I’ve been addicted to reading this book I found on the ground in Park Slope. It is called “Small Changes” by Marge Piercy.
I picked it up because apparently it is an ”explosive novel of women struggling to make their place in a man’s world.” But really I just needed a new book to read. (I was tired of borrowing Ben’s iPod just to listen to the same two albums over and over while I was riding the subway.)
The front cover of my copy is missing. And it just dawned on me this morning to look up the book online and see what the cover art looks like.
It is very interesting and sometimes infuriating. I’m finding myself relating to it a lot. (Personal reasons.) But then, I have always related to feminist texts. Most of them anyway.
One more reason I decided to start reading the book is because I used to own a copy of Piercy’s poetry book, “The Moon Is Always Female”.
I don’t remember the poems too well, but it was lent to me (and I never gave it back) by this girl I went on 2.5 dates with in college. I remember on our last date—the .5 one—I took her to go see Erase Errata because I love that band and they were in town.
About a quarter of the way through their set, she leans in closer to me and whispers, “I’m going to have to question your taste in music…”
Right. Whatever. End of date.
Well, Erase Errata is playing at Glasslands in Brooklyn this Sunday, and I’m definitely going. And I am going to have a good time.
The moon is always female, remember.
SELF PORTRAIT THURSDAY!
This isn’t an actual self portrait because my sister took this photo of me at Prospect Park today. But it is a portrait of myself, so I guess that counts, right?
I actually have had no time to do a self portrait today.
I guess I’ve gotten myself a little part-time gig walking dogs in Park Slope, so I was busy doing that all day. (I wanted something small that could get me out of the house more and that brought in a little extra cash during the summer.) Then I came home and my sister was here. And I’ve been busy entertaining all day.
It’s been a good day, though.
I’m just running on very little sleep today because I had a rough night’s sleep. (Had insomnia for a little while. And it sucks.) And I’ve been on the go.
But the weekend is here.
This is a good thing.
On Saturday afternoon Ben and I boarded the ferry to Governor’s Island to go check out our friend Lillian G.’s studio.
You can get on the ferry to Governor’s Island at the boarding dock at the end of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. I had no idea that’s what this was used for. I’ve sat on this dock before really late at night. Drunk. Feet dangling over the water underneath.
It is good to know what it is actually used for.
Anyway, if you’ve been paying attention to me for the past while, you’ll know that Lillian G. is one of my best friends, sometimes collaborator and sometimes bandmate. (You remember, our sometimes band Lazy Susan.) Sometimes.
I took some photos of her work.
She built this room—I’m talking hammers and nails and wood, people—and it’s like a big diorama. (I failed to take photos of the room unfortunately.)
Love that drawing.
It would be a good print for fabric. (Imagine a jacket with that print. A jacket that had a lining with that print would be really awesome, too. Pants. Shorts. Shirts. Ties. Etc.)
I’m always into Lillian’s work. Her artwork is always very hands-on and usually lo-fi and her attention to detail is obsessive and inspiring. Love it.
First of all, Joni Mitchell is wearing a maxi length dress in this performance of a song that I really love called “Both Sides Now”:
Women, do you like maxi length skirts/dresses? I am undecided. (Even if you have no opinion, just listen to the song because it is good and has been on my mind lately.)
Moving along, I was going through the many photos I’ve taken on my phone and realized I’ve got a breakdown of a few areas in NYC.
Currently seeking the strength within to brave the rain and go to the post office…
Wish me luck,
It’s a snowy day today in Brooklyn.
My first snow of the season since I was away in Texas during the blizzard.
(Flurries don’t count.)
Tomorrow morning we shoot the Take Off Your Clothes FW’11 collection. Super excited. We’ve been working on it for awhile now. Already mapping out SS’12, too.
Always move forward.
Other things I’m enjoying:
(NSFW? Not sure… Do naked fake people in suggestive positions count?)
Yesterday we had to go out to Bayside, Queens to run an errand. It’s nice and quiet out there, but I couldn’t live there.
Especially with all the sexy churches they have:
I can’t deal with suggestive signs like those.
I’m a Brooklyn kinda guy.
(Ben leans more towards Queens. Perhaps I’ll be broken one day, but not anytime soon.)
I feel like there’s so much to say, but I’m at a loss for words.
That’s usually how it goes for me.
The Take Off Your Clothes photo shoot went extremely well on Saturday morning, and I can’t wait to show you the results. Within the week, I think.
Some cool/weird eye candy pour toi: