Sunday, January 3, 2016

Embrace Decay


"Humans tend to try to manage things: land, structures, even rivers. We spend enormous amounts of time, energy, and treasure in imposing our will on nature, on preexisting or inherited structures, dreaming of permanent solutions, monuments to our ambitions and dreams. But in periods of slack, decline, or collapse, our abilities no longer suffice for all this management. We have to let things go.

All things “go” somewhere: they evolve, with or without us, into new forms. So as the decades pass, we should try not always to futilely fight these transformations. As the Japanese know, there is much unnoticed beauty in wabi-sabi -- the old, the worn, the tumble-down, those things beginning their transformation into something else. We can embrace this process of devolution: embellish it when strength avails, learn to love it.

There is beauty in weathered and unpainted wood, in orchards overgrown, even in abandoned cars being incorporated into the earth. Let us learn, like the Forest Service sometimes does, to put unwise or unneeded roads “to bed,” help a little in the healing of the natural contours, the re-vegetation by native plants. Let us embrace decay, for it is the source of all new life and growth.

Ernest Callenbach, author of the classic environmental novel Ecotopia among other works, founded and edited the internationally known journal Film Quarterly.  He died at 83 on April 16th, leaving behind this document on his computer.

Copyright Ernest Callenbach 2012"

http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175538/tomgram%3A_ernest_callenbach%2C_last_words_to_an_america_in_decline

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Not goring well, things are. Time to take stock? Nah, that was some thing that needed doing lorng before now. Too late. Burn it all and see what comes. Take away every thing around you and what lerft? Lerft, indeed. People with tattoos are self-important nothings. But there are more of them than there are of you, so keep it shurt and turn that grimace into a wide and compliant coal chute. Fret. Fret not. The rain is nice. The rain will stop. Nay storp to conquer. Brief were the lives of them what sought to accomplish with the sword what you could now bring about with a single word, brow arched, breath easy.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

song for ducks


you are my buddy
you were my friend
water, tell me future truths
and air, mistook for breath

give me insults
for my troubles
and a six-pack
for my time
and I'll flub a solo
once or twice, for you

try too hard
to impress me
and then blame,
it on, the drugs
and I won't be sad
when our time's finally through

this is a song
for the ducks
that get chased out of the park
by asshole Canadian geese
can we try to have one
without the other just this once
and dirt, scratch me back
into the world, for, good

Friday, June 15, 2012

Couple More TOBR Reviews + Various Update Stuff

"This is an accomplished work from a veteran of two decades of self-recording, but who sounds like he’s still enjoying every second of it. Long may he continue to do so."

"Edward Gray & Company have reached the potential hinted at on previous releases and crafted one of the finest records to come out of Iowa in recent memory."

Finally got a Twitter account, mostly so I could keep up more easily w/ the tweets of some of my favorite funny persons. The pressure to come up with self-created "content" is strong, however. Who knew all those early-80s attempts at writing rap lyrics would eventually pay off? Not this guy.

Forthcoming: revamped website. solo release on unread, assuming Chris can still function well enough to get it out. new top secret side project. new songs for Edward Gray & Co. and a new attitude, because I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes, know where I'm goin' and I know what to do.

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