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A good fellow not afraid of a ferret or a rat

Posted by Mick on January 5, 2010 – 10:00 pm

It’s been one of those days.

I’m having a really hard time writing this blog tonight.  Which is ironic, because this is one of those days when I need this blog.  I need to write.  I’m feeling more and more frustrated at my day job.  There’s nothing wrong with my day job (ok, there are many things wrong with my day job, but nothing that  bad), it’s just not what I want to be doing.

I’m having a hard time with deferred gratification.  I know what I want to do, and I want to be doing it now.  It doesn’t work that way, though.  I’ve got responsibilities I have to take care of (many of them the results of some bad decisions in the past, some of them results of the best decision I ever made), and I have a decent job that pays me an excellent wage that helps me take care of them.

But I want it now!

Let me give you a crash course in how NOT to make a change in your life.  Work all day feeling unfulfilled.  Come home and be depressed about how unfulfilled you feel.  Don’t write anything because you’re too depressed.  Repeat.

I’m not going to do it anymore.  So I need to write.  Everyday.  Even when I don’t feel like it.  That’s the only way to make change.

I caught myself trying to make an excuse today that I didn’t have a sponsor so I could get away with skipping a day.  It didn’t work.  I’m going to give myself a little credit for that.

And now I feel better.  Damn it.

Lovely art. Wonderful books. Deliciously weird.

Lovely art. Wonderful books. Deliciously weird.

I got an ass load of awesome yesterday!  A wonderful friend brought me 3 books.  To be fair, he brought me lots of other awesome too, but these need a special mention.  I now own beautifully bound copies of Rat Catching, Oak Mot, and Concrete Inspection.  Quick – how many of you already know what those are?

These wonderful tomes are the work of one Crispin Hellion Glover.  And they are works of art.  Glover finds rare old books that have fallen into the public domain.  Books with titles like “Studies in the art of Rat-Catching”.  He takes pages from the books, blanks out some words, changes others, adds his own text into the margins, and creates a very different story.  The story itself may not have a real narrative thread, or it may be a very skewed narrative thread.  In this case, the story isn’t necessarily the point.  It’s the telling.  The telling is everything.

In Rat Catching, for instance, every modification of the text is done in a style that comes off as a psychotic variation of medieval illumination.  Concrete Inspection has jet black pages, each page containing a single picture or a single line of text set off in a box of stark white.

They aren’t literature.  They’re works of art.

Glover includes readings and pictures from the books in his Big Slide Show, which he presents when he tours with his films, What Is It? and It is Fine, Everything is Fine!, so I’ve heard him read a good chunk of the books. I think it helps to read along with the book and catch the emphasis and inflections Crispin intended. It’s almost poetic.

And let’s be honest, I’m just a big Crispin Glover geek.  He’s an under appreciated genius.

I’ll stand by that.


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