A treat showed up in our email box last week from Roy Two Thousand, who I met at the Bliss Dance Opening Ceremony on Treasure Island. He sent a time lapse video of the opening, with his original music.
And as a special treat, Roy Two Thousand also sent along a time lapse of [BM] 2010, just as we are gearing up to head to the Playa next month. Enjoy!
I only discovered him recently. He wrote this book, you see, back in 1942. An autobiography. It’s called The World of Yesterday.
All of a sudden, people out of nowhere were recommending it to me. An old college professor. A friend’s wife. My mom. My freaking mom asks me on the phone “Have you ever read Stefan Zweig’s autobiography?”
So I call up a local independent bookstore.
“Green Arcade books,” says the man on the other end of the phone. “How can I help you?”
“Yes, hi. I’m wondering if you have Stefan Zweig’s autobiography, The World of Yesterday?”
He responds immediately. “You’re JOKING!”
I give this some thought. “No, I’m pretty sure I’m not.”
“Okay,” he says. “Yes. I have The World of Yesterday.”
“Great. How late are you open?”
He considers. “I don’t know.”
“Well, you’ve been a great help.”
“There’s a poetry reading tonight,” he explains. “I don’t know how long it’s going to go.”
The thing about Zweig is, he was once a world famous author. You’ve probably never heard of him … I’d never heard of him … but he was published in all the big literary journals for almost half a century. He was friends with Rilke and Rodin. He knew Freud. He knew Borgese. He knew Yeats and Pirandello and Gorky and Ravel and Joyce and Anatole France. He was kind of the pre-WWII Johnny Carson. He was a big deal, is what I’m saying. I kind of want to be him.
The thing is, he saw that whole world wiped away by the Nazis. Gone. Obliterated.
This had actually happened to him before. (Yes, yes, I know: I’ll get to Burning Man eventually. Stay with me.) (more…)
Fire and music create a gathering for hundreds of participants each Tuesday and Wednesday night in July as part of Artown. Over 1,000 people gathered at the corner of Sierra Street and Island Ave for the opening of the temporary interactive art installation and performance venue. Hundreds of adults and children have enjoyed the unique experience of controlling a pulsing tower of flame effects while DJ’s spin dance music for the performers and public alike. (more…)