Sunday, May 30, 2010

My Fave Quotes: The Great Gatsby


"I began to like New York, the racy, adventurous feel of it at night, and the satisfaction that the constant flicker of men and women and machines gives to the restless eye. I liked to walk up Fifth Avenue and pick out romantic women from the crowd and imagine that in a few minutes I was going to enter into their lives, and no one would ever know or disapprove. Sometimes, in my mind, I followed them to their apartments on the corners of hidden streets, and they turned and smiled back at me before they faded through a door into warm darkness. At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others—poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner—young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of the night and life."
—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Remembering Kristen Pfaff (May 26, 1967 - June 16, 1994)


Recently discovered this great photo of Kristen via a very kind Hole fan in Italy who sent it to me. It's sweet how this shot conveys her joyful spirit — seems like almost all of the publicity shots for her work with Hole are kind of dark or sad. This image more accurately reflects my memory of her (though the time we spent together was in the late '80s and this picture is from the early '90s). She was so talented. She used to play these very melodic, incredibly beautiful little instrumental riffs for me on her bass (early on, in Minneapolis before she was playing in any bands). I have this vivid memory of a horrible, rainy New York City trip we took together — I remember breaking up with her at Dojo Restaurant on St. Mark's Place after a cockroach crawled out from under my napkin. The last time I saw her was after her last Hole gig at Slim's in November 1993. So sad, so sad.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Listen to Harvey on Harvey Milk Day



This coming weekend people all across California are celebrating the new State Holiday of May 22nd (Harvey Milk’s birthday). And people all across the country, from Alabama to Washington, are mobilizing around Harvey Milk Day as well. You can visit EqualityAcrossAmerica.org to find a rally or a celebration near you.

Or if you've got about seven minutes to spare right now you can take a listen to Harvey in his own words — in this little film I made called 575 Castro St.