Now that we’ve got the naming bit all sorted, Aunties are delighted to spread our abounding love for the newest baby in our midst. He is Huxley O’Reilly Griffith of Arwen + Saul, nephew of Meara, born 6 pounds 12 ounces, one month ago tomorrow. A calm-eyed, wee wood sprite, he is. And here he is giving us all the bird in a photo taken by his sweet mama.
Ladies, Gents: Spring Has Sprung.
Time for a
Spring Swap Party!
This Friday, May 1st
That is, May Day
That is, International Workers Appreciation Day
What better a day to bring down your old, take home some new-to-yous?
Evening time, perhaps round 7-9.
As I write this, I’m missing Mickey’s talk at the Community Center, and bummed about it. But this weekend, come on up for the Snock show and stay on for the food, some of it served from the Murch’s Eat Local kitchen-boat that’s been pulled in to town. Plus, the Bolinas Community Center serves our town well and is definitely worth supporting.
Nile is in New York City this week, hanging with her fellow cool cats. Always keep a whoo-whoo in your mind, girl. I miss, I miss.
This Diamond Jubilee representation comes courtesy of Fanny Bostrom’s Curiosities.
7:00, Get Lost Travel Lloyd Kahn Slide Show
Lloyd Kahn is giving a slide show of the road trips that lead to Builders of the Pacific Coast, the most recent installment on owner-built homes from Shelter Publications. The first Shelter book, published in 1973, is the central green builders’ inspriation for “simple homes, natural materials, and human resourcefulness. It is about discovery, hard work, the joys of self-sufficiency, and freedom. It is about shelter, which is more that a roof overhead.” (That’s Lloyd in the good ol’ preface).
This most recent volume features extensive spreads on three master craftsmen—Lloyd House, Bruce Atkey, and Sun Ray Kelley—who have built fantastic structures from natural and reclaimed materials up the coast from Northern California to Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
To read more, and especially to see more pictures from the big three books—Shelter, Home Work, and Builders of the Pacific Coast—you can pick up your own copies at the shop.
After, Burgers at Zeitgeist? “Warm Beer, Cold Women” & pretty vintage nudie ladies on the matchbooks.
9:00, Café du Nord Music from Geographer, Michael Zapruder & Harbours
A beautiful woman gives birth at home, in sunshine, surrounded by the love of her partner and young son, with a flower in her hair. Her baby arrives to laughter, a daughter, is delivered straight to the breast. A midwife is there, mostly standing by. All is straight forward and regular.
In Spain, this is how they sell mattresses.
I hope this is as clear to you as it is to me. May all of our beds be so inviting, sunny and calm.
Michael Hurley is in The Bay this week!
Catch up with Elwood himself:
Thursday April 23rd at The Verdi Club, 8PM $10
With Sean Smith & Mira Cook
2424 Mariposa Street San Francisco, CA
Friday April 24th at The Pizza Place, 8PM
3901 Noriega Street San Francisco, CA
Saturday April 25th at The Mesa House
Drop a line to email@example.com for details.
Thanks Alissa Anderson for the delicious photo.
Stewart Brand founded the indispensable Whole Earth Catalog back in 1968, pranked around with the Merry Pranksters, formed one of the first online communities, The WELL, and exists now aboard a houseboat as the perfect Sausalitoan. Observe his profile in this weekend’s Green Brain issue of the NYT magazine:
Job description: I design stuff; I start stuff; I found stuff. On the passport I put “writer.”
Exercise routine: I hike Mount Tamalpais.
Evening routine: My wife, Ryan Phelan, and I tend to go to restaurants or throw together a dinner around 9 p.m. I’ll read a novel or a comic. We’ll take a bath together and be in bed by 11:30.
Further nuggets available here: On the Waterfront
Aboard his tugboat, the Mirene.
My copy of The Last Whole Earth Catalog, June 1971. This issue contains, among other treasures, “Divine Right’s Trip” by Gurney Norman, which won the National Book Award in 1972. But in fact a few Catalogs were issued thereafter.
Seems the incomparable Mr. Drew Christie has recently provided gorgeous illustrated liner notes for a reissue of Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson, news indeed, and then he went and made a signed and numbered limited edition poster for the project, all available at Light in the Attic, not so much in order to eclipse the lovely smuttiness of the original but to enable one to declare one’s admiration for the artist, and especially for Jane in that tiny white get-up, on one’s wall without seeming particularly smutty when mummy comes round.
Fabulous original smut:
Little Edie’s kitchen.
Big Edie’s bedroom.
Roses from the garden (wish the screen was scratch ‘n sniff).
Driftwood Lucrezia with her mournful eye, named for Lucrezia Warren Smith.
If only all waterfalls came with prism glasses. Sigh. Call it another Ambitious Project Collapsing.
Unpickable poppies growing under our house.
Another Found Nature Object [A Shell] That Looks Like It’s Smiling.
drawings by david wilson
600 guerrero st, sf
opening, April 22nd, 9pm
curated by brianna toth
But can I make an offer on the wee woody sign?
Infinite thanks to the lovely, patient and generously talented Emily Johnson for letterpressing our new cards on her fancy new press up in Portland which we can’t wait to see with our own six eyes when she gets back from Cody. (The drawing, Cass did.)
Sometimes available on a stump near my house.
Brown, white + blue, 6 bucks, some change in a jar.
Plenty of questions, no one around to provide answers.
Lately I haven’t been tempted to purchase much of anything, but I’ve been wanting to embellish everything I’ve got already. First up was the clogs, next comes the Subaru.
For example, I wish my tub was as delicious as this one, improved by Saul Steinberg.
One man documents makeshift Lincoln shrines in his diary as news of the assassination hits New York.
My personal in-house Lincoln shrine, courtesy of Sean, might be even cooler because it also sharpens pencils.
That’s tonight at Giant Robot, folks. Artists include Jay Howell, the man behind the postcard that most find most tempting to steal from among my fridge flair:
Little Edie Beale thinks these things up, you know.
And here, her vegetal spirit animal, who also has great gams.