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Suction of the Self
Those of you -- a small number, I realize -- who have been reading me since the early days of this journal may recall my previous trip to Louisville back in February, 2004. That was my first time traveling on my own with the digital camera and I made the most of it.

One of the goals for my return visit earlier this month was to have a similarly fruitful time photographing. As it turned out, the conference was too interesting for me to do much prior to its conclusion. But I had luckily booked my flight back to Arizona for a whole day after it ended, thinking that there would be a Saturday night affair as there had been in 2004.

Saturday night I brought my camera to the DIY show I found out about from conference attendee and electronic musician extraordinaire Drew Daniel of Matmos, who turned out to have grown up in Louisville and still has numerous friends in the local indie scene. I'd say more about that wonderfully fortuitous experience, but I'm saving it for the introduction to my book. So you'll have to wait. I captured the spooky house behind a Dodge hood ornament on the street outside the club -- I got a nice anonymous comment about that one from someone in Louisville today -- and the empty room with the fan in it from the back of the bar area inside.

The next day I took my time getting ready, then took shots of some of the beautiful late nineteenth-century homes south of the U of L. From there I headed east past the "transitional" neighborhood in which the club is located, stopping to shoot the railroad tracks and some more modest homes along the way. I took a long break at Lynn's Paradise Café, which I've already documented, then ended up on Bardstown Road just as I had in the hours prior to my flight two years before.

My favorite photo from that earlier foray was of a mannequin in a vacuum cleaner store across from the wonder that is ear-X-tacy Records.

I made a point of returning to the location this time in order to reacquaint myself with her, only to discover that she had been replaced by my own reflection.

After I'd stared at this disturbing prospect for a few minutes, I realized that I had unwittingly acted out the plot of The Cure's song "Just Like Heaven," displaced from the diffuse landscape of pop Romanticism into a realm where all mod cons seem to hold the promise of a less literary repudiation of reality.

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Mode: brittle-brattle
Muse: the Dinosaur Jr. version, as performed on July 4th, 1992

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From: wondrousbeauty Date: March 7th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I remember that mannequin photo! It's a great picture.

I love The Cure reference. It was completely unexpected, in a neat way.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 7th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! I really enjoyed your entry from today about word and image. It's nice to be remembered. . . :-)
From: catfishvegas Date: March 7th, 2006 07:48 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Funny how it all happens...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 7th, 2006 07:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Bueno CDs. Lunch. It has to happen soon. Spring break?
From: catfishvegas Date: March 7th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm wide open that week, except for Friday...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 7th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There's basketball to consider. I'm going to Animal Collective on the 15th. My parents are in town, but I could maybe hook up with your beforehand.
yourbestfiend From: yourbestfiend Date: March 7th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
oooh, I like your formatting of this entry. it's very uber-hyper-textual. not to mention you look like you're wearing a suit made of vacuum cleaners.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 7th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've also aspired to be "über-hyper-textual," so this made my morning. And, yes, I was wearing a suit made of vacuum cleaners. It's all about the other.
From: birdsofappetite Date: March 7th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
are you really writting a book partially about Matmos? thats a hoot. they have a new album in the works. the songs are inspired by authors/thinkers/individuals including Wittgenstein. cool right? i'm in your pomo class and came across your journal via mutual friends. enjoying most of the reading.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
But not all of the reading? I mean, really. . . :-)

Seriously, it's nice to have readers, even if they are ones who realize how befuddled I can be by technology.

The book is about punk. But the bit about Matmos is about the interface of theory and independnt music scenes, as well as the punk underpinnings of electronica.
zonaroja From: zonaroja Date: March 8th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Photo is fantastic!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks. So's the one in your LJ user pic!
zonaroja From: zonaroja Date: March 8th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, I have a good photographer....
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I sense a photo shoot coming during your visit. I won that teaching award today. Maybe I can find a way to get a new camera. Not that the old one is bad or anything. . .
zonaroja From: zonaroja Date: March 8th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Photo shoot? Sign me up!!! That's excellent that you won an award!!!! Which one is it? I'm exclaimation point happy tonight. So does this mean you get to give a big witty speech at a fancy luncheon? or dinner meeting? When do you "officially" receive it?
From: birdsofappetite Date: March 8th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i hope this means i can write my semester paper about the theoretical underpinnings of Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot....ive been trying to slip this into my academic career for some time now! Lot 49 was a blast, Brown Buffalo was fairly entertaining, and the Didion I read in a single captivated sitting. Im sure that Howe is a meritorious historian and she can weave a nice caper. But her craft and style leave much to be desired for me. The prose just isnt alive. Have you read Sherman Alexie's Reservation Blues?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love Reservation Blues and taught it in the previous incarnation of this course, back in the fall of 2001. Alexie is a more lively writer. But Howe does things that are interesting theoretically.

As for Wilco, who knows? I could be persuaded, provided you were doing something with the readings too.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 8th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Hey there again,
The anonymous one is Diane in Louisville, a friend through Will W. That photo that you took in front of the vacuum cleaner store is seriously 3 blocks from where I live. I am a photographer as well and I hope you continue showing your work here. It's not very often that I come across a journal with admirable photographs that aren't just people constantly shooting themselves and/or dead birds.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 8th, 2006 03:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I adore Will! I need to see him soon. I miss his company.

Do you have a blog? I'd love to see some of your work. I seriously envy your place of residence. That stretch of Bardstown appeals to me a good deal. Tucson is great in many ways, but we're short on streets you can walk down.
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