyla I. Royale busking with her ‘cello at Michigan and Huron.


To paraphrase Thelonious, Let’s try this. 

A Photo Devoto (with a hoodie to prove it) has some equipment available. We’re a fan of the medium format, so here’s a little publicity that could result in a new owner who’ll put the stuff to good use.

Upfront disclaimer: the shutter needs work. Remedy: we know a guy.

In our estimation, medium format cameras are the best deals in the online… um… places.

If you’ve only shot 35mm film so far, you’ll be thrilled with 120. We’ll put you in contact with the seller; ask all the questions you can think of.

Happy Independence Day!

Pops thought/assumed that his birthday was on this day in 1900 (it made good copy); it turns out that he was thirteen months younger.

…annnnnd Mr. Ives:

“Dear Eva: Just Do.”

Sol LeWitt’s encouraging epistle to Eva Hesse in 1965. LeWitt was 36 at the time; Hesse was 28, and was to live for only six more years.