Friday, November 07, 2008

Nothing More Important This Weekend Than Bambino's Birthday

We're heading out of town for a few days to get an early start on celebrating Bambino's 23rd (*ahem*) year on this earth.

Because I won't be able to moderate comments from where we're going, I'm opening them up for the time being. [I'll trust folks to be particularly polite this weekend and not make me regret that decision. ]

SEE you next week.

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A cutie-pie at any age!

11/07/2008 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see Obama's first press conference? I'm feeling better about the country's chances already.

11/07/2008 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric C said...

Happy Birthday Bambino!

If you accept good wishes from strangers that is.


Cheers,

Cedric C

11/08/2008 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger George said...

Happy Birthday Bambino!

11/08/2008 03:42:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

Personally, I think I'm falling in love with Sarah Palin. Now that she's safely back in Alaska, she'll have to govern on $60-a-barrel oil. She was treated very badly in all this, and she also behaved very badly herself. She's still the same old Sarah though:

“Now we kick in that fiscal conservativeness that needs to be engaged, and we progress this state with $57-a-barrel oil,” Ms. Palin said. She said the state would have to “be prudent with public dollars and provide services more efficiently than have ever been provided in the state of Alaska before.”

She's given back the Neiman Marcus clothes. She's back to jeans and cute little black shoes - "Sarah Palin's clothes" as she called them. And of course there's Trig. Trig needed his mom.

It may get dicey for her if Ted Stevens gets re-elected, though the senate will probably expel him if he does. Sarah's big lesson may just be that a national campaign for the presidency of the United States, is not like high school, even if Alaskan politics is. I hope she's got a good publicist and I think she should do some national tv. So cute.

11/08/2008 03:49:00 PM  
Blogger George said...

For Ed and the Bambino, It Still Felt Good the Morning After in Sunday's NY Times is a wonderful read.

11/08/2008 11:00:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

Bambino,
Happy Birthday. Hope you're having a wild time as befits an (ahem) 23-year-old.

David,
So Sarah Palin gave her clothes back. Back to whom? To where? Once the clothes get worn, the store won't take them. So wherever "back" is does not mean the cost of the clothes was refunded. It's a Repugnican issue, not mine, but her saying she "returned" the clothes is laughable.

BTW, thanks to Oriane Stender and Hrag Vartanian, campaigning in Iowa and Virginia, respectively, for their effort on behalf of Obama. Nice job!

11/09/2008 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Franklin said...

Happy Birthday Bambino! It's an easy one to remember because he shares it with Supergirl, whose mighty powers, unleashed last weekend upon the phone banks of New Hampshire from Obama headquarters in Manchester, single-handedly turned the state blue. (Okay, she had some help.) Have a great weekend!

11/09/2008 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous OK and said...

portraying subjectivity as mechanical process

11/09/2008 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Ahh 23, so Bambino likes older men? It's the wisdom. Happy birthday!

11/10/2008 03:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn Picasso said...

So, ed is leaving town w/ Babe Ruth?

11/10/2008 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn Picasso said...

So while Ed is away, I was wondering if anyone would like to consider the following. If we accept the premise that Obama's election clearly marks a shift in electoral politics, then can we also expect a seismic change in the art world? Specifically, has there been a paradigm shift in the position artists should take which differs from the Koons/Prince type of quoting popular culture w/o the personalizing of their statements? I'm getting the idea that things can't keep going on the way they are and we need some criticism that points the way beyond the narcissistic fascination with our capitalistic American culture.

11/11/2008 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, art must become relevant again, and not just illustrative of the desires of the rich and spoiled. Art went completely selfish for decades, not needed as we were fascinated by the games and illusion of film and computers. Games were all, of mind and body, sports now dominant as our cultural expression.

Art must go back to its original purpose, to explore our world and discover who we are, not the rich, but our civilization. This now includes all of the world, and needs to discover our joined passions, needs, and meaning.

