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A quick round-up

Here are stories I found interesting and you might, too:

* Wall Street Journal piece on the chemicals in household cleaners.

* Showtime wisely passes on insulting, asinine L-Word spinoff.

* I feel sorry for this Graffiti Girl who’s facing serious hard time. Am I a sap?

* Kooky Cloris Leachman and Gene Hackman had “epic sex”? Weird.

* She’s gonna play Judy Garland?!

* Artist Justine Lai paints realist portraits of herself having sex with U.S. presidents.

* Wow, talk about old meets new: Modernist architect Frank Gehry has been picked to design an Eisenhower monument in D.C.

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Art Spiegelman speaks tonight in D.C.

Hallowed comic book writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman (Raw magazine, Maus, ) will be George Washington University here in D.C. tonight discussing “Comix 101.1,” whatever that is.

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Spiegelman’s speech begins at 7 p.m. in the Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building at GW, 805 21st St. NW. (Phone (202) 994-5206).

I want desperately to go, but as you regular readers (yes, all five of you) have probably surmised, I am wickedly busy. I’ve got actual work-related writing to do, I’m walking something like 700 neighborhood dogs, I’m tending to a post-surgery sweetie, and I’m preparing to move both of us into a much smaller apartment in two weeks. This is why, Facebook friends, I’ve been complaining about falling asleep every night at 10:30. My shit is tired. Or vitamin-deficient.

My new (old) Roz Chast book

Yesterday I found this old Roz Chast book of comics at the Cleveland Park branch library book sale for just 10 cents! 10 cents!

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Remember: Roz will be giving a talk about fellow New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams April 26 here in D.C. as part of the Smithsonian American Arts Museum’s “American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series.”

Who’s going? I’ll be there.

Cassette tape rock star art

In the most creative recycling I’ve seen in a long time, some talented artist on Flickr makes these amazing portraits of rock stars using only cassette tape. (Kids, if you don’t know what cassette tape is, it’s the thin, seamless black ribbon found inside of musical cassettes old folks like me used to buy).

Look at these portraits, they’re amazing:

Bob Dylan:

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Jimi Hendrix:

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Jim Morrison:

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Go to the Flickr site and see the rest. Bravo!

Susan Sontag’s ‘Reborn’ journals

I just finished reading Reborn: Journals and Notebook 1947-1963, a collection or personal writing by author-critical essayist Susan Sontag. It’s a fun and provocative read considering Sontag was just 17 when she started writing the journals.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Sontag and whose photographer Annie Liebovitz, who was Sontag’s companion for more than 10 years until Sontag’s death in 2004 (and has the tax woes to show for it).

Here is Sontag in a photo dated 1976 with her son David Rieff, who edited the journals.

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She looks unwashed and sexy, like a rock star. Interestingly, a recurring theme in Sontag’s youthful journals is her reminding herself to bathe every day. Like I said: total rock star.

She is missed.

Lucky D.C.: Free John Waters lecture

I almost don’t want to blog about this — come on, like anyone in this city reads this blog? — because I intend to get there early for the very best seat. But: indie film maker John Waters will be stopping by the Smithsonian’s American Arts Museum at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday to give a lil’ lecture on modernist painter Cy Twombly’s work “Letter of Resignation” (1967).

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The talk kicks off the museum’s joint series with the National Portrait Gallery called “American Pictures Distinguished Lecture Series,” which pairs great works of art with pre-eminent figures of contemporary American culture.

Other discussions in the series include:

April 11: Novelist Jamaica Kincaid discusses Edward Lamson Henry‘s painting “Kept In” (1889).

April 18: Scholar Harold Holzer discusses John Henry Brown’s portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1860).

And the other one I’m most ecstatic about:

April 26: Cartoonist Roz Chast discusses Charles Addams’s famously gruesome cartoon “Boiling Oil” (1946).

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Here’s more info.

Which lectures will/would you attend?

“I have everything I need”

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I’d like to thank whichever blog I lifted this pic from, but it was so long ago, I can’t recall. Anyway, good sentiments for these times (and all times).

Real quick pop culture round-up

New Bob Mould album, bio.

Jon Stewart wipes the floor with Jim Cramer.

“Do not ever DJ before calling!” should go in Twitter Hall of Fame.

Well, f*** me gently with a chain saw.

Boring Neko Case interview.

Longish New Yorker review of new Neko Case album.

Go veg, save the planet (again! How many times do we have to say it?)

Jack White + Alison Mosshart? Yes, please.

Sonic Youth + John Paul Jones = weird Merce Cunningham dance piece? Sign me up.

I’m reading Steve Martin’s “Born Standing Up”

Last night I started perusing Born Standing Up, Steve Martin‘s memoir of life as one of the most successful comedians of the 1970s.

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I’ve been wanting this book since it was published in late 2007 so I was excited to find a paperback copy for sale at my local library for just 50 cents. So far, it’s a great read with Steve writing in a decidedly sober tone about his childhood and his strained relationship with his father and how it affected his relationships later in life.

Are you a fan? He’s done so much: stand-up comedy, films, music, books. What’s your favorite Steve Martin moment?

Lady Day and her dog

I’ve been listening to a lot of blues lately and nobody sang the blues with more heart than Lady Day, the legendary Billie Holiday. I just found this photo of Billie and her boxer Mister.

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One doesn’t often find pictures of Billie smiling, but I guess the love of a good dog can make anyone happy.

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