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New Tumblr about urban (re-)development and such

I started a new tumblr called Desarrollos ("Developments" in Spanish), which will be a place for me to stash stuff I find as I research for a new project about urban planning, re-development, gentrification, white flight, and related other sub-topics. Right now this project is at a very early stage, just starting to percolate at a slightly higher boil than the back-burner "I should do that someday" thoughts I've had for years on the subject. I hope you get something out of viewing the behind-the-scenes stack of source material that I will collect at the new tumblr. (Tumblrs, for those not aware, are a weird sort of ready-made blogging tool. They seem like a good idea but then it's easy, for me at least, to waste many hours tweaking themes and header images and whatnot. Which is not very productive.)

Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

author: Viktor E. Frankl

name: Steev

average rating: 4.32

book published: 1946

rating: 5

read at: 2014/09/08

date added: 2014/09/10

shelves: own-it, spirit-self

review:
This book is everything everyone praises it for and more. Highly recommended. I found it highly inspiring, moving, heartbreaking, and wise. Enough said.

Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

author: Raymond Carver

name: Steev

average rating: 4.43

book published: 1988

rating: 4

read at: 2014/09/10

date added: 2014/09/10

shelves: spirit-self, own-it, short-fiction

review:
Carver was definitely a master, and well worth reading. However - and here's where my review becomes more about personal and momentary taste - I'm not sure if he will stand the test of time, or even is doing that now. To me his characters are hard to identify with, although I can sympathize with them. It's just that often, they seem stuck in a time that's thankfully past - the sort of 40s through 60s time of couples who don't really talk, men (and in some cases women) who drink too much, get in fights, play their gender roles to the hilt, and leave their families at the drop of a hat, etc etc. Generally lots of not very conscious, unhappy, low-grade jerks, sadly bumbling through their sordid lives. Perhaps there's still a lot of people like these out there, but to me this feels dated. Carver's a a step up from Hemingway in that at least he recognizes the sadness of these people and isn't just celebrating macho stoic males. Still, I'm preferring, these days at least, fiction that resonates more and is addressing what it's like to be alive now. Perhaps I'll be accused of subscribing to the dreaded "relatability" fad, but I find more spiritual sustenance in protagonists that are more modern - folks that are vulnerable, smart, dorky, and nice, but still get into trouble and have a hard time. Following the mishaps of dudes whose flaws have mostly been addressed by my generation and demographic is interesting, but not necessarily the most useful to me in my quest to become a wiser and better person.
That said, Carver was an expert at his craft, and in the context of his background and time, is worth reading - just like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Shakespeare, etc. It's just not what's floating my boat these days.

Apache Sacred Run 2014: Rough Selects Assembly

In August 2014 the San Carlos Apache did their annual Sacred Run, this time starting on Mount Graham and ending at Oak Flat recreation area. I was asked to document the whole process, starting a couple of days before the run. This is a very quickly assembled assortment of clips of raw footage just to give a sampling of the kind of material that was shot. I have not done any audio adjustments or even spent much time find ingthe very best moments - it's purely a very fast attempt to scan through the 15 hours or so of footage and give people a general understanding of what's there. If you're a filmmaker or journalist working on documenting the Oak Flat issue and are interesting in using any of this footage, please contact me. detritus.net/steev

Cast: steev hise

Tags: in-progress, rough, mt graham, arizona, sacred run, oakflat, apache and nativeamerican

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again:  Essays and Arguments

author: David Foster Wallace

name: Steev

average rating: 4.29

book published: 1996

rating: 5

read at: 2014/07/25

date added: 2014/07/28

shelves: fun, own-it, spirit-self

review:
Like all the DFW works I've read, this is, overall, excellent. Some of the pieces in this collection are better than others, but they're all worth reading. Of course the real standout is the title essay, about his week on a cruise ship, which comes at the end of the book and which is probably the most well-known and talked-about piece of non-fiction Wallace ever wrote, and for good reason. It's pure genius and also pure vulnerable and personal truth-telling, in the Herzogian, ecstatic truth sense of truth-telling - because I don't care if he made up parts of the essay or fudged some facts, as some have attested. The point is that it is a porthole (ahem) into how David Foster Wallace thought and lived, how his brain worked and the intricate inner gears of a very smart but disturbed and depressed writer. Furthermore, it's a valuable commentary on the state of the American psyche and how the American psyche deals with need, desire, luxury, consumerism, and marketing. It was written at, I think, about the same time he was finishing up his masterpiece novel Infinite Jest, which deals in a fanciful, fictional, and more extended way with many of these same issues. In short, they both ask the questions: Is constant, in-the-moment pleasure the pursuit that life is about? And what if we supposedly found that, then what? It's also interesting to see that this essay shows DFW using the phrasal tics like "And so but" and the generous use of footnotes and footnotes-within-footnotes that are so integral to the style and feel of Infinite Jest. He had arrived at a formal structure that fit perfectly the way his chattering grey matter operated.

Other stand-out essays in the volume for me are "Getting Away From Already Being Pretty Much Away From It All," about visiting the Illinois State Fair, and his brilliant examination of a great filmmaker, "David Lynch Keeps His Head."

Father • Sun • Eternal Return

This is my edit of the documentation footage of a live performance by myself and Adam Cooper-Teran in April 2014 at Exploded View in Tucson. The piece is dedicated to the memories of our fathers, who both passed away in the last couple of years.

Cast: steev hise and Adam Cooper-Terán

Tags: fathers, fatherhood, childhood, death, live cinema, expanded cinema and performance

Mystery Grandma by Stop Motion Orchestra

music video for the song "Mystery Grandma" by Stop Motion Orchestra, from their soon-to-be-released CD.

stopmotionorchestra.tumblr.com/
egghelmet.com
stopmotionorchestra.bandcamp.com/

video by Steev Hise
detritus.net/steev

improvisationally live-cut using Resolume Arena.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: music and timelapse

timelapse of Negativland setup/check at Red 7 in Austin

shot with a GoPro at 1 frame every 2 seconds conformed to 15fps with MPEGStreamclip.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: Negativland, band, timelapse, noise and live cinema

The Baffler No. 24

The Baffler No. 24

author: John Summers

name: Steev

average rating: 4.00

book published: 2014

rating: 5

read at: 2014/06/07

date added: 2014/06/08

shelves: politics, fun, own-it

review:
Took me awhile this time, but the issue does not disappoint. Highlights are the piece by David Graeber about play, the Susan Faludi article on feminism, and the excellent take-down of Vice magazine.

Timelapse of a Creatista Shoot

on the set at Red Star Studio May 13, 2014

Cast: steev hise and Scott Griessel

Tags: creatista, timelapse, filmmaking and behind-the-scenes