The left abandonded the concept of god, except in spiritual centers to become lil godlings themselves, and the right wing took over this huge, basic, integral part of human existence. This must be rectified. And done in a serious way to slowly give substance to a joined striving, need, goals for mans continued evolution of mind, body and spirit.

Artists were seduced by the materialism of our age. And became soft and decadent. The strong must return, ask serious questions of ourselves, and the world. Constructive self criticism must return, as well as values and quality. Knowledge of ones craft, not flaky doctoral thesis being replayed ad nauseum.

Yes, there is much work to be done. Just do it.

11/11/2008 04:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn Picasso said...

So, what would constitute 'the strong'? Picasso often posed w/ masculine poses and worker's pants. Is that what u mean a kinda proletarian attitude? The Socialist Realism of the post Tatlin/Rodchenko was strong, but it just illustrated the party line. How would u realize your vision?

11/11/2008 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The strong of mind and spirit, and yes, body. One must be well rounded to be an artist, to use all that is available in all its incarnations. How can one comment on what one does not possess or understand? Ridicule of those who are better is the mark of children, and the art world, jealousy adn claiming new isights, when one is truly to lazy and lacking the ability to under.stand the norm.

The meek have inherited the earth, in both the arts, and business. And we are paying for it, but lack of insight and vigor. Decadence abounds.

11/11/2008 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger David said...

"Art must go back to its original purpose, to explore our world and discover who we are, not the rich, but our civilization. This now includes all of the world, and needs to discover our joined passions, needs, and meaning."

That's good anon. That's what I try to do.

As Rahm Emanuel said, don't waste this crisis. It's a time for making real art. For local art. For personal art. For craft. For skill. I said earlier on this blog, I think this election was about skill, don't you? I think in the final analysis those white working class men in Ohio, and West Virginia, and Indiana, I think they decided to go for the smart guy. McCain couldn't have been better in his role as the bumbling old guy. In retrospect it was all so obvious, and it's heartening that the country actually decided in their majority to go this way.

and Marilyn Picasso,

"I'm getting the idea that things can't keep going on the way they are and we need some criticism that points the way beyond the narcissistic fascination with our capitalistic American culture."

Amen. There's so much more to explore. Art really should be bigger than that shouldn't it?

11/11/2008 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Artists were seduced by the materialism of our age. And became soft and decadent. The strong must return, ask serious questions of ourselves, and the world. Constructive self criticism must return, as well as values and quality. Knowledge of ones craft, not flaky doctoral thesis being replayed ad nauseum. "

in the statement above is a call to the RETURN TO TRADITIONAL MATERIALISM -with the claim of fighting 'materialism'. 'Knowledge of ones craft' isn't the opposite of flaky, decadent doctoral thesis.

any emphasis on craft sucks!

Art, rogue that it is, must return nowhere but must be saved from the stranglehood of curatorial pompousities and cash-cow postgraduatequerie of pseudo-scientific pretense! Suddenly all artists are being asked to be little social scientists with thinned feeble arms and well-connected calculators running off social theses without any inkling of artistic honesty.

There are artists so blinded by their (curators') glamour, they'll wilt any beautiful idea to suit the masturbatory anemia of curators.

curators! now there's the real flaky flaky!


salut!

11/12/2008 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, dude, we live in a material world. As in that it is not money that is the root of all evil, but the love of it, its also the creation of values based on the collection of material things that is evil, not the very substance we are created of.

Get beyond HS polemics, there is no ethereal plane upon which to "express" oneself, its here and now in our world with other people, and finding usefulness in life. Purpose. Not some silly exhibitionist stunts. One must understand matter and how to manipulate it to bring out deep passions in others, you know, craftsmanship that must be learned first. Not for its own sake, which is showing off, as bad as exhibitionism, but the more one knows, the more one knows, and can be expressive with the substance. Damn chldren.

11/12/2008 10:36:00 PM  

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