Dark Wizard Brought to His Knees

I had the pleasure of visiting the residence of Dr. Arnold Klein- “king of Botox”,”discoverer of the first human gene”, Beverly Hills collagen expert, voracious bear slayer and self-insinuating father of Prince Jackson- for a bankruptcy induced estate sale recently. Klein, at the height of his powers, had been known to spend up to 20000 dollars a day on Versace pillows, mid 90’s Star Wars collectibles, signed Baldessari prints and laser-molded lucite statues depicting grizzlies and abstract patterns. In addition, many of his possessions had been imbued with a special power by their close association with Michael Jackson, who had…

Dad’s Medicine

Interesting article about ‘stoned parenting’ in the NYT today by art dealer Mark Wolfe (see links section). Wolfe adopts a sarcastic tone at times and employs old pot humor tropes in proper acknowledgment of pot’s proud history in the media, but the essence of his article is a straightforward advocation of taking medicine before attending to your children. Marijuana is the class clown political discourse, and, regardless of the scientific and political language that the discussion is often initiated in, the end result is frequently a mental image of someone hitting a bong. Even within marijuana advocacy groups, there seems to…

Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY   Orange county had recently taken on some significance in my thoughts because I had been ‘intensely pondering’ (happily traipsing through vague thoughts about) Financial Crisis aka Great Recession (two awkward names for the rapid dissolution of the global math fantasy in 2007-2008). The opportunity for me to spend a few nights across from Newport Beach, in New Century and other defaulted mortgage originator’s fatherland appealed to me, because (I fantasized) I would gain ‘first hand knowledge’ of the way of life of people whom the notion of compound growth had completely consumed. Indifferent to the exclusionary aspects…

Bloating Carcasses

With the news today of the six NYPD officers under scrutiny for steroid abuse after a raid on Lowen`s Pharmacy yielded their names among the thousands of customers for America`s most popular non-euphoric drug (see NY Times 10/17), it appears as though the time is right for chatter and speculation. To me it comes as no surprise that this appearance altering substance (dispersed as supplements and drugs various legalities across the popular consciousness) has been enthusiastically embraced by another subset of America`s heroes. There seems to be a semirational affinity for tight bloat, large head and windedness amongst the country`s…

SHAXBERDS PIPE

Most of the controversy seems to stem from an article published by South African paleontologist Francis Thackeray, who claims that he embarked on the chemical analysis project after re reading Shakespeare`s sonnet number 76 in which he refers to “invention in a noted weed”. Any effort to place the Bard`s finger on the carb can only be seen as a dubious political move, taking Shakespeare`s iconic significance as genius personified (indeed, without historical reminders (the dim reflections of our struggling forms in Shakespeare`s oily bald pate; anecdotal Mozart`s three year old fingers tapping out an exuberant passage on the piano)…

Stanley Fish Sticks it to the Man

Given that the New York Times has long found itself consumed by a compulsive need to scrutinize upper middle-class leisure to a point of complete and total exhaustion (see House and Home, Thursday Styles, Sunday Styles, the rest of the paper), it can come as little surprise that its comparatively recent penetration of the “blogosphere” would drag this dark obsession into the full light of…broadband, or whatever. Their dilemma is understandable — how could hundreds and hundreds of 10-point pages per week suffice to track the vicissitudes of yoga, Blackberry accessories, and daring vacation-home refinancing? And who better to blog…