Selected Visitor Comments (2002)

Here’s a “greatest hits” collection of e-mail from years past. Click on the “e-mail” heading above right to send mail to us!
Note: Our latest threads for the year 2005 and beyond are now in our Blog.

Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 08:53:34 -0500
From: “Lorette . Luzajic” <>

Hello! We are pleased to announce that Issue Four of Idea Museum has launched at It's the biggest and best issue yet, with art from all over the world: Scotland, Nigeria, Hungary, the States, Canada, and more. We have celebrated artist Valentin Popov, photographer Neill Sturgess, Voodoo Doll art with Holly Thomas, and more. We also have an interview with bestselling author Tom Harpur, horror movies, Scrabble, art marketing, depression, and more, more, more. Check it out and be surprised by the fastest growing magazine on the Internet. Let us know what you think!

Lorette C. Luzajic, B.A.A.
editor and art director

“modern anthropology for artists and other anomalies”


Date: 11/04/2002



Edited by Michelle R. Dunlap, Ph.D.

Essays (as well as prose, poetry, lyrics, documents, photographs, and art) are being solicited for an anthology tentatively titled, Shopping While Black: True Stories of Trauma and Triumph in Malls and Marketplaces. This will be an edited volume of compelling essays written in a conversational style that alerts the public, business owners, managers, staff, security, and law enforcement to what many minority shoppers and their allies experience and witness while trying to do something as simple as shop.

The collection may include, but is not limited to: accounts of inappropriate profiling of minorities; accounts of rude, dangerous or violent behavior by customers, staff or other personnel; experiences of biased scrutiny and monitoring; experiences of being falsely accused of trespassing, stealing, disorderly conduct, or breach of peace; or other instances of inappropriate (or appropriate) behavior by staff, law enforcement, or shoppers in the mall or other marketplaces. The primary mission of the book is to sensitize a wide audience to these issues, provide support and resources for victims and advocates, and present ideas for preventing the problem of negative treatment of minorities in the marketplace.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information please see the Connecticut College website.


Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2002 00:57:59 -0500
From: (Lance Fung Gallery, 537 Bway NYC 10012)


Contact Lance Fung (212) 334-6242

P O E T  W A L K (The Diamond Forest)



J E S S I C A  H I G G I N S

6 November–10 December, 2002 at
Lance Fung Gallery, 537 Broadway

Reception for the Artist: Wednesday, 6 November, 6–8 PM

Lance Fung Gallery is proud to exhibit Poet Walk (The Diamond Forest) a large scale intermedia project making a radical transfer of text into space. In this one woman show artist Jessica Higgins extends ideas of textual organization beyond the two dimensional constructs associated with the page or pattern poetry, and the book or architecture of concision. Here the artist’s “text” takes the form of a forest of haikus suspended on threads under branches in diamond formations allowing for a non sequential reading of text and space simultaneously, much like the experience of reading space in a forest.

The viewer encounters suspended branches framing a forest of hanging text particles derived from original haiku works Ms. Higgins brings to the installation. As we move through the space, new texts randomly occur before us. The traditional five seven five metrics of Haiku are mapped to triangular zones of poem-space. Her background in Performance Art and Installation informs a graceful viewer interaction in a diamond forest of signs and references.

Committed to working with the essentials of art in unique ways, Jessica Higgins’ work is grounded in intermedia, site-specific installation, and performance. On occasion she has included olfactory elements to provide multi-sensory dimensions. Additionally in Poet Walk she exhibits clear boxes termed “thought assemblages.” They contain ideas or notions as miniature installation works in small structures serving as shelter.

Her interest in the metaphysical results in a unique combination of materials, thought and expression of structure. “My installations express feelings and ideas through personal and physical connections with unusual people, objects and materials.” Accordingly she also presents a shrine entitled Blue Pilgrimage, which houses palm sized objects brought to her by the other Lance Fung Gallery artists during a pilgrimage to a building in Upstate New York. The building exists on a site known to the public as Poet’s Walk. The ritual is documented within the shrine on a palm sized video monitor housed along with the objects.

With Poet Walk, The Diamond Forest, Jessica Higgins broadens a dialogue around book, page, action and space taking place between many global participants such as concrete and pattern poets, American intermedia publications and the thriving legacy of Poland’s urban anthologies. The show opens Wednesday, November 6, 2002 6-8 pm at Lance Fung Gallery, 537 Broadway NYC.

Lance Fung Gallery 537 Broadway New York, New York 10012
Tel 212, 334, 6242 Fax 212, 966, 0439


Date: 25 Sep 2002 19:54:54 -0000
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From: (Michael Birnbaum)
Subject: Visitor Space Mail

Thanks for your web site with the stories of Mance Lipscomb. I met Mance back in the 1960s, and performed with him at various venues back in those days (you can hear me as second guitar on his Arhoolie Vol. 5 record).

I noticed that some of your words to “Captain Captain” were in error. Once you get to know Mance’s speech patterns and his antiquated language (with many words developed in the 19th century), you can understand him better.

In the verse, Mance (i.e., the singer) “looked all around the whole corral”—but he couldn’t find a Mule with “his shoulder well.” The metaphor and the irony is that the Mules are being worked to injury and death, as are the men. The men are in a double bind—they can’t work because of the ill-treated Mules, but they are also in trouble if they don’t keep working.

I wonder if you have transcribed other songs of Mance. It would be a worthwhile project to put on the Web, to document. I worry that those of us who knew Mance will die off before what we learned in turn from our elders is passed to the next generation.

Best wishes,

EDITOR’S NOTE: Special thanks to Michael Birnbaum for correcting my transcription of the lyrics to Captain Blues (see photo at left). He actually met and played with Mance Lipscomb and lives to tell about it!


Date: December 5, 2002 at 00:28:07
Subject: Visitor Space Mail

I stumbled across your site searching for an “African American” publishing company. No doubt with a name like the I was intrigued to say the least. I admire your uniqueness, and your ability to stay within the boundaries of our culture without compromising your integrity. Thank you for your positivity, “We need more brotha’s such as yourself.”

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