The Mechanics & Mystery of Top 40 Lists by bart plantenga

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“The list could surely go on, and there is nothing more wonderful than a list, instrument of wondrous hypotyposis.”  • Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

bart plantenga 

On daily to-do list: add ‘hypotyposis’ [vivid picturesque description] to long vocabulary list.

1bart1I started following Top 40 lists on pop radio stations when I was 8. Some are fascinated by the patterns we see in the stars, some in why autumn leaves turn brown, why love affairs go sour, why males are driven crazy by women’s breasts and why some bet on football games or collect Barbies in their original packaging, I was interested in the order of pop music.

I kept my own lists, ear flush to my red transistor, listening to ABC-AM or the WMCA “Good Guys” waiting for the announcement of the next song, scribbling it down in it’s position in the Top 40 on a lined page with a flashlight propped up on my pillow. I stole 9v batteries from the Acme Super Market to keep the radio going late into the night as if turning it off might mean missing a secret message from the ether about my place in the universe or a mantra that will lead to a level of nirvana accorded only the nerdy among us.

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Wordslabs by Randee Silv

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Wordslabs

by Randee Silv

 
 

"A Slow Follow", Copyright © Randee Silv, 2016

“A Slow Follow”, Copyright © Randee Silv, 2016

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Crime and Punishment by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

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Crime and Punishment

by Jeffrey Cyphers Wright

 
 

"Judy, mixed media, 6x4", 2015", Copyright © Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, 2016

“Judy, mixed media, 6×4″, 2015”, Copyright © Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, 2016

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Enigma: Art & Evolution of Michael Alan’s Living Installation by Mark McCawley

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Enigma: Art & Evolution

of Michael Alan’s

Living Installation

 

a photo review

by Mark McCawley

 
 

"Live music with tim Love Lee, Pearl necklace, and Mike Ogaltree", Photo Copyright © 2016 Hubert Burchardt

“Live music with tim Love Lee, Pearl necklace, and Mike Ogaltree”, Photo Copyright © 2016 Hugh Burchardt

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The Wind by Philip Quinn

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The Wind

by Philip Quinn

 
 

Photo Copyright © Erik La Prade, 2015

Photo Copyright © Erik La Prade, 2015

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