Jan 9, 2014
commented on Sound Check
He's a pretty shy guy; that was a great interview you pulled out of him. He's been a hero of mine since he lived upstairs from me twenty years ago --- and before that as well.
Oct 28, 2013
commented on Gravity, An Action Movie With Nothing Ejaculatory, Everything Umbilical
@12 Oh my god, I take back every snarky thought I've ever had about your work ( which such thoughts have been few and far between, to be honest...) Anyway, I take it all back after that response. And I will now commence to use muchliness as often a I appropriately may.
And that film is so about birth. Me and the ladies in my household were uniformly exhausted afterwards. Actually, only one of us had ever given birth --- and, strangely, it was hardest on her. Best not think too much about it all.
Sep 28, 2013
commented on Nardwuar: Our Man in Canada
That was a most excellent exchange! Is Nardwuar familiar with Clark Humphrey's excellent history of NW rock, 'Loser?' Those two should meet, if you ask me. It would be the greatest conversation of all time!
Feb 16, 2013
commented on Charles Krafft Is a White
Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth
I'm tending to strongly agree with #162 here. I too have known Charlie for many years; I've had him to my home and I will continue to extend that invitation. I made up my mind about Charles long ago, when he calmly described abandoning his wife and son to enter that vaunted LaConner-hippie phase of his life. Such a choice was and remains anathema to me, but I saw then that this was truly a student of Buddhism, merely filtered through a distinctly Nietzchian prism; I felt that I could either judge him, or embrace and hope to understand --- or at least contextualize --- him. I chose the latter, and I'm happy I did, because he is a complex man, and so few really are. He has a different relationship to history than people who are principally unconcerned with posterity, as Charles very passionately (in his curious, dispassionate fashion) is. I know he enjoys all this, which is as satisfying as it is perverse.
A short anecdote: Charlie and I sat in the living room of some well-known collectors who, incidentally, have a version of the Hitler-teapot pictured in this article sitting on a mantle; he casually mentioned that he was thinking about building a to-scale version of a gas-chamber out of Torahs. We laughed and laughed and laughed. Afterwards, I was -- as I remain --- deeply ambivalent about this episode.
Jan 18, 2013
commented on Don't Feed the Homeless Where the Homeless Are
Courthouse park is hardly the 'epicenter' of Seattle's homeless population, as romantic as it sounds; church groups, decent a their intentions may be, work parallel --- and definitely not in tandem --- with social services in this area, often displaying a good deal of confusion as to what kinds of engagement is most needed. Bag lunches and hot dogs are nice, but starvation is not an urgent concern for the overwhelming majority of homeless in our city; housing is. Ask how the pious vote.