Thursday, January 31, 2008

May 24, 1995

I’m sliding naked down a beer-slicked escalator median.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

July 19, 1995

I think he’s more like a cross between Buster Keaton and William Henry Harrison.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

August 7, 1995

I got a machine gun cartridge case. It’s just a small thin hollow brass metal cylinder. I saw the big machine that stamped out thousands of them per minute.

Monday, January 28, 2008

November 25, 1995

Whenever anyone has a question about Cheap Trick, Rush, or Steve Martin, he’s right there with the answer.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

May 27, 1997

If you know of any other albums that could reasonably be described as “the half-conscious moanings of a drugged thunder god”, please let me know.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

December 15, 1999

A— mailed me a painting of a Christmas tree. I would never have guessed that’s what it is, but after he told me, I can see the resemblance.

Friday, January 25, 2008

August 5, 1999

He’s thinking about becoming a long distance truck driver or a mailman.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

April 15, 2003

Only the acrid odor of the singed pot finally breaks the spell of the harmonium.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

June 1, 1994

The Swedish Stockhausen guy is supposed to send me some Aphex Twin.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

June 1, 1994

This kind of attention to detail is likely to impress even the unsophisticated reader.

Monday, January 21, 2008

May 8, 1994

D— sat in a chair and never smiled except when he made a mistake on the guitar.

Friday, January 18, 2008

December 19, 1995

He drew up a short list of words, e.g., bottle, factory, fish, gun. Then he wrote out of all the combinations of two: bottle factory, factory bottle, bottle fish, fish bottle, bottle gun, gun bottle, factory fish, fish factory, factory gun, gun factory, fish gun, gun fish. Then he asked 100 undergraduates what each one meant.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

December 29, 1995

He paid three times as much for his copy and his didn’t come with the 30-page booklet. Gloat gloat.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

January 4, 1996

After the show he said that he had been half asleep during the performance and this is his new custom, to perform while half asleep.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

January 9, 1996

Here’s a rough draft of my New Year’s resolutions:
  1. Eat more tangerines.
  2. Ride around more on the CTA.
  3. Read more Japanese novels.
  4. Drink more coffee in more diners.
  5. Discard more unnecessary possessions.
  6. Gaze more at Lake Michigan.
  7. Buy more Cecil Taylor albums.
  8. Learn more German.
It’s going to be a pretty existential year.

Monday, January 14, 2008

August 29, 1996 there’ll be this statue of a woman with a flowing robe and long flowing hair, looking goddess-like, except in her arms is a giant squid.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

October 17, 1997

Can I run my old DOS programs on it?

Friday, January 11, 2008

January 9, 1997

What I ate for dinner: a can of pineapple chunks and a bag of microwave popcorn.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

January 28, 1997

“World-weary” is the operative word here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

July 22, 1997

Date: 1994

In article 175370143.6682585 you write:
>GREG GINN with Transition Tour Schedule

Mr. Ginn,
This has nothing to do with alt.zines.  Please
confine your postings to appropriate newsgroups.

== Seth Tisue (

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

August 17, 1998

Did you know that both senators from Hawaii are named Daniel K. something?

Monday, January 7, 2008

January 30, 1995

I should have realized that “the war between the lampshades and the lichens” was far more logical.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

January 30, 1995

The first six minutes or so are overlapping, gradually louder layers of insectlike buzzing, which by the time it gets really loud is suddenly ZAP! cut off by a zapping noise, followed by that running-water-and-schoolchildren stuff (I think you know what I mean).

Saturday, January 5, 2008

April 5, 1999

That’s the second time in three days I've been accused of being pretentious. (The first was when my friends A— and M— saw my fabulous new thrift store raincoat.)