Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud

September 21, 2017 11:07 pm by crocodile


by Arthur Rimbaud

Honestly I probably picked this up because it looks like an issue of Cometbus. Used to catch a lot of punk flyers that looked kind of like this- an old zoomed-in photo, white and black text. People used to have their own special ways of writing on top of the photo and keeping it fairly legible- it’s easy when you have large fields of white or black, but when it’s a busier picture like this one you need technique. Ray Johnson did this cover, and it’s a little hard to read but in this case I think that works for the design rather than against. If you wanted it more legible here’s my technique: you get your photo the way you like it, and then in black you write the band’s name kind of big and blurry. invert the image (black to white), and fill in the name (now white) in black, more crisply, leaving a border. Invert again, and you’re done. Piece of cake.

we, the punks, are out tonight


I like Ray Johnson but I also recognize that if he was alive today and in my circle I’d probably think he was kind of a pain in the ass. Case in point: signing your name in the top right corner of a book you designed the cover for. Pros don’t do this, Ray! Doesn’t exude confidence. Quite the opposite in fact! A: No one signs the covers; B: No one signs anything in the top right, that’s unreasonable.


Love it they do the translations face to face with the original. I don’t speak french but it’s nice to try and pick it out with the answers right there. Or not “the answers” but someone’s answers anyway. Louise Varese’s answers. Also this way you can quote a passage in the original, that never fails to impress. Picture me bowing out of a situation because it’s trop épineuse pour mon grand caractère. Swish.

new directions
I had breakfast with some poets the other day and kept giggling every time they said “New Directions”, they couldn’t figure out why. I thought hyperfocus on words and their high/low disjunct was a poet’s bread and butter but I guess not. Or not all the time anyway.


I got this book for $2 on account of the spine is torn, and I left the sticker on because it pops. Color sells. Kind of looks like a colorful band aid, makes the kid look tough, both in the “gets in fights” way and in the “not trying to hide” way (like a poison toad or flamboyant cuttlefish). see also Nelly:

I didn’t read this entire book but I do pick it up from time to time and read selections, and like all books of poetry in the collection, it spent a season in the WC.



September 20, 2017 7:13 pm by crocodile

by Vincent M Holt

“Them insects eats up every blessed green thing that do grow, and us farmers starves.”
“Well, eat them, and grow fat!”

Nice little hundred-page paperback, originally printed 1885, reprinted in 1967, 1969, and 1973. Three reprints! Outlines in plain language why the custom of eating certain insects should be encouraged, which insects to avoid, and which animals we regularly eat that are much grosser than insects. Honestly it makes a pretty good case! If you eat (for instance) lobster, why not crickets? Lobsters eat literal shit, crickets eat grass or whatever.

The Bible says it’s OK, but the Bible says a lot of stuff that society ignores…

The technical term for eating insects is “entomophagy”, here’s the Wikipedia entry: [link]. A contemporary term for insects raised as food is “minilivestock” but I find that name irksome because “microlivestock” means small-size breeds of conventional livestock (miniature sheep, etc.). You’re gonna make mini smaller than micro? come on. I realize that you can’t say “nanolivestock”, but why not “picolivestock”? There’s a lot of suffixes at our disposal and pico is the cutest.

One curious thing about this is how the last word on each page is repeated at the start of the next page. This can’t have been for the benefit of the printer, because there are page numbers too. Maybe this was to help the reader?

Hell yeah. Love to see a weird niche served. Entomological Reprint Specialists, I salute you.

I showed this book to my friend Cool Breeze and he couldn’t believe it. “Why would someone write a book about why you shouldn’t eat insects? Seems obvious”. I told him it was about the exact opposite thing, then we figured out that he had been parsing the title in Hulk-speak. ala “Why Hulk Smash” or “Why Hulk Not Trust Humans”.

I probably got this at a library book sale from my first job at the Worcester Public Library, sooo I probably paid under a dollar for it, and I’ve probably been carrying it around since… 1996? $1 in 1996 money is approximately $1.57 today, that’s still a great deal.

Generally my paperbacks are organized under: classics, sci fi, trashy, and weirdies. this one is filed under: weirdie

full scan of this one up on


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September 20, 2017 3:32 pm by crocodile

new blog! time to back on the horse with a daily writing project. until i change my mind, this space will be reviews of printed objects or anything i consider “a published work”. ta!

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