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19

Oct

In the beginning was the Word. Then came the fucking word processor. Then came the thought processor. Then came the death of literature. And so it goes.

Francis Bacon once said, “There arises from a bad and unapt formation of words a wonderful obstruction to the mind.” We have all contributed our wonderful obstructions to the mind, have we not? I more than most. One of the twentieth century’s better, forgotten writers—that is better-comma-forgotten, once bon moted, “I love being a writer. It’s the paperwork I can’t stand.” Get it? Well… I love being a poet. It’s the goddamned words I can’t stand.

Dan Simmons, “The Poet’s Tale: Hyperion Cantos”, in Hyperion

18

Oct

I don’t see no water,
but I’m about to drown.
I don’t see no fire,
but I’m burning down. 


Wilhelm Gause, Ball der Stadt Wien (1904)
I’ll try anything once, The Strokes (2006)
Wilhelm Gause, Ball der Stadt Wien (1904)
I’ll try anything once, The Strokes (2006)

(Source: musiccantouchyou)

17

Oct

openourworld:

View from Mount Everest

openourworld:

View from Mount Everest

ata-raxie:

The Journey, Nepalese Himalaya (by Dave Brosha)

16

Oct

Is Everything in Its Right Place? A (Polite) Dissent to 'Kid A'

Meant to share this when it first got published, but better late than never, I ‘spose.

I recently headed up a special section over at PopMatters on the Best Music of the ’00s. While a lot of publications put out their decade lists right at the end of 2009, we thought taking the time to reflect on our choices was a beneficial move. And while our albums list has plenty of the expected picks, there are also a lot of interesting ones too, one that reflects the unique tastes of our staff.

In the essay linked above, I tackle a subject that has long irked me ever since I got into music criticism: the cult of adoration surrounding Radiohead’s Kid A. While I don’t think it’s a bad record, I think it’s far from the godsend that it’s usually sold as. In this #longread of a piece, I address what for me is my main issue with the record, which for me comes in its cold, esoteric nature, both musically and in the interpretations of the music that have built a near unassailable critical mass. For me, Radiohead’s best achievements are The Bends and OK ComputerKid A for me represents the band’s downturn (see the snooze-inducing Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief).

Note the word “polite” in the title. Unlike the notorious articles by SPIN and Noisey, my piece is meant to challenge the narrative of Kid A but not to suggest that it is terrible. My goal here wasn’t to be contrarian (although as you can tell from one impassioned commenter, many think that I was aiming for that). Rather, I just find the universal exaltation of the album boring, as is the lionization of Radiohead.

15

Oct

Bless me, ghosts of winter,
for you have made me stronger,
to face this day and ever nights,
further north our paths will go.
South is burning, east is vast,
west is dying fast.
But as I leave,
my heart holds no fear;
I know there’s nothing from here.

Swallow the Sun
"April 14th"
Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
2012

When doom metal lyrics become a prayer.

Women You Should Follow on Tumblr

I was aimlessly scrolling through my Tumblr favorites, and realized that the best blogs I follow are all run by women. Is this because women are superior to men? Well, I mean, yes. They’ve been putting up with men’s shit for a good long time, after all. (In case you can’t tell, I’ve been seething over the idiocy/general terribleness of GamerGate.) 

Anywhozle, this is like #FF on Twitter, but not. You should definitely follow…

in other words: My friend Kaiya has got a fierce Tumblr game. Moreover, her kitten Scout might have the most expressive face I’ve seen on a cat. If nothing else, follow for Scout. But you should definitely follow it for Kaiya, because she’s great.

there we have been: To paraphrase a memorable recent tweet, “Melancholy is the kind of sadness that says yes to life.” No better illustration of this quotation exists on Tumblr than my friend Bekah’s blog, which features lots of beautiful writing (both of others and her own), gloomy winter shots, and lots of sea images (hence her URL, seastral.) I love everything about this Tumblr’s aesthetic.

Sass? I got your Sass: With a title like that, how could you not? My friend Gabee is a true charmer. Plus, she does all these cool things with phhhoto that I don’t even understand how to do.

Strong Female Character: If you’re into the many Tumblr fandoms, following my friend Valerie is basically a requirement. While I’m not such a person, I do admire her sass, smarts, and her posts about feminism.

Welcome to My Life: In case my music tastes on this blog haven’t already made it evident, I’m a sucker for lovelorn stuff, which my friend Hillary displays a lot of on her fine Tumblr. Also, this recent post of hers is as good a pictorial representation could be of why I love this time of year.

C’est La Vie: My friend Veronica is an incredible artist (and a burgeoning YouTube personality, as I’m sure some of you will recognize). Go look at the pretty things she makes—and buy them, too

Health ATTACK!: My friend Morgan’s blog has a lot of great things on it (including some great gifs of dogs), but in case the all-caps of the blog title didn’t make it clear already, there are also lots of very tantalizing pictures of really healthy foods, all of which serve to remind me of how slovenly I can be. But, we need motivation to eat better, do we not? And when it looks as good as it does on this blog, then, it sure feels a lot easier to do.

I follow lots of other great female Tumblr-ers (sp?) (looking at you, sweetdreamsalways and standinthewind), but the ones above just happen to have had the most posts I’ve like. All of these folks are great, and you should follow them pronto. My PSA for the evening

my-teen-quote:

Teen? Love Quotes?

Great moment in a fine film.

my-teen-quote:

Teen? Love Quotes?

Great moment in a fine film.