10.29.2008

There is some debate about the simple and obvious translation of "elpis" as "hope". Some scholars argue that is really should be translated as "expectation" since the root word is from "suppose". And in this context it is argued that what was left in the jar was not Hope as we know it, but the "expectation of ills" so that Man would be unpleasently surprised by ills that befell him instead of expecting them.
It is a job I remember having when I was a much littler kid than having jobs -- so I must've been less than twelve -- and I know I was hired, remember being hired, for my parents' oversight, but: before you are a babysitter, you are a vacation pet and house watcher, no? Come over, here's how you turn on and off the security, feed kitten, water needyplant, see if everything's ok?

Or maybe my career was launched when the Taylors went away -- it was summer (it wasn't one of the winter ski vacations we never took) -- and I was to feed the cats, and one day I fed the cats and I heard something weird, and the cats were odd, and for some reason I went to the basement, which I found was four feet deep in water and water was spurting out of pipes.

and after that, people said 75 cents an hour!!! all right!!!

At all the rest of the neighborhood parties that year, they made me out as a big hero, and without telling Lindy and Jenny (maybe), they gave me -- I dunno, at least 20 dollars. Of course, I called them (who called plumbers), ran home, called my parents, who called plumbers and them.

10.28.2008

Come join us for the LAUNCH of Mommy Mommy! on Halloween night,
dressed as your favorite mommy!

MOMMY MOMMY: SHE'S HERE!

Featuring writers: Robin Coste Lewis, Vincent Dachy, Alex Forman, and
Vanessa Place

Friday, October 31, 2008


$5 - $20 sliding scale. Donate a folding chair for free entry.

Doors 7:30pm | Reading starts at 8:00pm

compactspace 105 East 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90016


Mommy, Mommy! is a literary art event where feminists and their friends
enjoy stimulating word-centered performances. The writing is beautiful,
intelligent, and strange, and so are the performers. Mommy Mommy! features
writers and other artists whose work, like the great fantastical and
fabricated mommy, scolds, abandons, soothes, and triggers. Mommy, Mommy!
fills the hole in your soul with the milk of the shamefully sexy unknown.

http://mommymommyreadingseries.blogspot.com/

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, through a grant they received
from the James Irvine Foundation.
jack - fm is a computer-programmed rdio station in most major markets (here in la, we have two, running a few minutes behind one another, depending wher eyou are driving), trying to make a virtue of their no requests policy (requests never reflect the desires of listeners, but then, neither do the polls and surveys computer (radio) programmers rely upon)

have a slogan on buses around here that reads something like

why do we need disk jockeys
if there are no horses

I revise to

if there are no discourses

Here's a quote through from a review of a female-american-poets poetry anthology (hogue-frost's)

For example, Judith Butler, in her most recent collection of essays, Undoing Gender, writes: “fantasy is part of the articulation of the possible; it moves us beyond what is merely actual and present into a realm of possibility, the not yet actualized or the not actualizable.”

just wondering what the difference in definition between possible and actualizable might be... just typing it makes it seem obvious that "actualize" is a very contemporary word meaning "make actual" in a therapy/new age spea way, while "possible" seems more like potential?

and dictionary.com sez...

making exist in act or fact (the ACT/ION part being the important part)
vs.
to make what may or can be, exist, happen, be done, be used

so -- butler exploiting the variance between making exist what is made to exist by action vs. making exit what may or may not be made to exist?

or

making exist in f/act vs. making exist, happen, using, doing?