The Sporadic Beaver

Letter from Chile: The Earthquake Was Tender with Us

February 28, 2010

Tags: Chile, Earthquake, Javier Foxon


Javier Foxon and Bob Rosen, Valparaiso, Chile, October 12, 2005. Photo by Mary Lyn Maiscott.

By Javier Foxon

Bob,

thank god me and family are alright.. now, while im sending you this email.. there are still some little movements of the earth (replicas) from that earthquake..man.. it was like apocalypse now.. but here in Viña and Valparaiso the earthquake was tender.. well of course some people died, but it is nothing compared to the shit going on in the south of the counrty.. (more…)

Earthquake in Chile

February 27, 2010

Tags: Earthquake, Chile, Paniko

Early this morning an 8.8-magnitude earthquake--the largest in 50 years--struck Chile. My thoughts are with my friends in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Viña del Mar. If you look at my home page, you can see a picture of some of them--the staff of Paniko.cl. Unfortunately, this site, as well as many other Chilean sites, are not working at the moment.

Jamie Gillis

February 22, 2010

Tags: Jamie Gillis

A cultural icon of Jamie Gillis's stature deserves a proper New York Times obit. By "proper" I mean a 2-3 column head, photo, and 1,000 words minimum.

A Valentine from Mexico

February 14, 2010

Tags: Ricardo Otero Mackinney, Nowhere Man, Strawberry Fields

I'd like to share with you a post by the Mexican journalist Ricardo Otero Mackinney about his trip to New York in December. He writes about meeting me in Strawberry Fields, tracking down a copy of Nowhere Man, then coming to my house to have me sign it. The piece is called Fue un martes en Strawberry Fields (It Was a Tuesday in Strawberry Fields).

Venezuelan Interview

February 12, 2010

Tags: Yo Soy John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mark David Chapman, E.A. Moreno-Uribe, Paúl Salazar Rivas

Yesterday, the Venezuelan arts journalist E.A. Moreno-Uribe posted an interview with me on his site, El Espectador Venezolano. I talk about Yoko Ono's sterilized perpetuation of the John Lennon myth, Lennon's assassin, Mark David Chapman, and a new Venezuelan play by Paúl Salazar Rivas, Yo Soy John Lennon (I Am John Lennon).

Nowhere Man to Be Published in Italy

February 10, 2010

Tags: Nowhere Man, The Final Days of John Lennon, Italy, Coniglio

I'm delighted and relieved to announce that an Italian edition of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon will be published this year by Coniglio. This calls for a slice of pizza and a glass of Chianti. Hell--make that a whole pie and a bottle.