MonthJune 2005

BrickJournal

- An independant LEGO magazine, full issue free to download

Songs with clearly-staged banter

Roger Joseph Manning Jr’s absolutely obscene credits listing

“Hi, I played on everything, ever.”

Houdini and Detroit

     I just saw Neko Case at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit. In the middle of the set, she mentioned that she had heard that Houdini had died in the theatre. I’ve heard the same story a number of times in the past, and I also remember hearing a few other bands mention it from the stage, so maybe someone affiliated with the Majestic complex is spreading the story.

     At any rate, it’s not true. The basic sequence of events was:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19th – Punched in the stomach in Montreal

  • Sunday, Oct. 24th – Performed last show at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit
  • Monday, Oct. 25th – Hospitalized
  • Sunday, Oct. 31st – Died at Grace Hospital, Room 401

     This stuff is all pretty easily google-able — I used the ‘Houdini in the New York Times‘ section of houdinimuseum.org for the timeline above. There’s even an entire site devoted to Mr. Houdini’s death. The site in question is hosted by Geocities, so it could go down without any warning, but it’s worth noting that it includes photos of the Garrick Theatre and Grace Hospital; a copy of the death certificate; newsreel footage of the funeral (mpg); and recollections of the final show.

     Detroitfunk (one of my favorite Detroit-centric websites) recently posted an entry with present day photos of the surviving landmarks of the story (here). Actually, I just found this entry on Motorcityrocks which mentions the Majestic rumor and correctly identifies the Garrick Theater as the site of Houdini’s last show, so this entire exercise was futile. Bah.

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Author of the Anarchist Cookbook on his changed views

and inability to dissociate his name from the work due to copyright nuance.

I finally finished all 100 puzzles in Polarium for the DS. Now what?

Polarium-puzzles.com offers dozens of user-submitted puzzles

Bjork and Matthew Barney team up on 2+ hour feature.

Site features playable samples from the soundtrack. And people called Bjork weird BEFORE.

Brick Magazine auctions manuscript pages, other ephemera from contemporary authors.

Including a draft of Jonathan Letham’s excellent ‘Beards.’

ILM: Obvious mistakes in released recordings

Ben Mildenhall’s Nintendo-themed Lego mosaics.

Two great tastes, etc.

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