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David Bromige, who died this month, translated Rilke’s famous “Autumn” poem into Californian :


(Rilke into Californian)

      Man, where'd the time go? Detroit?.
      But summer was really, really great.

      Stand that side of the sundial, will ya?
      I want to dig the shadows.

      Robert Duncan's freaking in the meadow.

      Those apples can't get a whole lot riper.
      Give em a couple more hot days.
      My friends who have the winery are already making the wine.

      It's getting chilly, nights. If you don't have a pad by now,
      Too bad. If you're not seeing someone
      You're likely stuck that way, they went back to school.

      Crack a book yourself. Write in Starbucks.
      Go walkabout downtown. [Time passes]. Hey, lookit
      the leaves, wind, etc. doing their thing. Rustle rustle.
      Contrast and compare yourself. Cool!

Here is the original German, plus three translations (mine included).

George E. Marsh, ‘Dust storm approaching Stratford, Texas’, April 1935


From the Avett Brother’s new album, presented for free by, “I and Love and You” available for free download.


Listen to more at their myspace page.

1. Feist

2. Neko Case

3. Regina Spektor :


You may listen to her new album “Far” at her myspace page.

“He was a young man, shrewd in his fervors, who knew there were books he wanted to read and others he absolutely had to own, the ones that gesture in special ways, that have a rareness of daring, a charge of heat that stains the air around them.”

-Don DeLillo

We’re deathly afraid of that stabbing word “pretentious,” the word that students use to curse each other’s ambition.  It’s a young person’s word, a shortcut-to-thinking word.

-Warren Ellis


from Kaylayestal

This is probably one of the most important webservices availble. RunPee is a site that tells you the best times to pee during a movie. They even provide printable summaries of the scenes you’ll miss while you go pee.

 “C’tait un Rendezvous” filmed in 1976 by French director Claude Lelouch: 

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