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Ghost Bike for Roy Sekreta

Placed a Ghost Bike for Roy Sekreta on March 19, 2010 @ Comanche and the bike path. Stop by and pay your respects.

The Ghost Bike is one reminder out of many to drive safely,

for the fast moving east bound traffic. It is a blind hill with a 40 mph speed limit.

Although there are plans in place to construct an underpass for the bike… Continue

Added by gleejb on March 20, 2010 at 8:37am — No Comments

Duke City Satiddy:WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!

I have never been a huge basketball fan and I certainly have never been more than an awful 'player' of the sport. Born short and with miniscule hands, 'roundball' never appealed to me and I never really got to know it at all, as a kid or adult (Oh God, am I one of those?). I was fairly good at 'football' (aka soccer!) playing on both my high school and college teams. The dance and grace of leggy folk floating through the air in baggy shorts never quite got me… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on March 20, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Saying It Loud (New York 1974-79)

(Fay Chiang, Executive Director, Basement Workshop)

With the publication of Fay Chiang's 7 Continents 9 Lives (Bowery Books 2010) and the local IQ's oral history of Albuquerque's poetry slam scene (March 18-31, 2010), I’m plummeted into a Proustian mood without the aid of the French novelist’s neurasthenia or madeleine.

As one of the few Asian Americans majoring in English at The City College of New York, I was in a deep… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 19, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Morning Fix: Lobo Nation...

A quick word of thanks to Adelita and the DCF staff for allowing me to do a week of the Morning Fix.


Added by Ron Da Bomb on March 19, 2010 at 6:30am — 8 Comments


That was way too close.

The # 3 seed Lobos love to play it close and tonight's game with THE GRIZ of Missoula was no exception.

It would've been so typical LOBO to have lost tonight against all odds but WE DIDN'T...WE WON.

WE ARE NEW… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on March 18, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

A Small Slice

It's heartening that independent films like Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy" (2008) and Ramin Bahrani's"Man Push Cart" (2006) are being made at all. I can't say whether Reichardt's is a great film, but its very smallness and quietness serves as an antidote and rebuke to obscene Hollywood blockbusters like "Avatar." These indie films tell the stories of the Other America, of those who've fallen through the cracks. They're the narratives of an Edward… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Melting Heart

Director Ramin Bahrani's film "Man Push Cart" has a Yasujiro Ozu-like quiet, modesty and unsentimental compassion for its characters who scuffle resolutely on the margins. Their life is a hustle.

In midtown Manhattan, Ahmad sells coffee and bagels from his push cart to New Yorkers grabbing a quick bite on the way to work. There's a passing familiarity and anonymity to his job, fitting for a Pakistani immigrant with a secret past. Ahmad Razi… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Raids on Human Consciousness

""Years ago, I used to think it was possible for a novelist to alter the inner life of the culture," says Bill Gray, DeLillo's protagonist. "Now bomb-makers and gunmen have taken that territory. They make raids on human consciousness."

Of all contemporary American novelists, Don DeLillo has his finger on the Zeitgeist, a spooky ear for the electronic static that clings to and distracts our minds, an unerring antennae for the hidden structures of… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments


The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, is a brave novel for frightening times. Like novels by Don DeLillo, Claire Messud and Ian McEwan, it pivots on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, but its perspective departs radically from those novels.

The narrator Changez (whose name contains the word change) is a Pakistani from a once-prominent family in Lahore, who graduates with honors from Princeton… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Something Else to Be

Toni Morrison's second novel, Sula, is a coming-of-age tale and lyric poem of black female identities, focusing on the friendship of Sula Peace and Nel Wright, and three generations of women in their respective families from 1919 through the post-World War II period. Because "They were neither white nor male," they "set about creating something else to be." Both live in "The Bottom"; place itself functions as both character and choral voice to express… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments


What's most impressive about this collection of short short stories written over a 50-year span by Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese author to be awarded the Nobel Prize in 1968, is its stunning range and diversity. The short form allowed the author to experiment with a variety of themes, subject matter, and stylistic effects; according to the author, they are the "essence of his art."

