VivTown, Population: 1

text, images, poetry, miscellany, marginalia

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bukowski’s Depression Cure

As far as I’m concerned, Charles Bukowski was a sexist drunk with a knack for words. He was that big loud mouth at the end of the bar trying to pick up women while weaving an entertaining beer-induced commentary on, well, everything. I admit it: Sometimes it’s f***ing great to listen to that guy! I understand and appreciate his cult status even while I’m wincing and slamming his books shut (and then peeking back inside).

But Bukowski is so right in this clip: Sometimes going to bed for three days is exactly what a human being needs.  How uncomfortable our culture is with indolence!

posted by viv at 9:23 am  

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sylvia Plath – (10/27/1932 – 2/11/1963)

Sylvia Plath’s birthday. Also on this day thirty-two years ago I left home and landed in Seattle with little money, my notebook, and no plan except to meet interesting people and write poetry.

In honor of Plath’s birthday and in honor of Seattle, a truly mycological wonderland, here’s her amazing poem called “Mushrooms,” written/published in 1959.


“Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes. We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot’s in the door.”

posted by viv at 8:50 am  

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Video Exercise: Breakfast. Yum.

Thanks to sendai77’s tenacity and amazing brain, many video production mysteries were solved during the making and publishing of this video.

This knowledge will now be applied to the video I have been tasked with creating for work.

Thus, my risk of failure has greatly diminished.


posted by viv at 12:46 pm  

Friday, October 21, 2011


posted by viv at 7:55 am  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Washboard Building in Fog

(Also known as the Federal Reserve Bank Building)

A foggy Boston day last week. The Summer Street bridge is in the foreground.

October 2011

posted by viv at 10:20 pm  

Powered by WordPress