The Sinking Swing State?

When I talk with some resignation about “the sinking swing state,” I’m not talking global warming and the flooding of Florida. No, I can’t say I’d be particularly sad if Florida went literally underwater — that state is so weird someone came up with a Twitter page just to chronicle its insanity. Anyway, Florida’s not for me […]

I’m With Phil & That HuffPost Piece

No, this is not true.

It’s been a while since I posted here, regrettably, but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had the time. BUT there is news…I’m with Phil is complete, we’ve submitted to 30+ film festivals worldwide, and next month we kick off the new year with an official fundraising drive!   Along those lines, a funny thing […]

LONG SILENCES

I’ve been here, I’ve been there. I’ve read some books. I’ve put many more books down. I’ve bought a sketch pad, some graphite pencils, and have picked up drawing as a hobby. I got depressed for a while and found myself unable to do a lot of things. I also got hooked on the BBC […]

SOME FRANZ WRIGHT (RELIGIOUS POETRY)

While I ponder the essay I’m writing, with no end in sight at the moment, I’m led to Franz Wright’s poetry by a friend. I don’t know how much religion is in Wright’s entire ouerve, but the book my wife got out of the library for me was God’s Silence, and religion is certainly implicit in that […]

PHIL CAMPBELL, JR. (PORT WENTWORTH, GA)

The son of Fayetteville Phil Campbell also attended the I’m with Phil Hoedown of 2011. When I met him he was living in Savannah.   Here is a brief bio of him.   What is your full name? Philip Earl Campbell Jr. Residence: Port Wentworth, GA Age: 46 Profession/job: Delinquent Tax Collector   What are […]

AN ATTEMPT AT HIATUS

I have to go on an hiatus of sorts. This blogging-tweeting work is becoming a real chore. It’s keeping me from pursuing more ambitious projects.   I didn’t mean for this to happen. When everything’s going well I can maintain it all, or at least I think I can. I’ve enjoyed the scrounging I’ve had […]

Some Stephen Dunn

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  I saw a Stephen Dunn poem this morning, and I thought I’d write it out, then share it. I enjoyed it; it seems to represent my current mood. I stumbled over the word “collusion,” though. Somehow that word trips me up.   Why I steal poetry explained here (my “what-do-I-know anyway” mea culpa). Buy yourself […]

SOME FREDERICK SEIDEL

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I love Frederick Seidel for his occasional foul-mouthed poetry, as well as his unaffected lack of sentimentality. I caught up with him late, through his collected poems, which you can buy here.   I liked the poem “Puberty” for its rich realism and its abrupt, cold ending. I think when you’re at all aware of […]

Fayetteville Phil

Fayetteville Phil

Name: Philip Earl Campbell, Sr. Residence: Fayetteville, Georgia Age: 76 Profession: Retired airplane mechanic   What are your favorite hobbies or pastimes? Why do you enjoy them? Much of my time is spent working on church committees and serving as a deacon. Like most I maintain our home and yard and keep our cars safe for […]

CHARLES KRAFFT (SHUDDER)

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My head’s still spinning from this story, and I’m barely (if that) connected to any of it. Those at the center of this art world controversy have got to be feeling something more akin to a horse-kick to the stomach.   Are you familiar with the work of Charles Krafft? An artist from the Pacific […]

PALO ALTO PHIL

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Name: Philip Jeptha Edward Campbell Residence:  Palo Alto, CA Age: I will be 56 in March Profession:  I am a professional musician and music teacher.   Are there any websites, twitter IDs, or other social media information you want us to mention on this page? i.e. if you want us to promote your private business, […]

SOME SEAMUS HEANEY

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A little Seamus Heaney for the day. I liked this one mostly for the sentinment rather than the execution. I think Heaney could have worked harder on the second line in the second stanza. “cut off their nose to spite their face” is a little worn, as phrases go.   My justification for “stealing” the […]

SOME ART SHOWS

"Painterly realism of a boy with a knapsack color masses in the 4th dimension," Kazimir Malevich (1915)

I almost never have time to go to museums, but these shows at MOMA and the Guggenheim look good:   “Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925″ Through April 15, 2013. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.“Kandinsky 1911-1913″ Through April 17, 2013. The Guggenheim, New York.         Excerpted from an article in The Smart Set: Kandinsky became a follower […]

YOU ARE NOT BRADLEY MANNING

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My latest Huffington Post blog post has been published. It’s about Bradley Manning. I was pleased to be able to endorse in the post the art of Lance Wakeling, who’s looking for some Kickstarter funding.   Bradley Manning has been on my mind a lot lately, but not intentionally. His face is painted as a […]

JUNEAU PHIL

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Name: Philip Elston Campbell Residence: Juneau, Alaska, USA Age: 59 Profession: Pastor, Northern Light United Church, Juneau, and Adjunct Faculty of the Iliff School of Theology, Denver.   Are there any websites, twitter IDs, or other social media information you want us to mention on this page? The Church has a website and a FaceBook page. The web […]

