Sunday, March 19, 2006

Naked History in Original Words read by Scott Walter

We've been on a history kick at Nkd Wrds. Scott Walter read the first paragraph from a document circa 1900 which refers to land which he now lives on up in Unionville, a little suburb of Helena. The Sourvenir Gold Mining Company was trying to peddle some stock so they put out a flier singing the praises of gold mining as the "Most Pleasing, Profitable and Certain of All the Mining Industries in which Capital can be Employed." Here's the first paragraph:

"Gold mining, in all the various conditions and phases that weave about and are a part of the industry, is the most attractive, profitable and certain mining enterprise in which capital, in combination with intelligent experience, can possibly be employed.
The man who recovers gold from its matrix in the primeval rocks is not one whose work lasts for a day or generation; nor is he a mere exchange agent of commodities but, rather, a creator of practically imperishable wealth, as but a fraction of gold produced is irretrievably lost. Gold is ever being converted from utilitarian purposes to those of art and adornment, but only a small percentage finally passes beyond man's control.
From a purely commercial standpoint no industry is so completely independent of all others; especially is this true in the case of the enterprises where gold bullion is produced directly from the ore, as in free milling and cyanide processes. In enterprises of this character no commercial or financial condition nor panic need affect the active prosecution of operations as, throughout the world, gold bullion is absolute currency, exchangeable for labor, necessary supplies and luxuries at its unchageable value of $20 per ounce."

It may just be gold fever, but it's pretty fucking eloquent. (Sorry, I've watched too many episodes of fucking Deadwood, those cocksuckers!)

Friday, March 17, 2006

Nick at Nkd Wrds night!

Among the readers at the latest Naked Words was this energetic gentleman from Bozeman. Other readers included Scott Walker and M. L. Smoker.
This just in: Karen Fisher, who read here last October, has been nominated for an L. A. Times book award for her fine first novel: A SUDDEN COUNTRY.


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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Another Nkd Wrds participant who could use . . . a haircut? A shave? Something to say? Spare change?  Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Decanting the naked word

Wine-pourer extraordinaire, Nathan Mills, will be in Helena tomorrow! Naked Words will occur as usual sometime between 8 and 10.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

View of Nkd Wrds from the video monitor.

Michael Revere returns to Nkd Wrds! Michael read his new long poem, "What Cost Freedom?"

"From Babylon to Bagdad,
the anguish of butchered and slain souls
silently weep black oil and cry dry tears,
from the unrelenting madness and pain
of the never-ending war in the desert."Posted by Picasa

Saturday, March 04, 2006

March 2/Naked Words/Open Mic

Another rapt audience member at NKD WRDS Posted by Picasa