December 25, 2005

RETURN OF THE BEAUTIFULL STRANGER

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Paranormal Photography by Catherine King, December 25, 2005. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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December 24, 2005

THE BELLRINGERS

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Nature Photography by Catherine King. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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RINGING IN A NEW DAY

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Nature Photography by Jerome du Bois. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

A few minutes after I took this photo of The Bellwether, Catherine captured the wild little flock. See the very next posting.

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December 22, 2005

NIGHTFALL

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Digital Photography by Catherine King. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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December 21, 2005

ONE TREE IN THE LONGEST NIGHT

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PLUS:

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NOW YOU SEE IT.

AND NOW YOU DON'T.

#2 in the series The Ghosts of B*df*rd F*lls. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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WELL . . . BYE

Well --- Bye.

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December 17, 2005

BELLWETHER

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New Series: The Wild Parrots of B*df*rd F*lls.
Nature Photography by Catherine King. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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December 16, 2005

STRANGERS NO MORE

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Strangers No More. Nature Photography by Catherine King, December 16, 2005. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

And here is love
like a tinsmith's scoop
sunk past its gleam
in the meal-bin.

--Seamus Heaney, "Mossbawn"

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December 15, 2005

The Handsome Stranger

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The Handsome Stranger. Nature Photography by Catherine King, December 15, 2005. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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Oscar Wilde's Curative Couplet

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Oscar Wilde's Curative Couplet. Digital Net Word Art by Jerome du Bois, 2005. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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December 12, 2005

TREE WITH AND WITHOUT SPIRITS

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These digital photos were taken five seconds apart on December 12, 2005, in the early evening. (Photography by Jerome du Bois. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.)

Introducing The Ghosts Of B*df*rd F*lls.

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December 11, 2005

JAMES 3

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James 3. Digital Net Word Art / Concrete Poem by Jerome du Bois, 2005. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET, V.2

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Fashion Art Photography by Jerome du Bois. Styling and Accessories by Catherine King. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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EVERYVERBEVERREVERBERATES

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Digital Net Word Art by Jerome du Bois, 2001/2005. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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December 09, 2005

Artlink Continues To Fall Apart

by Jerome du Bois

We're outsiders. We don't go to First Fridays or other openings, we don't schmooze with any of the art people in this town; too many enemies. We don't know what motivates these people, or their supporters; we just report on what emerges in public, in their statements and behavior, and their events.

We didn't review the 9th Annual Artlink Juried Art Exhibition because we had decided we were going to ignore Artlink from now on, and not say another word about them. We also decided not to announce that fact. So we posted the photos and left.

Then some jerk put his doggerel about us up on the Artlink Forum, so we had to respond. (I predict that thread will be taken down by the end of the weekend, when the webmaster realizes once again that he can't afford to host the slanderers, skanks, and liars that collect like filthy flies around such rotten logorrhea.)

Now we have received an email from one of the artists in the exhibition, Alexander Scott Hughes. It is one of the most civilized emails I've ever received. Refreshing. (I've reprinted the whole thing after the jump.) He chides us --correctly-- for lumping all the art together as "crappy." I acknowledge that; we were just sick to death of Artlink, every member of the board, and everything it stood for. We figured pictures tell thousands of words, as well. Let people judge for themselves.

But Mr. Hughes was at the opening, and he tells us about it. First, though, read this part of the announcement about the exhibition, published on the Artlink website:

Artlink is sponsoring an Opening Reception during Artlink's First Friday on December 2nd from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Artlink First Friday shuttle Buses will be stopping at City Hall that evening between 6:00 and 10:00 PM. This year's prestigious panel of jurors included: Carolyn Robbins, curator of Education; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; John Spiak, Curatorial Specialist; Arizona State University; and Terry Ward, Midday Host; KJZZ. Recipients of the Juror's Awards ($100.00 per Juror) will be announced at the Opening Reception.

