THEY KNOW THINGS THAT WE DON’T

 

THEY KNOW THINGS THAT WE DON'T, 36 x 24, acrylic on canvas, by Jesse Sublett, $595,

THEY KNOW THINGS THAT WE DON’T, 36 x 24, acrylic on canvas, by Jesse Sublett, $595, from Jesse Sublett’s Little Black Book

 

A new piece added to the ART page, above: “THEY KNOW THINGS THAT WE DON’T.” Yes, another one with grackles. AND another chapter in the Grackle Chronicles.

 

 

 

 

But first, this message from the New York Times, one of the best bits in the Sunday’s edition, about the fabulously successful author Neil Gaiman, which I filed in the “I can relate” department:

[Neil Gaiman’s] first published book — “written solely for the money,” he says — was “Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five” (1984). “I got a phone call from a lady,” Gaiman explains in an interview cited in the book, “and she said would you like to write a rock ’n’ roll book for us? A rock ’n’ roll biography? And I thought, ‘Oh God, yes! I’m in!’ ” Gaiman suggested a handful of subjects, including the Velvet Underground, David Bowie and Elvis Costello, before the editor interrupted: “Do you want to write the Duran Duran book, the Barry Manilow book or the Def Leppard book?” Pragmatism led him to choose the relative newcomers Duran Duran. “With Barry Manilow,” he said, “I figured I was going to have to listen to, you know, 40 Barry Manilow albums.”

, by Jesse Sublett, Author & Artist at Large, from Jessesublett.com

 

GRACKLE PROFILING

Grackle

rolling down South Congress Avenue

in a ‘74 Ford LTD

talking to himself

as he floats past Enoteca

a mockingbird

says

to a blue jay

“Never mind the grackle, Jake, it’s SoCo.”

, by Jesse Sublett, Author & Artist at Large, from Jessesublett.com

Grackle

turns left on Annie, rolling east

proud of that machine

not all that much rust

or Bondo

vinyl top patched with duct tape

on the left side

plywood in the opera window

of that Detroit beast

 

Grackle

running on about this & that

pea brain working overtime

midnight black, raven shape

split second later

matador with a black cape

 

Grackle

talking squawks & rattles

loudmouth beak

trash truck of beer cans

backward whistles

airplane cabin with a compression leak

 

LTD

riding low, white wall retreads

brass balls striking sparks on a speed bump

muffler killing your ear drums dead

radiator leak, bad head gasket

burning oil tail feathers

big as the Hindenburg

what the hell is he saying?

now & then a human word

dumbass Suburban driver

woodpecker cell phone texting

comatose as the light changes

grackle perches on the horn

hollers out

“Hey shit bird!”

 

 

FINALLY: Don’t forget these dates for for “Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey’s Texas Bank War,” by Broadus A. Spivey and Jesse Sublett August 5, 7 PM, BookPeople: The Austin premier book party. August 15, 7 PM, Barnes & Noble Lubbock: The West Texas book party, with Broadus A. Spivey, Jesse Sublett AND special guest, Glenna Goodacre. Texas Tech Catalogue page for Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey’s Texas Bank War. Like us on FaceBook to keep up with upcoming events, reviews & news about the book and the authors.

Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey's Texas Bank War, by Broadus A. Spivey & Jesse Sublett

Broke, Not Broken: Homer Maxey’s Texas Bank War, by Broadus A. Spivey & Jesse Sublett

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