Monthly Archives: April 2009



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.

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Spring Swap Party

cass crustation

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.

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The Edible Garden

Art & Garden-Poster 2009

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.

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cat diamondNile 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.

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Tonightings on Market Street

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.

Builders of the Pacific Coast

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

Cafe du Nord Poster

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Home Birth! Representing A Spanish Mattress

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.

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Snock Wave


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
Bolinas, CA
Drop a line to for details.
Thanks Alissa Anderson for the delicious photo.

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Stewart Brand

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:

Steward Brand- BoxJob 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

Stewart BrandAboard his tugboat, the Mirene.

The Last Whole Earth CatalogMy 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.

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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:

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At the Beales’s

Beales's KitchenLittle Edie’s kitchen.

Big Edie's BedroomBig Edie’s bedroom.

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Black Has All Colors You See

my rosesRoses from the garden (wish the screen was scratch ‘n sniff).

LucretiaDriftwood Lucrezia with her mournful eye, named for Lucrezia Warren Smith.

rainbow waterfallIf only all waterfalls came with prism glasses. Sigh. Call it another  Ambitious Project Collapsing.

PoppyUnpickable poppies growing under our house.

Happy ShellAnother Found Nature Object [A Shell] That Looks Like It’s Smiling.

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Open Endless Opens Tomorrow

David Wilson

drawings by david wilson
600 guerrero st, sf
opening, April 22nd, 9pm
curated by brianna toth

open endless

open endless back

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Available!Free Box Van

Repercussions:Van Note

Unavailable.Not Free Wood

But can I make an offer on the wee woody sign?

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Our Fancy New Card

g+g card recycled

g+g card yellow

g+g card green

g+g card blue

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.)

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Local Layers

Eggs in a Cooler

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.

Eggs $6

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Embellish, Improve

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.

Girl Bath

For example, I wish my tub was as delicious as this one, improved by Saul Steinberg.

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Lincoln Mourning

One man documents makeshift Lincoln shrines in his diary as news of the assassination hits New York.

Lincoln Shrines

My personal in-house Lincoln shrine, courtesy of Sean, might be even cooler because it also sharpens pencils.

Lincoln sharpener

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Tree Show V

Tree ShowThat’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:


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Free Dentures on Craigslist


Does anyone need dentures? I got all kinds here.

So the kids and I were cleaning out the garage the other day going through old boxes that may or may not have been there since we moved in and I hear scream from the 4 year old. She runs back to me in tears and I went to see what had scared her so much. gosh three year olds.
Anyway. She was screaming about this big box of old dentures.

So yeah. Here it is on Craigslist, where all things find their forever home

They’re probably from dead people. Just sayin


…oh, really?…

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The Best Costume for the Day

Little Edie Beale thinks these things up, you know.


And here, her vegetal spirit animal, who also has great gams.

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