There are elements that will be familiar to the reader of… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Heartbreaking Music

Robert Hass's first volume of poetry, Field Guide, was published by the Yale Series of Younger Poets, one of the most prestigious awards for a young poet. He has since won most of the major poetry awards as well as being appointed Poet Laureate of the United States.

In Time and Materials, Hass produces a gentle, elegiac, late music in his translations of the work of Nobel Prize-winning poet Czeslaw Milosz and others, familial poems,… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments


It begins with a smattering of polite applause. There is no introduction, no showbiz patter. On “Monk’s Mood,” pianist Thelonius Monk rings bell-like chords, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane makes an unearthly entrance, at once snakecharmer and alien. Here Coltrane is already himself in 1957. “Evidence” mounts, tentative, oblique, yet irrefutable. Then one of Monk’s unparalleled ballads, “Crepuscule with Nellie.” The pianist’s use of space gives each… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Cataclysm of Love

At the slow, burning heart of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Love in the Time of Cholera is the mad, obsessive, unrequited love affair between Florentino Ariza and almond-eyed Fermina Daza, an outlandish love lasting exactly 50 years, nine months, and four days, a "cataclysm of love," a love whose incurable symptoms are the same as disease. Parallel to this is the marriage between Doctor Juvenal Urbino de la Calle, the most desirable of bachelors, and… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Hurt Men

In The Scent of Apples, a collection of his stories, Bienvenido Santos examines the theme of the Pilipino immigrant as exile in the United States. Calling them "the hurt men," Santos depicts the alienation and estrangement of his characters, who have left a traditional society founded on a sense of community, kinship, and mutual support. These "oldtimers" often seek the company of American women at taxi dance halls for the virtues of fidelity and… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tributaries to the Mainstream

Like Don DeLillo's Libra and E.L. Doctorow's Book of Daniel, American Woman, by Susan Choi, is a remarkable feat of the historical imagination. A fictional retelling of the notorious 1974 kidnapping of the newspaper heiress Patty Hearst by the revolutionary Symbionese Liberation Army, the novel's focal point is the deepening relationship between Pauline, the Hearst surrogate, and Jenny Shimada, an anti-war radical who is enlisted by organizer Rob… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Aunt Lili

When Aunt Lili passed away short of her 100th birthday on March 7th, 2010, she was the last of the Oyama clan that included my Uncles Wesley and Clem, Aunt Mary, Bob and my father Joseph Tadashi. As my grandfather tried to make a go of everything from truck farming to selling homemade cosmetics on a horse-drawn cart up and down the Coast, the family lived a peripatetic life in Sacramento, Los Angeles, California's Central Valley and elsewhere from the Great Depression until the… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Saintly Interventions

The title of Angelico Chavez's From an Altar Screen refers to a retablo, or tableau, thus his stories set in New Mexico span the 19th century to the post-World War II period, and involve a saintly (or devilish) intervention in the lives of both the common folk and the Spanish nobility. Chavez, who was ordained a priest and accorded the religious name Fra Angelico after the medieval painter, writes a simple, spare, modest prose that conveys the beauty of the New Mexican landscape, the foibles… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Mind Leaping

Born in New York City and educated at the University of California, Berkeley, poet Arthur Sze has been a longtime resident of New Mexico. For many years, he has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. His work is infused with, and inspirited by, the textures and colors of the New Mexican landscape and cultures. In Archipelago, Sze's poems hybridize the spirit of a Zen garden with native culture and other geographies, and the associations, analogues, correspondences and… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Of Ceremony and Story

Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko's 1977 novel, focuses upon a World War II Native American veteran Tayo's return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, and his alienation from the pueblo culture as a person of mixed blood. The novel traces the protagonist's descent into alcoholism, self-contempt, and abrupt violence, and his eventual reintegration into the matrix of native culture through renewed ritual and ceremonial practices, and the agency… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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