Now, read Mr. Hughes's experience of that night:

I am one of the artists that exhibited work at Artlinks 9th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. My work is solid and from the soul. I do not condone how Artlink has handled this exhibition. The works feel as if they were haphazardly hung, the lighting was poor, and the public was uninformed of the event. I was there opening night from seven till around eight thirty. It was about that time when one of the other guests told me that he overheard that the awards would not be handed out. There was no announcement, they simply left. I have called the Artlink office twice this week to ask about this unsettled matter and still have heard nothing back.

We have been telling people for a long time that Artlink is unprofessional and unaccountable.

Again, we don't know what motivates these people. But the world can judge their public behavior.

It's unexplicable and despicable. But that's the Artlink pros for you.

For you. You can have them, Phoenix. In fact, you seem to be stuck with them.

Why is that? we wonder.

[Here is Mr. Hughes's email.]

Mr. du Bois

I am one of the artists that exhibited work at Artlinks 9th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. My work is solid and from the soul. I do not condone how Artlink has handled this exhibition. The works feel as if they were haphazardly hung, the lighting was poor, and the public was uninformed of the event. I was there opening night from seven till around eight thirty. It was about that time when one of the other guests told me that he overheard that the awards would not be handed out. There was no announcement, they simply left. I have called the Artlink office twice this week to ask about this unsettled matter and still have heard nothing back. This was very unnerving. I have been in the art scene downtown for a long time and actually stopped exhibiting when one of my works was stolen from the Mainstay Art space in April of this year due simply to the owners outright neglect. Now I consider not showing downtown until there is some stability.

I do not on the other hand take lightly my art being called "crappy."
"Looks real good for Phoenix, doesn't it, Phils? Keep up the crappy work. These are the people who are now exhibiting in your City Hall, and their supporters."

I understand frustration with the art world in Phoenix all too well, but shotgun blasting in generalizations is unfair. I am one of those artists who have worked hard to fine-tune my craft and I also take great pride in the art that I produce. Nothing was ever handed to me nor have I ever asked for a free ride. I hope you consider this when writing about art and artists in Phoenix, there are good artists here, they just need the opportunities that places like New York, L.A., and Chicago have provided to make there communities blossom into strength. This however takes time and the right guidance.

sincerely,

Alexander Scott Hughes

[Readers: this is the way to communicate with us.]

[UPDATE: Also, The Tears Of Things --Catherine King and Jerome du Bois-- would like to say that, in our opinion, Artlink owes Mr. Hughes $100, since his is one of the three best pieces in the exhibition.]

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December 08, 2005

SECRET-KEEPERS

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Fashion Art Photography by Jerome du Bois. Styling and Accessories by Catherine King. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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A Pagan Christmas Card

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The Gospel Of Thomas. Digital Net Word Art by Jerome du Bois, 2005. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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December 07, 2005

SETTLE

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SETTLE. Concrete poem by Jerome du Bois. 2005. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

It's a depressing trend. American women seem to be pathetically eager to minimize, denigrate, and demean themselves. They are overdue for a new feminism, with ovaries.

There's a big difference between a major and a majorette.

"And between a wonk and a Wonkette," Catherine adds.

Modern American women need to study on those differences.

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December 06, 2005

RECITE!

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Digital Net Word Art by Jerome du Bois. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

This is the first word of the Koran, which I formed from fragments of an Hijazi Ultraviolet photographed by Gerd-R. Puin. It is not in Arabic --I don't know the Arabic word-- but that is completely irrelevant, since recitation, not understanding, is paramount in the Islamic catechism.

(And after all, Mohammed was illiterate, let's not forget, during a time when even travelling merchants spoke and wrote in three or four languages. What an exemplar! Not the pen, the scimitar! Bloody bastard.)

