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StinkyLulu's Book Review: 'The University of New Mexico'

With this “photographic portrait of the University of New Mexico,” the folks at UNM Press bring together three of the university’s most devoted chroniclers to capture the complexity of the campus’s architectural landscape. Author V.B. Price’s exultant introduction offers an idiosyncratic yet informative summary history of the university itself, and former university architect Van Dorn Hooker lends his authoritative imprimatur as the book’s credited… Continue

Added by StinkyLulu on March 22, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Burque Appreciation

I arrived this morning at 11:30 am from Los Angeles, California via Amtrak. I went out to California to visit one of my best friends who left in the middle of our sophomore year of high school because her dad got a job promotion out there. I was only there for four days, Wednesday-Saturday, but those four days were so busy I felt like I had been there for a whole week. Upon my arrival to ABQ, I felt a profound appreciation that I had never felt before. Despite the biting cold wind, I was glad… Continue

Added by Alicia on March 21, 2010 at 8:33pm — 2 Comments

Demon of the Continent

The poetry of Ai, who died on March 19, 2010, has infiltrated my imagination. I'd been working on a persona poem about Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, and was consulting Ai's book Sin (Norton 1986) for a way to go deeper and further. When I think of the persona poem, I think of Ai. On the publication page of Vice (Norton 1999), her collection of new and selected poems, there's this legal disclaimer: "These dramatic monologues are… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 21, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

As Darkness comes, Breaking Bad's new season begins!

And there's less than 24 Two hours until the NEW SEASON of Br Ba (Breaking Bad) begins on AMC.

Can't wait to see the season and all the Albuquerque sites. Tonight's episode is entitled, NO MAS.

Kudos...Merdre/Break a leg to whole staff (and stars) of Breaking Bad...

Added by Jeff Hartzer on March 21, 2010 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Adam Rubinstein... Dreams and Streets I

At the heart of Adam Rubinstein's attempt to revisit this neighborhood is a girl. In my own life as a young boy, her name was Carol. Although I wanted to walk with her home from school, I was too shy...and contented myself with following half a block behind, throwing snowballs or hiding behind bushes. Later, I must have dated Carol a dozen times in my life: Nancy, Elizabeth, Tanya, Susan, and more. I think I remember the way to her house. Adam… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on March 21, 2010 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

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

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