Tuesday, February 24, 2009

efficiency is all I seek



Title: Motion Study: A method for increasing the efficiency of the workman
Author: Frank B. Gilbreth
Date of creation: 2009
Date of publication: 1911
Dimensions (in): 8x5.5x.75
Description: "Motion Study": full vellum binding (three-piece structure); title stamped in gold on front board. Illustrations on rear board and spine stamped in gold; culled from the writings of Frank Gilbreth and Frederick Taylor, pioneers in the field of efficiency studies as applied to hand work. The papers used for the endpapers and lining underneath the vellum are composed of compiled images from the Gilbreth and Taylor studies, with the images varying across the book. The papers lining the vellum were dyed in shades of blue and green; the edges of the textblock are dyed dark green, with green leather endbands.

Proust still in process; lacked the final aesthetic synthesis sought.

reading airline itineraries
weather sunny with a chance of spring

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

a boy in a plaid woolrich shirt

Bottle caps from parking lots behind convenience stores, bottle caps from schoolyards, bottle caps saved from bars, both significant evenings and those of a more mundane tone. Bottle caps presented as gifts from childhood friends, from great aunts, from second cousins twice removed, from trips abroad to Russia, to Budapest, to Mexico, to Canada, from lonely all-night road trips across the desolate wastelands of Kansas cornfields, from UFO sighting weekends in Utah, from commemorative speeches at fairs and from marketing launches for the next great thing.
Bottle caps rusty and shiny, bottle caps flattened by forces beyond sustainability, bottle caps standing pristine in their shape, each ridge a miracle of machined regularity. Bottle caps in hues of blues, reds, silvers, yellows; fewer greens, fewer purples, fewer pinks. Logos and symbols and trademarks and insignia flashing against the sunlight drifting across the room.



reading
Trying to find the first orchid sequence in Swann in Love. Must learn time management.

weather
a dusting of late winter snow

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Notes on Declining a Proposal


No, "I've become a Moonie."
No, "I'm being held hostage in Singapore."
No, "I've been auctioned as a white slave and am being held against my will on a Chinese junk."
No, "I decided to sail around the world."
No, "There was a last minute opening for an artist's residency in Chicago."
No, "I've been suffering from trauma induced amnesia following a fall while horseback riding."

reading
Back to Henry Hitchings, his new release "How English Became English;" a splendid book.
Alas, Invention of Air was a fascinating topic rendered in the most tedious prose possible.

weather
the great thaw following the February full snow moon

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

la semana

There was a sharp and pointed argument between the Wednesday faction and the Thurgood faction, and it had escalated to kamikaze Barbies being launched from a catapult in the attic against GI Joe figures scattered like land mines over the stairs and in the doll house. Before the matchbox cars and sea monkeys could become involved, the front door opened.
The sharp click of heels on the entry way could only indicate the arrival of grandmother, who took one look at the dog sleeping by the radiator, and called out crisply: "Faraday, come."

To everyone's surprise, he smartly pranced across the room and sat neatly at her feet. The grandmother reached down, scratched him behind the ears, then rose to remove her coat and gloves. Faraday returned to his post in the living room by the radiator as she entered the kitchen, intent on making a cup of tea and finding out why, exactly, there was a new dog in the living room, and where it had come from, and who was claiming responsibility.



reading The Invention of Air | the author had a splendidly convincing interview on NPR

weather messy and unnecessary and character building perhaps