Friday, October 08, 2010

trompe le monde

do you recall that mtv show 'pimp my ride'? neither do i, never watched it, but i think the premise of the show is one where the participants would take a beater vehicle to a professional 'mack daddy' to have his/her car rebuilt into a sweet ride. i'm not sure what the hell the word 'pimp' means in the context of the show because to my old skool ears the word 'pimp' was slang meaning to sell, yourself and/or your goods and services.

in other words, it's not for lack of modesty or anything but i rarely it seems pimp myself and/or pimp the stuff i dig and the writers i love. forgive me, it's a fault of mine and a lifetime of habits ain't gonna end just because i attempt to will it to end.

wtf, anyway. let me do a bit of acting like huggy bear [the pimp character played by antonio fargas on the 70s tv show 'starsky and hutch' with a cool sartorial style] and do a bit of promotion.

first, my brother in the art, jonathan hayes, is participating in the litcrawl portion of the literary festival litquake in sf. here's a link to jonathan's profile. if you are in sf tomorrow, 10/9/10, click for the schedule here go see him read and then say hey to hayes.

ernesto priego has a new book the present day [leafe press; 2010]. it's a killer. i should know i provided a blurb. ernesto is a great writer both in spanish and english. click here and order the book now, will ya!

and ernesto's busy with a new project, the hay[na]ku postcard project, with ernesto 'crowdsourcing' poems via old-fashioned paper. i don't know what 'crowdsourcing' means quite, but i suspect if ernesto's in to it, then it's a good thing. click the link above, check the posts -- you might even recognize the title of a, ah hem, blog in the pics -- and ask to participate yourself.

and poet/photographer maurice oliver is keeping it good and real in portland, oregon. maurice is a very talented poet, see his blog here for both poems and pics, in his own right but he's also an unsung and excellent editor. his zine concelebratory shoehorn review is on it's 45th iteration. i have poems in it as well as the inimitable crag hill. check it, send maurice poems, and read a few yourself both on his own blog and his zine.

finally, the title of this post does not come from a desire to fool the world. rather, the weather has been so lovely, so deep into fall, that on my walks to and from work today i had some riffs by joey santiago looped in the brainpan, bringing me much joy in my steps. in short, i had this song stuck in my head:


At 7:58 AM, Blogger John B-R said...

Richard, to pimp something in this argot is to turn it into something a pimp might not be ashamed to display. See definition 2 at Urban Dictionary.

It was a great show. Almost as great as Cribs.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

ah, i see. the word pimp was in wide circulation several years ago, and i think had many definitions. perhaps it was a manifestion of pomo irony, because other words, like 'porn star', was also in wide use. what the hell the latter phrase meant quite, i don't know, tho i suppose it's meaning was the reverse of it's standard definition, like the old '70s phrase, 'that's bad,' meant 'that's great' or 'cool'. being called a 'porn star' back then was most likely a desirable thing, but the nuances are lost on me.

'cribs' was a terrific show. my favorite episode is the duplex of hip-hop artist redman. the place was a messy dump, small, and i think his cousin was asleep on the floor in a sleeping bag but barely noticed since he blended quite well with the clutter all around. also, speaking of porn, redman showed off his collection of vhs porn tapes.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Jim K. said...

why waste it on the mess..
..this vanna gonna stop rockin,
this monkee's gone to heaven..

if if man is 5....?

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Closely Observed Train Stations said...

Hi Richard,
I read the blurb for ernesto's book and am intrigued. Do know if Leafe Press deliver to the CR?

At 11:15 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

jim: certainly if man is 5 then the devil is 6 and if the devil is 6 then god is 7!

ryan: i'm glad your interested in ernesto's book! i think they'd deliver to prague. leafe press is both john bloomberg-rissman and alan baker. you can get to the leafe press website by going to alan's blog to the right. i'll ask too.

At 8:25 AM, Blogger Closely Observed Train Stations said...



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