Blues Ain’t Nothin’ But… Cinema


“Blues Before Sunrise” is Steve Cushing’s weekly all-night radio program with an archive so vast that tunes get replayed only about once every four years. The Jazz Record Mart hosts the annual Blues Before Sunrise Film Festival on Sunday, December 1 (that’s tomorrow) from noon until 6:30 or so, featuring owner Bob Koester’s 16mm collection. It’s at 27 East Illinois and it’s free.



Vivian Approacheth


The release date is now March 28. Here’s the trailer.

Robert “Bob” Cornelius, 1839 Selfier


A Philadelphia pharmacist beat Sir Paul by, oh, 125 years or so. The exposure was 50-60 times longer.

Alma’s Ubiquitous

This image is on display simultaneously at the Getty and at LACMA.


Coincidence? Think’st thou not? Who may judge?

W. o’ W.: Mark Steinmetz (examples included)



“It’s important to be cultivated. In my opinion, reading and considering great literature is the best way to do this, but there are many ways to deepen your understandings and your capacity to feel and notice. If you are cultivating yourself, the chances are greater that the work you end up doing will be worth doing as far as others are concerned. It’s best not to ask how your work will be received by the world or how it might boost your reputation. Just stay close to your own guidance and see what comes. Be authentic and natural – it sounds easy enough but it actually takes some discipline and courage.”



Declassified #2


Histo Fodo Recapitulation





There was work from Michael Arimond, Thomas Balsamo, Jade Bartlett, Nina Blinick, Ann Braden, Yessica Buenrostro, Lynn Bulgrin, Erin Calfa Weide, Rachel Canter, Christine Claypoole, Maria Creyts Ogedengbe, Aurelien D’Anglejan, Jessica Dietzen, Jeffrey Dionesotes, Amee Ellis, Amy Feit, Veronica Vergoth Falandino, Erin Fennell McCarthy, and Tim Fitzgerald.


Kyle Flubacker, Luke Fowler, Mark Freda, Greg Garre, Missy Gdula Booth, Matt Gillogly, Janet Garstka, Mike Grosspietsch, Kasia Gutkowska, Kate Haas, Rich Hacker, Suzanne Hader, Stephen Hamilton, Kristen Hanson, Alison Hargreaves, Stephani Hargreaves, Amanda Hein, Molly Hendrickson, Amanda Henry, and Lisa Hodges.



Katie Hovland, Vlad Ionescu, Tony Johansson, Kim Johnson Lange, Britt Jones, Christine Jung, Marina Karamanis, Eddie Kemper, Pete Kerns, Allison King, Jeff King, Teri Knecht, Jessen Koelling, Olivia Kottke, Carleigh Krug, Erika Kubick, Kristin Kuhn, Lisa Collins Kurtz, and Dana Lambert.



Stephanie Larson, Kathy Leedstrom, Susan Listhartke, Colleen Logue, Cody Lundmark, Kaitlin Lyngaas, Suzanne Mikosz Marki, Bob Masters, Aimee Mazzenga, Noel McCarthy, Matt McCune, Ian McDermott, Maureen McKenna, Susan McNamara, Catherine Mehringer, Paige Rogers Meagher, Jim Merriman, Joanna Metzler, Jason Mickey, and Jen Miely.



Kayla Mizanin, John Molitor, Vicky Molitor, J. Morton, Cheryl Murphy Brownell, Justin Murphy, Chad Nason, Kendall Nellis, Kate O’Hara, Laura Slack Pagel, Christine Paulus, Sharon Payne, Kara Pearson, Alyssa Pesavento, Jennifer Polachek, Kim Radosh, Margaret Rajic, Mike Reilly, Danielle Riendeau, and Michael Rizzo.



Belen Romero, Tom Root, Kathy Ruck, Rob Schuttler, Whitney Schwartz, Danielle Sepanik, Doug Seyfarth, Carrie Shabino, Steve Shanfeld, Kim Sheppard, Karlie Shields, Jamie Silver, Kelly Skibiski, Lisa Meinhard Sly, Clair Smith, Paige Spangler, Kelly Stachura, Samantha Stevens, Lauren Stromberg, and Mary Tasch Bosco.



Mallory Taub, Christina Taylor Bertinelli, Katie Thompson, Kathy Wallace, Erin Watersho, Eliza Lowry White, Rhonda Willis, Vanessa Ysais, Rachel Zimmerman.



Reception pictures courtesy of Evie, Kelly, Linda, and Lynn; more, by Susan McConnell, at


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Ph.D. Hoodies’ Hour Is Nigh


No, not that kind. This kind:


No to sound (write?) alarmist, but this may be the last opportunity ever to acquire a Photo Devoto hoodie. Contact D. at the school e-address. Mere hours remain.

Daily Rituals

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.” –Chuck Close

In Mason Currey’s wonderful new book “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” I looked for people whose day started as early as mine (I have found a way to arise reliably at 3:30). None’s quite did, but some came close.

Before 6:00 (as early as 4:00):

Anthony Trollope–5:30 at desk

Ernest Hemingway–5:30 (first light)

Haruki Murakami–4:00


Margaret Mead–5:00

Jonathan Edwards–4:00 or 5:00

Immanuel Kant–5:00

John Cheever–5:00


George Balanchine–before 6:00

Edith Sitwell–5:30-6:00


John Milton–4:00 (5:00 in winter)

Franz Liszt–4:00


N. C. Wyeth–5:00

Oliver Sacks–5:00

My own strategy has been this, from time to time: I doze off at 8:30 or so, then resurrect at 11:30 with an espresso. I can print with mental clarity from midnight to 2:00, accompanied by the all-night jazz radio show. The prints wash on a trickle until I re-resurrect (by 4:00) for the school day. When there’s a believable deadline, it works. For me.

UPDATE: Ms. Markoe has discovered on her own the benefits of the early hours:

W. o’ W.: Dick Cavett


This is for you. (You know who you are.)


“Depression is epidemic because it’s still so undiagnosed. And even my analyst made the mistake of saying to me — after I’d told him I wished he knew for a minute what my depression felt like — he said, ‘Oh, that’s all right, I was pretty low when my dad died.’ I sat up and said, ‘You think grief is even close to this?’ He apologized.”