Archive for June, 2014

Goodnight, #CephalopodWeek

June 29th, 2014

Anyone know what a group of octopuses is called, a la “murder of crows” or “labor of moles”?

OctoDoodle, NYC Nostalgia #CephalopodWeek

June 28th, 2014
this octopus is reading the paper on the subway.

reading the newspaper on the subway.

Almost missed it today but, #CephalopodWeek

June 27th, 2014


Oh man, was so busy performing at Adler and enjoying the company of friends in the out of doors that I almost missed a post. But I do like this excuse for consistency so, here is an OctoDoodle pic and video… mixologist

Cuttlefish, a Ditty, and a Doodle

June 26th, 2014

This is a short video that my fiancé took at Disneyworld of some cuttlefish.
Yes, it was at Disney. Yes, they were raised in captivity since they were eggs. But they are still amazing. AMAZING! I recorded a little saw ditty to accompany the video, not as amazing but I’m trying to just do, y’know.

And here’s another Octo-Doodle, print out and draw in your own face! Or keep it creepy.

No Face Big Mouth

No Face Big Mouth

OctoDoodle 2 #CephalopodWeek

June 25th, 2014

I thought this was a dancer/entertainer but maybe also a really fun professor?



You know what? I’m having a great time on Vine with these.

In Honor of #CephalopodWeek – Doodles, One a Day

June 24th, 2014

This one was the next up…



I was in a mood. Yikes. I promise to post cute cuttlefish video soon!

Another Book That I Liked. Epileptic.

June 19th, 2014

Epileptic Cover

Epileptic is a beautifully rich graphic novel that probably everyone has already heard about, except me. I didn’t know anything about it until my boyfriend pointed it out on a shelf at the bookstore. It seemed right up my alley, theme and content wise. So, in a caffeinated bout of spending mania, I grabbed it.

Let’s just say, it was so much more than I expected. After I finished, I wanted to sit there holding it. Feeling its weight like an obvious metaphor.  The book that this man (and his family) created is dark, heady, and self-aware in the most engaging ways. It follows the family by way of the narrator/author/artist, through a life of dealing with his brother’s severe epilepsy.  It was so intimate and lovely, without being overly sweet or precious. Dare I say, it was just so, French.

The emotional pace of the storytelling was even, not manipulative or even cathartic really, but always tumbling along with the images. Every once and a while a panel would be so right that I would actually have to stop and stay on it. Like holding my breath. I can’t help but think they were intended for exactly that purpose, but that also other people might have stopped at different panels. You know that super art feeling of like, that is exactly right! That is EXACTLY RIGHT! But then you have your friend look at it and they are like “That’s nice. Oooh, look over there!”

A few seemingly random themes are only random at first because they are so specific to the family in the book. They all go together because it is a real life. Even if I wasn’t sure how exactly one would subject would relate to the other, I knew it would. And it was nice to be led deeply down one path to discover another.

The drawings, to the non art student eye, were an almost wood block or etching style, black and white, clean lines, folk art yet still in the cartoon realm. The perfectly placed monsters of disease, death and life’s nagging truths are embraced as friends, beautiful scary friends. There is so much to look at but I never felt like I lost the story. I would love to see a puppet theatre production of this book.

Epileptic is full of facts although not brain science, or epilepsy research, which is sort of what I wanted. If I had done a bit more research before I started, the French title may have changed my original preconceived notions “L’Ascension du haut mal (“The Rise of the High Evil”). But, I did not miss the hard science because everything was so well done. So what if it wasn’t what I expected? It was something profoundly moving. It was something really fucking great.

I will give it a Benedict Cumberbatch rating. It was prettier than me, smarter than me, and I’d like to look at it over and over again.

Coursera Class and a Musical Shout Out

June 16th, 2014

I just wanted to quickly update and say that I have finished my first Coursera course. Hooray! It was called The Brain and Space and I highly recommend it if you’d like to learn more about how our brains take cues from our bodies and then use that information. The professor was engaging, clear, and even plays the banjo. My musical saw playing self felt a kindred spirit. Maybe there’s a new sub genre in there, Neuro Folk. I’d be down.  Since I’m talking about it, you can hear some of my saw playing with my band, Eileen. We are a murder ballad folk duo. I guess I like sub genres.


photo credit: Logan Futej