i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
2:15 PM: spellbinding
october is one of my favoritest months! this is the time of year for the lovecraft festival, candy corn, the portland open studio tours, pumpkin picking and carving, and halloween (though i have never been a great costumer). rosh hoshana is about sweetness and forgiveness. we also celebrate the birthdays of confessor, leeann, philip, michael's father & my own (who even share the same birthday!). this year, there's also a special apple announcement wednesday, mirrormask opens friday and there's supposed to be a partial solar eclipse monday. the leaves fall and rustle, it rains moodily, the winter constellations are beginning to be visible at a reasonable hour. isn't october grand? :D
btw, sven had a great premiere this weekend at the lovecraft festival (the first thing shown, in fact!). now we can hardly wait another two years for the actual movie! patti smith was an interesting presence this year at the festival: she read some poetry, including one of her own songs (which was really quite riveting). she also read a fascinating series of 1-line reviews lovecraft wrote about ymcas across the nation, most of which used words like "delapidated," "horrible," and "dismal" -- until he got to portland, whose ymca was "immaculate, artistic" and another praiseworthy word i forget. if the festival wasn't recording the mike output onto tape, they should be kicking themselves, because she improvised a terrific song about coming to portland and the film festival which ended with "it's a great life." and wouldn't that be the coolest extra to include in a dvd? (btw, be sure to send her chocolate-covered yellow entemann's donuts, or offer them as a snack at the next festival, okay, guys?)
the russian house had an open house sunday, so we finally got a chance to see it; they have an apartment downstairs which would probably not make a great studio, and the strangest hidden office-in-a-closet, but it was still worth seeing. they have the best back yard in the area (which is apparently a divideable lot, which means someone could build -another- house there if they wanted. yeek).