Seminal Image #18

Orpheus in Action #10

Orpheus and His Manager Contemplate Their Next Move

A Review of This Blog

you're blog is pretty crap
-- my friend Juan

Juan, by the way, has his own blog, The Blob Archives ( ), and I highly recommend it.

Artists in Action #9

I Think I'm Gonna Throw Up

Apparently Yasser Arafat just officially croaked, and the Cable news networks are doing their 'Breaking News' thing.

But from the way MSNBC is carrying on . . . with Joe Scarborough and that Nazi Pat Buchanan doing the coverage . . . you'd think it was Winston Churchill who died this evening.

This is what happens when fifth-rate Chief Executives like Bill Clinton confer legitimacy on wanton terrorists. They get treated like statesmen for all time thereafter.

Somethin' Strange

All day today . . . as though someone were throwing a switch in my skull, back and forth . . . I've had two pieces of music floating through my head: "Our Little Angel", the Elvis Costello recording, and Duke Ellington's composition "Cottontail" (the original; with Ben Webster's solo).

I can't help but think that if someone were to explain to me the link between these pieces it would go a long way toward unlocking the mysteries of my psyche.

Just a thought.

Orpheus in Action #7

Orpheus on a Park Bench

Great Junkies of the 20th Century #1

Chet Baker

Seminal Image #14

Alienated and Confused

Last night I was watching Keith Olbermann's hideous program on MSNBC and found out that three U.S. Congressmen . . . Gerald Nadler (New York), John Conyers (Michigan) and Robert Wechsler (Florida); all Democrats . . . were beginning to make dark rumblings of "widespread voter fraud" in Ohio and Florida; hinting that the election returns in those states may not reflect the actual votes cast last Tuesday. The minute I saw who was floating this proposition, I said to myself "Ugh. Those guys". Face Cards from 1998, I thought; three shopworn items from the Clinton Impeachment imbroglio. There was no way . . . no conscious way . . . I was about to take anything these hacks had to say seriously. But another part of me soon emerged from out of the shadows and started clinging to this as though it were a last slim reed of hope. Maybe there should be some sort of investigation; just to see if anything hinky did happen out there. What would it hurt? Without volition, I started believing that a dim light of salvation now existed that might yet deliver us all from another four years of George W. Bush's calamitous stewardship.

Eventually reason soon again took hold and I accepted the reality I'd known all along: that there wasn't going to be any last-minute Hail Mary pass that would usher this administration out for good; that these were just three Congressional fruitcakes trying desperately to stir the pot and get something up on its feet that was dead before they ever thought to breathe life into it. What could I have been thinking by even for a moment entertaining this crackbrained scheme of theirs?

I know what it is now and it's simple: I'm still bothered by this election, just as much as I was a week ago. If anything, I'm even more disturbed by our new Red Menace than I thought I could be. I don't like what's happening to this country; I feel alienated in a strange way by it all. Which is odd, since I don't belong to any of the groups the majority of voters in this country rejected last Tuesday with such stunning finality. I'm not Muslim, I'm not gay, I'm not African-American, I'm not even a Democrat (hell, I voted Republican in 1988, 1992 and 1996). I despised Bill Clinton's endlessly mendacious Presidency; thought him worse than even Richard Nixon (which is saying a lot). But this is something different. I can't stop thinking that very soon we'll be facing something we won't be able to turn away from.

And the worst part is, I don't even know what it is we'll be facing.

Seminal Image #13

A Portrait of Genius in Fearful Times

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Artists in Action #8

Orpheus in Action #6

Orpheus, on the Afternoon of His Great Leap Forward

A Story That Speaks for Itself

The following is from Reuters News Service:

Americans flock to Canada's immigration Web site
By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The number of U.S. citizens visiting Canada's main immigration Web site has shot up six-fold as Americans flirt with the idea of abandoning their homeland after President George W. Bush's election win this week.

"When we looked at the first day after the election, November 3, our Web site hit a new high, almost double the previous record high," immigration ministry spokeswoman Maria Iadinardi said on Friday.

On an average day some 20,000 people in the United States log onto the Web site, -- a figure which rocketed to 115,016 on Wednesday. The number of U.S. visits settled down to 65,803 on Thursday, still well above the norm.

Bush's victory sparked speculation that disconsolate Democrats and others might decide to start a new life in Canada, a land that tilts more to the left than the United States.

Would-be immigrants to Canada can apply to become permanent resident, a process that often takes a year. The other main way to move north on a long-term basis is to find a job, which requires a work permit.

But please spare the sob stories.

Asked whether an applicant would be looked upon more sympathetically if they claimed to be a sad Democrat seeking to escape four more years of Bush, Iadinardi replied: "There would be no weight given to statements of feelings."

Canada is one of the few major nations with an large-scale immigration policy. Ottawa is seeking to attract between 220,000 and 240,000 newcomers next year.

"Let's face it, we have a population of a little over 32 million and we definitely need permanent residents to come to Canada," said Iadinardi. "If we could meet (the 2005) target and go above it, the more the merrier."

But right now it is too early to say whether the increased interest will result in more applications.

"There is no unusual activity occurring at our visa missions (in the United States). Having someone who intends to come to Canada is not the same as someone actually putting in an application," said Iadinardi.

"We'll only find out whether there has been an increase in applications in six months."
The waiting time to become a citizen is shorter for people married to Canadians, which prompted the birth of a satirical Web site called

The idea of increased immigration by unhappy Americans is triggering some amusement in Canada. Commentator Thane Burnett of the Ottawa Sun newspaper wrote a tongue-in-cheek guide to would-be new citizens on Friday.

"As Canadians, you'll have to learn to embrace and use all the products and culture of Americans, while bad-mouthing their way of life," he said.

Artists in Action #7

It's Gotten Very Dark, All of a Sudden. Very Dark.

Breughel said it all

And Now It's Over

John Kerry just conceded the election about 45 minutes ago and now . . . the man we're all stuck with for the next four, very long years is giving his victory speech.

Think of the madness he'll unleash in the name of Homeland Security and the War on Terrorism now that the Damocles Sword of re-election has been removed. Can we even imagine it?

"I'm proud to lead such an amazing country", he says.

I'm sure he is.

"Amazing", yeah.

A Portrait of Genius in Less Fearful Times

The Wolverine Orchestra, 1924

America in a Corner

Can anything save us?

It's Not Over Yet, Is It.

Okay . . . granted that, as of this writing, it doesn't look good for those (like me) who voted for John Kerry yesterday, but it looks as though the campaign is going to dig its heels in on the numbers out of Ohio. Maybe there's enough provisional ballots out there for them to eke out a victory (I'm not saying it's likely, mind you), or maybe they're just gonna buy themselves another day before they have to acknowledge the worst. I don't know.

All I know is, the more I think of another four years of George W. Bush (and this insane war in Iraq . . . for starters), the more dread gathers in the pit of my stomach.

So whatever the Kerry campaign thinks they need to do to stave off defeat, they must do.

Orpheus in Action #2

Orpheus Gets an Award

Seminal Image #9

Tom Wolfe Speaks. Yes!

A week or so from the official publication of his new novel, "I Am Charlotte Simmons", one of America's greatest writers gives an accounting of himself in the following interview:,13918,1340525,00.html