I made this piece instead of ranting about the dhimmitude swallowing Europe and lapping at our shores. Both Georgetown University and Princeton University are trembling to host any group which might criticize Muslims --for fear of violence. That's right, they fear Muslim students on American campuses. Ooooo, I'm skeered. I say we stand our ground and tell them to get used to it; get used to criticism and satire and angry denunciation. And if they break our laws --if they break a single window, a single bone-- we jail them. If they keep it up, we deport them. Simple as that. We should do it soon, too, since ten thousand Saudi students are about to start streaming to our shores.

And so I take the opportunity to repost "Seven Statements For Muslims," after the jump. I repeat that I mean --and understand-- every word of it.

[Originally posted November 2, 2004.]

No dhimmis here. Ever.

by Jerome du Bois

Today we vote, and the war against Islamofascism is the central issue, and blogs everywhere will speculate about this and that, and what it all means.

A few hours ago, a Dutch filmmaker named Theo Van Gogh -- yes, of that family -- was stabbed and shot to death by a Muslim man for making a ten-minute film about Islamic domestic violence against women, with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The message is clear that in Europe, Muslims will kill you for criticizing them.

I'm about to start criticizing Muslims, including American Muslims, right now. (Reminder to locals: I'm lethally armed, and I don't call cops.)

"Questions for Muslims" appear on any number of websites, some sponsored by, for example, evangelical Christians -- 60 Questions Muslims Don't Like To Be Asked!" -- and also Muslims, including the curious Before the Wedding: 150 Questions for Muslims To Ask Before Getting Married. And then there are the invaluable illuminators Robert Spencer and Daniel Pipes, ex-Muslims like Ibn Warraq and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and bloggers like Charles Johnson constantly peppering Muslims with questions.

I don't want to ask any Muslims any questions. Their arrogant sense of superior spiritual sanctimony makes me nauseous, and I work to advance their humility. I think it's time non-Muslims simply made statements to Muslims. Here are some of mine:

1. The Jews are not a question mark. (Thought experiment: Imagine a history of the world without any contributions by Muslims. Now imagine the same without Jews.)

2. Women are equal to men. They are not property or chattel or anything less than any man, and indeed superior to any man who thinks women should be anything less than any man.

3. The Qu'ran was not orally or mentally channelled inerrantly to Mohammed by the Angel Gabriel. It is a palimpsest, edited, abridged, and extended over many years. This is just historical fact, attested to by the Hijazi Ultraviolets.

4. Allah isn't alone. He shares the world with all the gods in Mecca's cave, and Yahweh, Shiva, Chango, and many more.

5. I don't trust your words. You have a practice called Taqiyya: "Muslims hold that the Islamic version of dissimulation is applied only externally with the tongue and not internally (on the heart, spirit, and soul). In other words, a Muslim is allowed to say untruths to a non-Muslim if in their heart they still respect the truths that they externally deny." (Definition from fact-index.com.) And you want us to trust Muslims? No. Because of taqiyya, I cannot believe a single thing any Muslim says.

6. There is nothing spiritual or mystical about the Arabic language. It may not even be of Arabian origin; evidence suggests it originated in the Levant. So chanting anything in Arabic, or writing it down, is no different than chanting or writing in English or German or Spanish or Esperanto.

7. There will be no more one-way tolerance. "One man, one vote, once" don't go here. Submission is not in our law, our tradition, our Constitution, or our blood, habibi.

Enough for now, except to repeat the original line: No dhimmis here. Ever.

As far as I'm concerned, Islam is anti-life.

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December 05, 2005

LUCKY WOMAN WITH APPLES

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Fashion Art Photography by Jerome du Bois. Styling and Accessories by Catherine King. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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December 04, 2005

COSMIC WESTERN V.2

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Fashion Art Photography by Jerome du Bois. Styling and Accessories by Catherine King. "Green Doubloons," Studded Self-Fringed Jeans-Leg Bag, by Catherine King. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce in any form.

