Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sunset Amy

photo © Mark Butkus 2009
Sunset Amy celebrates the sea.

As Sunset Amy dips into the sea
She rises in my heart
A tentative summer's smile
An autumn's first kiss farewell
We awkwardly said hello

Monday, July 26, 2010

Innovative Art Contest Explores Climate Change

art © Sharon McBride 2008
Submit art that explores our relationship with the climate – from clean energy to pollution-free oceans – the choice is yours.

LOS ANGELES – The Gulf oil disaster is but one example of the ways in which our fossil fuel economy is impacting the planet we call home. But as bad as this catastrophe is, the specter of global climate change looms even larger as a threat to sustaining life on Earth. Despite overwhelming evidence – species extinction and dwindling water supplies to mass migrations and mega-storms – the public is still unclear what climate really means for them.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Meet Me at Ramon's

Singer/songwriter Marc Pettigrew sang me this tune that he had been working on as we drove to El Grullo to catch some mariachi music. The talented guitarist and noted tequila drinker got around to recording it with Lalo in Barra de Navidad. On his way home he stopped by Oro and played it.

A copy was ripped, pictures added and this video was created.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

First Infrarealist Manifesto

The incomparable Roberto Bolaño (2nd from R wearing glasses) in this photo from the 1970s.

(In the mid-1970s Roberto Bolaño helped found the Infrarealist movement in Mexico. This movement would turn up in his Savage Detectives tome as the Visceral Realists. What follows is a translation by Tim Pilcher of the First Infrarealist Manifesto.)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


photo © Mark Butkus 2010
With wine, with poetry, with virtue, with skies and bottles blue.

One must be forever drunken:
that is the sole question of importance.
If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time
that bruises your shoulders and bends you to the earth,
you must be drunken without cease.
But how?