5.07.2010

The German lyric poet Holderlin once asked: "What are poets for in a destitute time?" It is the same anguished question the Stalker asks at the end of the film. "The time is destitute," says the philosopher Martin Heidegger, "because it lacks the unconcealedness of the nature of pain, death and love." Heidegger says that the poet is a person who refuses self-will - which turns objects and people into "merchandise", objects for commercial exchange - and instead ventures his being in the most human of qualities, language. There, paradoxically, he discovers his "destiny" by embracing his mortality: "what is presumed to be eternal merely conceals a suspended transiency, suspended in the void of a durationless now".

from Alison Croggon's theatre blog -- notes -- more soon

5.05.2010

Why are LA City's Barnsdall Art Park's programs $600K in the red every year?

Why should we fund THREE individuals in charge of hangin/displaying/mounting CHILDREN'S art from the classes?
MEIGHTH DAY

A Mayday celebration on the 8th of May two thousandth and ten.

Pentagonal Monochrome (tambourine) performance eventh by Scoli Acosta & Area Sneaks Los Angeles launch

With: Scoli Acosta, Area Sneaks, Ara Shirinyan, Aaron Kunin, Alexandro Segade (the Universal Separatist), Pearl Hsiung & Scott Martin, Anna Sew Hoy, Gabriela Jauregui, Brian Kim Stefans, Marcus Civin & Saehee Cho, Channing Hansen & Tina Marrin & more

Featuring: DJ Jan Tumlir

Including: the levitating of the Pentagon, peddling of wares, vinyl records, skeins of homespun yarn straight off the animal, ceramics, small press books, paper jewelry, dog balloon art, preserves and other foodstuffs

Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 6:00pm

NOTE: This event will not be held at the Poetic Research Bureau. It will be held at LA>< Art.

@ LA>< ART
2640 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

5.02.2010

reading Leslie Feinberg, transrevolution

she is minnie bruce pratt's partner -- I taught one of MBP's books at Antioch LA -- WALKING BACK UP DEPOT STREET

http://minniebruce.blogspot.com/

http://mbpdailydrafts.blogspot.com/

While it is easy to read, and I have no transgender experience, I find myself having a strangely vehement response to LF's writing on healthcare. For example, mixed-sexed hospital wards and transgender people:

1) I know I wouldn't want to share a "semi-private" room with a heterosexual, biological man. I don't think I would have such a problem with a transman, honestly, or even a transgender man.

2) For a variety of reasons, biological men and women have different dosage levels and medications, etc. for various illnesses. I am familiar with this more as a women's issue: studies have NOT been done to safeguard women's health, and men's anatomy has been treated as if it were the default/generic instead of women's. I think it would be very important for my healthcare provider -- even for a bullet wound or tonsilectomy or something -- to know some general anatomy & biology info. about me before treating me. Especially were I on hormone therapy.

Knowing how much things get messed up in hospitals, I can only imagine what would happen if I got the wrong dosages for something.

3) I can see that there might be some rage against transSEXUAL people in public health, especially if they must rely on emergency health care in place of regular medical coverage BECAUSE the private expense of reassignment surgery and maintenance has sapped savings that could go to more generalized care.

My "zemanta" is going nuts in the right column; I guess Foucault and prison trumps Les and hospital!