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December 02, 2005

They're Thinking So Much Smaller All The Time: Phoenix Writers Bloc

by Jerome du Bois

I bother with bothering Phoenix Writers Bloc for several reasons: they claim to be real writers, but they're not, and we're here to point to higher standards; some of them receive, have received, or will receive, or will apply for, public money --my money. Catherine's money. And two of them, Steve Jansen and Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker, have written critically about us. I'm just keeping up my end of the deal, boys. As for the rest of that shrinking outfit --from ten down to five now-- we'll share what they're up to this December First Friday --tonight, in fact. This month Writers Bloc will feature . . .

zines

I struggle in vain to find a form of communication more irrelevant in the age of the internet. Maybe carving glyptics on clay tablets. Where does one find these little paper treasures? Oh, you have to go to Unchanging Clichés in East Tempe, or metroflapadoodle waaaaay out in Apache Junction or somewheres. Or you used to. Now you can just go downtown, to Sixth Street Studios, to examine the printed infantilism this silly crew has tweezed from within their navels. (And if you think the epithet "silly" is too harsh, read the "bios" on this page. Just scroll down.)

From the Writers Bloc Website:

Come join us this Friday, December 2 for the Writers' Bloc Zine Show: A Celebration of Local Underground Literature. Check out locally made zines in the gallery room, including Modest Proposal, Your Invisible City, Male Pattern Radness, and Introverts Unite! Admission is free.

I searched these titles on the internet, which unearths the so-called "underground." Underground Literature. What a joke. Every one of these so-called zines is a tiny tendril in a myspace basement, a damp darkness where many skanky mushrooms grow. These are neither blogs nor sites, but maggot-white parasites. Except Introverts Unite, whose domain name is now nowhere, on the eve of the big zine show; good work, Steve Jansen, I'd expect no less from the likes of you.

When visitors step into "the gallery room," will copies of the four --count 'em: four-- zines be exhibited in oak-and-glass vitrines under spotlights, or will the visitors ackshwally be able to handle them?

Four zines.

Admission is free. But let me, with Catherine's help, provide more reasons for you to avoid this exhibition, these people, and everything they stand for.

Look at this.

This was . . . created . . . by a little brat named Brandon Huighens. Catherine and I have been gritting our teeth ever since we saw it, for at least two reasons.

First, the infantile, lazy lettering is a mere disguise. What you are looking at, viewer, reader, emerged from an aggressively talentless arrogant little prick, with aesthetic syphillis of the brain, who considered the vast expanse of fonts, colors, formats, and effects at his actual fingertips, and said, "No, I'd rather scrawl. After all, I learned all I need to know in kindergarten, where my art teacher said, 'There are no mistakes in art.' So now, you must accept whatever I put out there."

No, you twit, we don't. Both Catherine and I have created whole alphabets --clean, sharp, and all twenty-six characters consistent with one another --by hand, with wood, with lead, with plaster, with paper-- beautiful letterforms-- so you don't get away with your worthless lazy gesture, Brandon. It's beyond insulting.

Second, look again at the drawing on this announcement. This is a cartoon of Hunter S. Thompson. With a pistol in his hand.

I swear I do not understand why Mayor Phil Gordon or Phil Jones would get behind these people --I mean Cindy Dach and Greg Esser and the rest of the dwindling dingleberries down there.

Read the caption: "Writers Bloc Comes Doctor Recommended."

I wrote in my piece about Amy Silverman that she had a quotation from this evil piece of human slime posted above her desk. I haven't refreshed myself on the details of his demise, but the rough facts remain:

Not long ago, Hunter Thompson blew his brains out while sitting at the kitchen island of his house in Colorado, while on the phone with some ex-intimate, and while at least two of his adult children were asleep in the very house at the time.

You go look it up.

But now, the people who pay their dues at the failing Writers Bloc enterprise --yes, we see them casting about for local landlord lifeboats-- these people have cast their lots with a limp, dead medium and a cruel, dead self-murderer.

Good luck in the new year.

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