Thursday, December 31, 2020

Miss you.


Dear Friend,

Here is your song for today.  This song for me will forever be a paved, two lane road, with four young people walking down it- one is pushing a bmx bike.  One is carrying a mono radio with 6 D cell batteries in it.  They are headed for the motel, to go swimming. 

Have the version from the road, too.

Monday, December 28, 2020



Dear Early Winter,

Here is your song for today.  I only just heard this song for the first time a week ago, and I love it!  I say try it yourself, with your guitar.  

Have another version; it's that good!

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Regardez ce film.

 Chong Gon Byun

Untitled, 29” x 21” x 9.75," Oil on Trunk, 1990

Dear Holiday Revelers,

Here at the Dodo, and maybe where you are too, we have extra time in the long, dark, winter evenings, and we have spent many of them 'rotting our minds' on TV, as my parents' used to say to me.  There is no need for you to rot your mind, though, because we have sorted the mind rotting material into two piles: pile one, like junk food, will not really bear discussion; pile two, includes this really lovely surrealist film by Marie Losier.  It's a film of artist Chong Gon Byun, and what I have for you here, is this excerpt:  Byun, Objet TrouvĂ©.

The entire film can be found on The Criterion Channel, which is a thing you will have to pay for, or at least agree to a 'free trial' of.  It's 7 minutes of really beautiful, actual, saturated, developed, cut and spliced, film, and here at the Dodo, we found it worth at least double the price of the free trial.

PS     Now that you have that free trial, you might also watch this charming adaptation of The Railway Children.  It's a movie that one imagines young Wes Anderson being inspired by.  It was an absolute favorite novel of mine when I was young and impressionable, written by E. Nesbit; a writer you should know, and if you don't believe me, maybe you'll take Gore Vidal's word for it (yes, to read it, you will need another free trial and to register and sign up and secret password and, and, and....)

Friday, December 25, 2020



Dear Holidays,

Why not stay a little longer?  It's sure been nice, seeing you everyday for the last 24 days.  Best wishes for the new year!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020