ONE MILE FILM & A SHAMELESS PLUG

  Go buy this month’s ArtForum. Seriously. My wife Emily Hall, an art critic and an editor of publications at the Museum of Modern Art, has a review in the magazine about the artist Jennifer West, whose art film about New York’s rehabilitated, practically Disneyfied (at this point) High Line should be a work of […]

ON HUMAN EXPLORATION

I basically stole this quote from the Facebook page of my friend, Seattle writer and filmmaker Charles Mudede. I posted it on my FB page a couple days ago, but I thought I’d repost it here. This is from the pages of Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris, one of the most profound statements about human space exploration: […]

DON’T SPEND IT ALL IN ONE PLACE!

      I got the below email the other day. Apparently a lot of people did.   Key quote from the email, which is about the class-action lawsuit against Facebook, and its multi-million-dollar payout: “Each participating Class Member who submits a valid and timely claim form may be eligible to receive up to $10.” […]

WHY I STEAL POETRY, ALSO, DAVID FERRY

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Perhaps I feel compelled to write this because I’ve picked up a few Twitter followers since I started posting poetry. So let me be clear: I do not quite feel comfortable yet blogging about poetry as an art form, I only feel comfortable copying it.   Blogging is something I just started doing, and I’m […]

MILD MAINTENANCE ISSUE

Anybody visiting the site lately may have noticed that I have a Pinterest link to the stuff I’ve been reading lately. A nice little touch the graphic designer made at my request. The only problem is lately my website has been grabbing any new pin that I add, not just the one added to the […]

CHATTANOOGA PHIL

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Full name: Philip David Campbell Residence: Chattanooga, TN Age: 51 Profession: Transit bus driver, author wannabe, imaginary rock star   Are there any websites, twitter IDs, or other social media information you want us to mention on this page? These are links to my first attempt at assembling a book. My sales are in the […]

REPETITIVE TASK DREAMS

  Repetitive-task dreams are a special kind of nightmare. Repetitive-task dreams are a special kind of nightmare. Repetitive-task dreams are a special kind of nightmare. Repetitive-task dreams are a special kind of nightmare. Repetitive-task dreams are a special kind of nightmare. Repetitive-task dreams are a special kind of nightmare. Repetitive-task dreams are a special kind […]

CRITICS, SOCIAL OTHERNESS, ETC.

  I came across this interview with Daniel Mendelsohn on Andrew Sullivan’s site. On Sullivan’s blog the focus is on Mendelsohn’s comments of how he connects his homosexuality with his life as a critic. I found that interesting, but was put off slightly by this idea of how people are responding whenever someone like Mendelsohn […]

GARRY WILLS ON THE SOUTH

The Pulitzer-Prize winning historian had some things to say about the South in the NYRB blog that I felt needed quoting:   “No part of the country will suffer the effects of global warming earlier or with more devastation than the South, yet its politicians resist measures to curb carbon emissions and deny the very […]

TRIPPY EXPERIENCE

Tonight I was walking through the Diamond District of Manhattan after having my pupils dilated from an eye exam. So many anonymous people hustling in the darkness, their work done for the day, but the rings and necklaces remained, and glowed. The window displays shined with spotlighted halo effect against the district’s gray dirty buildings. […]

TEXAS PHIL

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There are quite a few Phil Campbells in Texas, but you have to understand that when I’m assigning nicknames like “Big Phil” or “Texas Phil” it’s because I’ve met that particular Phil in person and have thought up a nickname to avoid the confusion of calling him by my own name (all the Phils do […]

SOME DAWDLING, SOME POETRY

  SUNDAY NIGHT: Some downtime tonight after a hard, ridiculous day of assembling an Ikea loft bed for my son. I would in fact declare the entire day a ludicrous waste of time but I can’t remember ever seeing Mungo so thrilled to receive anything, and this is a child whose usual greeting comes in […]

GETTING MY MOJO BACK

  I had lunch with Sam Lipsyte yesterday to talk about writing and writers and – sigh — my as-yet-unpublished novel Memphis Del Mar. Sam is not only a brilliant writer, he’s a professor of the creative writing program at Columbia University (He’s also got a book of short stories coming out in March; you […]

I REMEMBER ART

I love my kid, but he’s a handful. Planning playdates, entertaining him with kid-related stuff like Lego Batman, etc…I miss the days my wife and I used to take an entire day looking at art in Chelsea so she could pick something to write about for ArtForum. Many of the art wasn’t that great, but […]

FUNNY, FORGOTTEN CHICAGO HISTORY

  “The night the White Sox clinched the 1959 pennant, [Mayor Richard J.] Daley’s fire chief , Robert Quinn, turned on the city’s entire civil defense siren system to celebrate the championship. However, he had not warned anybody that he was going to do it, so most of the city’s 3,700,000 citizens thought the warning […]