28 February 2015


as I recalld the publication of the portfolio in honor of the library's dedication I rememberd something else. I also brought out a separate publication as a keepsake to be given away at the dedication. for that we used Gary Snyder's poem from the portfolio. there were a thousand copies & dealers are asking betwen $50 & $225 for that.

however I have a signd one. & I don't remember how many Snyder signd. the bibliography lists the broadside as item B63a but makes no reference to those he signd.

27 February 2015

Warhol ephemera

in my copy of The Life and Death of Andy Warhol:

a 1966 newspaper ad for when I saw the Exploding Plastic Inevitable in Cleveland

& a first day cover of the Warhol stamp

26 February 2015

25 February 2015

a director's actor

I met Dan O'Herlihy (1919-2005) in 1959 when producer Ross Hunter brought him to Cleveland for the premiere of "Imitation of Life."  last nite I saw him in one of his last films "The Dead." as I was watching I began thinking how many important directors he'd workd for during his long career.  so I lookd up his filmography & made this list:

Carol Reed
Orson Welles
Ben Hecht
Luis Bunuel
John Frankenheimer
Douglas Sirk
Tay Garnett
Sidney Lumet
Tom Gries
Sergey Bondarchuk
Blake Edwards
Paul Verhoeven
John Huston
David Lynch

24 February 2015

Restaurant Week

a fun way to try new places in town.

just back from Terra Cotta where I startd with portobello bisque which was smooth & flavorful. then pork schnitzle with potoatoes & red cabbage. dessert was sweet potato cheesecake with maple icing.

21 February 2015

the most amazing response

I've had to "Matchless" came in yesterday's mail from Mike Dyar.

he calls his piece "Fire Safe Under Polyurethane." it came in an envelope featuring a matchbook.  the mailing also included his own matchbook from a Japanese restaurant in San Francisco.

20 February 2015

today's hike

wasn't really a hike.  the group lunchd at Abiquiu Inn.  then we took visitors on a driving tour of area sites. here I am at Echo Amphitheater.

16 February 2015

today's task

reviewing files. tossing much.  but I have to save this sweet receipt -- both as a souvenir of a dead bookstore & simply to bring a smile to my weatherd face.

going thru my library

to cull more volumes to forward to Kent State.  here are a couple from the cinema section:

15 February 2015

"texture of winter"

John Buchanan discoverd slides he took of me at Headlands Beach in 1972 & just sent me the images.  here are 2:

& here's the film in which you see him taking them:

14 February 2015

"Hearts Transplantd"

for my 1997 valentine I printd a xerox edition of 46 copies of this (item A50 in my biblio).  text was taken from Alex in Movieland. each cover was an original collage.  here are a few I photographd before mailing:

13 February 2015

way back

this 1934 magazine cover is on the wall of Chloride Bank Cafe. of course it immediately reminded me of "Brokeback Mountain."

(after posting this I did a search & discoverd the painting is "Winter in New Mexico" by Tom Lea.)

12 February 2015

just back

from an overnite with my hiking buds.


Truth or Consequences


09 February 2015

Carmen Miranda (1909-1955)

for her 80th birthday I threw a party:

Henry Van Dyke

Michael Pierce & Tom Beckett

Bill Berger

08 February 2015

a rarity

this morning I opend Mom's cedar chest which is under the table on which my computer rests in the guest room. it's full of files documenting my writing life.  they will be going to my collection at Kent State in the coming weeks.

I haven't lookd at these files since I put them together some years ago.  I noticed one was bulging. I pulld it out to discover something I'd completely forgotten.

I did a little book of prints called Men Out of Their Underwear. there were only 3 copies: one sent to the dedicatee Michael Linder   mine & if I remember correctly   artist R. B. Sprague. I don't know if Roger's copy made it to Oklahoma with his collection after his death or went into the trash.  & I have no idea where Linder is.  so the copy I'm sending to Kent may be the only one to survive.

the piece was done in april of 1999 in response to an online site Linder had.  the collages were of porn stars: Gene Carrier   Lee Ryder & a blond whose name escapes me. with their images are momentos from my travels   such as a napkin from Buenos Aires & something from a trip on the Southwest Chief.

but the fascinating thing abt this strange effort of mine was the binding. the loose sheets in each of the 3 were laid into a casing made from my underwear.

my most famous underwear piece is Underwear in a Box. I guess I have what Rick Castro wd identitfy as a fetish abt underwear. this isn't the time to analyze that. but I must say I was delightd to encounter this piece & send if off to Kent with my blessing.

06 February 2015

02 February 2015

from my resorts

blooming cactus: Inn Exile (Palm Springs)

succulent: Alcazar (Fort Lauderdale)

stucco fragment: Blue Moon (Las Vegas)

matchbook: Parliament House (Orlando)

mug: Elysium Resort (Fort Lauderdale)

jockstrap: Canyon Club (Palm Springs)