Friday, June 13, 2008

Note to M Night:

Dude, I love you, but:

nothing "happened."

Call me.
I have just the project for you.
You'll love it.

The Saviour

Friday the 13 2008

The Anti-Christs: The Olsen Twins

Monday, June 09, 2008

Obama by Mapplethorpe
Previously unseen.

Muchas cajas.

I mean, really.
As much of a pain-in-the-ass going through dozens of boxes really is,
especially when you run into the sub-boxes where you once attempted to categorize "everything,"
I still wonder how it is for the kids today,
even the group I have 20 years or so on.
Truth be told?
18 years old (30 years younger than me; coulda been my kid)
28 years old (20 years younger than me, still could've been my kid)
38 years old (10 years younger than me)

I was NEVER age-phobic when I was younger. Never.
Never thought I'd be 48, but that's another story.

But the view is, to say the least, interesting.
And thank God I have the negatives, contact sheets, work prints, finished prints,
and the hundreds of unseen rolls of film to help "place" those years.

Sure, I'm coping with the digital, but how the HELL do you file digital stuff?

Probably hire some 18 y/o to categorize everything.

There's a luxury (hiring someone, not the 18 y/o.)

Sunday, June 08, 2008

sin. tit.

Are we there yet?

Triple Portrait|3Brindles

Leads digitally removed, per client request.

I remembered how I felt when

I met Robert Sherman.
at at party.
at The National (I think).
On a Ssturday night (for sure).
in the CONSTANCE persona which,
that night,
included sequins in some surrealistic substitute for lines, curves, geometrics, lashes, brows: the head was mapped out.

And powdered.

I thought it was neat.

3 brindle greyhounds
Glitter, Gigi, &

And the heavens above
concluded thusly:

the eyes of Saint Lucy
the doubt of Saint Thomas
the madness of Saint Dymphna
the visions of Saint Clare

would equal one life.

The soul was shot down into the heaving chest with the simultaneous slam
of the defib.

his eyes stirred, his mind, cloudy, somehow registered
the flashing orange lights

"he's back," overshadowed the cadenic shouting,
and more than a few breaths were expired,
and, some, deeply filled at just that moment when their risk was highest
no one would ever know

He really did invent the internet!

Happy Birthday to Tim Berners-Lee!

Did I miss The Coop's birthday?

Services held for Waterbury Marine

Gov. M. Jodi Rell shakes hands with members of the Patriot Guard Riders as they wait for the funeral procession for Marine Cpl. Christian Cotner, 20, who died in Iraq on May 30, on Saturday outside of Riverside Cemetery in Waterbury. ©Josalee Thrift / Republican-American


WATERBURY -- The ashes of Marine Cpl. Christian S. Cotner were buried with full military honors Saturday during a graveside service in the historic Riverside Cemetery.

Christian Cotner, 20, died May 30 in a nonhostile incident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. The cause of his death is under investigation by the military.

Waterbury police escorted the procession of cars up the cemetery's hilly roads to Cotner's final resting place.

His ashes, placed in a wooden box, were transported in the back of a Casey-O'Donnell Family Funeral Home hearse followed by a stretch limousine. Inside the limo, were his parents, Karen and Graham Cotner, his brother, Eric, 21, and Eric's finance, Michelle Bibeau, 21.

More than 200 people including classmates from Wilby High School, a contingent of Marines from Plainville, state officials including Gov. M. Jodi Rell and members of the Marine Corps League of Waterbury stood in a circle around his grave, part of the First Congregational Church plot.

Marines fired a three-volley salute that is sounded during military funerals. In the distance, another Marine played taps in honor of the fallen, decorated soldier.

"We are here, all of you, Christian's parents and grandparents, his family and friends, to give him honor," said the Rev. Kenneth Frazier Jr., pastor of First Congregational. "We will not let you go without the honor due him for the way he lived."

The family and friends said Cotner, who was a member of Wilby ROTC, loved life. He was the boy who did not like car trips but lit up at the sight of steam engines in Essex. He loved to play video games, and recently sent his friends several hand-held video games from Iraq.

He was fearless of heights, loved to bungee jump, ride roller coasters, computers and flying remote-controlled airplanes.

Cotner enlisted in the Marines about two months after graduating from Wilby High in 2006. He was assigned to the Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Wing Support Group 17, 1st Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan. He arrived in Japan on April 12, 2007. A year later, he was promoted to the rank of corporal.

Since the war began in March 2003, more than 4,000 U.S. military personnel have died in Iraq.

A memorial service was held later Saturday at First Congregational, the family's church. Many people wore tropical shirts and leis.

"This is the party Christian would have wanted," said his mother, Karen Cotner who thanked everyone including the Marines for the send-off given her son.

Cotner maintained a circle of friends from their days at Kingsbury School, North End Middle School and Wilby High. When they learned of his death, the "crew" as they are known, showed support to the family daily and did chores around the house.

Members of the crew talked about their close friend at the church and told stories that brought laughter in the crowd.

Among the crew who spoke were Tyrell Davis, A.J. Pelletier and Dennis Wright.

"I thought Christian was a goofy kid growing up," Pelletier said. "When he told me he was enlisting in the Marines, I had my opinions. But the real reason is because I was scared of what might happen and not seeing him again. But I came to realize he believed in it, and did something meaningful with his life. Christian Cotner was not like you or I. He was not only a soldier but a brother, son and friend of all. He stood up for what he believed in and had more courage than many of us. I will never forget him."

Christian Cotner's brother, Eric, 21, said he and his brother had difference of opinions and likes when growing up.

"I like the Red Sox. He liked the Yankees. I went to college. He wanted to go in the Marines. I remember the day he said he wanted to be a Marine. Our whole family worried about what would happen to him. But when he graduated, I immediately realized he wanted to be the best. I will always love him and keep him close to my heart."

Michelle Bibeau said Christian Cotner would always be her No. 1 hero.