it's always wonderful to me when a scumbag gets a break. by break, i mean healthy opportunity. i love it when a broke ass mutha makes it big. and when a dropout gets a great job. and when the losing team sweeps the playoffs. or when a dirtbag street artist gets a prestigious show. i love it because it's kind of like a break for everyone that's on the level. when one buzzard wins, we all win. for example, reader's new show at the lawrimore project in seattle: i went to art school with the guy, we did a couple of collaborative canvases, we were just fuck-up kids with no idea where life would take us...since then, noticing his tags and stickers on many an urban walk, hearing of grandiose burners in precarious places, i know he's been one busy boy, making his mark *illegally* all across the country. and now, seeing his politically poignant work cleanly and formally presented in a room, while simultaneously MOCA in los angeles is hosting the the first major U.S. museum survey of the history of graffiti and street art, Art in the Streets...well, it makes me all giddy. one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.