Friday, September 30, 2011

Paulie's Picks, Belmont, 10/1/11

It's been a rough go of late for New York, for America, and for the west generally. Policies which cater to wealthy individuals, corporations, banks, and insurance companies, pursued strenuously and without interruption for over 30 years, have left a staggering number of Americans jobless, impoverished, homeless, hopeless. A tiny fraction of the population lives in luxury beyond its wildest dreams, with wealth not generated from innovation and ingenuity, but from institutionalized gambling in which losing bets are covered by taxpayers. The Tea Party is rabidly pursuing an intensification of these draconian policies, even though most of its membership is victimized by them. When unarmed college students dare to engage in peaceful protests, they are corralled with nets like animals, and sprayed with mace. Obama's promise for a fairer society has turned out to be another Clintonian center-right sophistry. New York City now has a staggering 20% poverty rate. The official national unemployment figures are nearly 10%, but these numbers do not include people who have stopped looking for work, or work part-time. One-third of American homeowners owe more on their homes than the homes are worth, and the people who engineered the policies that led to this disaster were not jailed, but paid bonuses. Even more surprisingly, many had and still have jobs in the Obama Administration! Iraq and Afghanistan drone on, Guantanamo is still open for business. The U.S. recently sent arms aid to Bahrain, even as the Bahraini courts handed out lengthy prison sentences to doctors for treating protestors shot by police. The entire European Union is being dragged down by the debt crises of its weakest members. America is dwindling, withering, slowly rotting from within, like Rome and so many other empires before.

I guess I'll go to the track. Tomorrow is the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont, and Stay Thirsty, coming off a strong victory in the Travers at Saratoga (shown above), looks good. Still, three G1 victories in a row is a lot to ask, so I'm going to vote for the number two choice in the morning line; Flat Out, who had a couple of close seconds in big races at Saratoga this summer.

And remember, when things seem their darkest, you should try and think about something else. Here are Paulie's Picks for tomorrow's card at Belmont Park:

1st race:
3 - Mississippi Duel
12 - Unbridled Command
11 - Parachute Coney

2nd race:
5 - Indy Sea
2 - Two Months Rent
7 - Dendrite

3rd race -
5 - Love to Run
6 - Teeth of the Dog
2 - How Do I Win

4th race:
7 - Twojohnsandajack
6 - Quick Recovery
4 - Dahess

5th race, The Flower Bowl Invitational, G1:
8 - Stacelita
4 - Aruna
2 - Dynaslew

6th race, The Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, G1:
1 - Cape Blanco
5 - Winchester
2 - Teaks North

7th race, The Vosburgh Invitational, G1:
8 - Trappe Shot
6 - Big Drama
4 - Euroears

8th race, The Kelso Handicap, G2:
2 - Jackson Bend
3 - Uncle Mo
1 - Jersey Town

9th race, The Beldame Invitational, G1:
5 - Havre de Grace
2 - Royal Delta
1 - Life At Ten

10th race, The Jockey Club Gold Cup, G1:
1 - Flat Out
4 - Stay Thirsty
5 - Drosselmeyer

11th race:
6 - Knock Quietly
1 - Polaris Dream
4 - Windafull

Tune in tomorrow night for video and results.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Paul on Henri Mag

My good friend, the painter, blogger, thinker, and generally swell guy Mark Stone put up an extremely kind profile of my work on his consistently compelling Henri Art Magazine.

Thanks so much, Mark!

Smart Cyber-People Rule

As I said in my last post, Blogger added a feature that I hate: pictures now load in "Lightbox" format (like on Facebook) and there's no way to disable it. I've spent a lot of today deciding where to move my blog, and haven't ruled this out. But in the meantime, a smart blogger came up with an html tag that defeats this dreaded feature, so No Hassle will be able to stay put for a little while longer.

If you need the tag for you blog, click here or click the image on top of this post.

A New Castle, Suggestions Please! has recently made some updates, one of which I'm very unhappy about. If you click a picture now, it pops up in "lightbox" format (very similar to Facebook). It seems that they're not going to allow users to opt out of this feature.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to move the Castle, and I'd really like some suggestions from the bloggers out there - which hosts do you use and how do you like them? I think Wordpress is a no-go for me because of their strict limits on html tags. But what about Tumblr, or Typepad, or...?

Please either leave a comment, or contact me at the e-mail link on the right, or send me a Facebook message with your thoughts.



Sunday, September 11, 2011

What's Paulie Thinking?

Sorry for the lack of posts lately - school's back in session. Here are some things I've been thinking about, and hope to elaborate on in the not too distant future:

1. As mentioned in Paintings I Like #70, I've been very preoccupied with 20th century painters who weren't specifically adhering to Modernism (this does not include painters who were merely doing a parody of it). I think the upcoming DeKooning retrospective at MoMA will be a great time to pick this discussion up. I've also been thinking about the '80's painters, Morandi, and the Germans.

2. In 1984, Lyotard pointed out that the easiest way to simulate an avant-garde gesture is to make something that no one can understand. I've seen this strategy quite a lot in the last ten or fifteen years. It's also sparked a secondary industry of mediator-interpreters to help explain all this turgid art to a bewildered viewing public.

3. In 1790, Kant pointed out that the easiest way to simulate originality is to do something strange (pretty prescient for 1790, yes?). This is another strategy I've seen employed quite a lot since the '90's. If I were to sculpt genitals out of Velveeta, it would be fairly original in the strictest sense, but really, who fucking cares?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011