Thus ends the debate on Taylor Swift →
When I am caught in the pivot of this song, I can’t help but feel I carry a card in the immoral generation you describe, B. If LiveJournal counts, I’ve been blogging since I was 15. I’ve been blogging seriously since 18, employing “meaningful prose” and exegesis where I once gathered deposits of the day’s slack efforts. I “overshare.” It’s good writing by Brad. Still, I can’t...
Four Loko Test →
My headphones cannot get any louder. I can say with 100% objective validity that the inability for your headphones to get any louder is sign #1 that you’re loco for four loko. That stuff makes you wish all the dials went to eleven. That said, I think if the testor had paced himself a little bit more, he could have finished four. I’ve never drank more than two, but I feel like after...
“Dear John” (Alternate Version) To...
Disagree to Agree: Part 3! →
The one where I push back hard over Taylor Swift, calling her the goldendoodle of musicians. The one where I do not really say Taylor Swift is a terrorist, but you could make that (leaping) inference. I’m not sure that a dearth of self-awareness should be the marquee attribute of your singer-songwriter type. And, therefore, I think you’ve again proved my point about Swift (or her record, at...
I happen to have two native English dialects — the SWE [I’m assuming he...– The essay of David Wallace on usage is part of why I think it’s “check in at,” to be honest. Checking in at and being at seem analogous. I think of the ontology of Foursquare as being locational rather than commercial—although I realize that ontology probably goes against its...
Alex Balk: On language. →
Cho and I got into a VERY HEATED DISCUSSION over whether one checks in “to” or “at” a location with Foursquare. I insisted on “at.’ Cho vociferously disagreed and called me old. Now my feelings are hurt and I still don’t know which is correct. By the way, Cho would badly like you to go here… (alexbalk) You’re being bewitched by language! You can be “in a place,” sure....
Continental philosophy is philosophy which takes things that ‘stand...– Second Balcony (via collegefail) This really is a neat distinction, I suppose. Although I think you could also say that analytic philosophy sees more things as standing out.
A dream (sorry)
I had this involved dream last night. (I know!) I may have been in my old office. My old boss gave me a small wooden box, like a cigar box, of CDs. And then Chuck Klosterman and I talked about Die Antwood for a really long time. Klosterman said he had never seen any of the videos, and I was like, You have to see the videos. I started looking for them on YouTube, and I told him about...
Brad Nelson on Taylor Swift →
Taylor Swift is mean. Taylor Swift is also nice, especially when nice things happen to her. Or when more obscure pleasures, perhaps unrealized, announce themselves—the exact chemistry of a night light or a green eye, or what tethers 2 a.m. to anxiety. But is she evil? We’ll find out.
The other thing I wrote about Runaway →
The editorial description nails it: “Kanye West continues to fascinate B Michael Payne.” And that’s it! At least until the album comes out -or- Kanye West does something crazy like cloning himself or buying a pirate ship.
"Disagree to Agree"
The idea of 10 Listen’s new series “Disagree to Agree”1 is to have two people exchange brief essays on a record or artist. The inaugural version of “Disagree to Agree” deals with Taylor Swift’s Speak Now. Brad Nelson and I will be discussing the album for the rest of the week. He loves it. I hate it: What the songs seem to get at—significantly,...
Kanye West “My Dark Fantasy” Hah. I...
Kanye West is now Björk, essentially.– The Garland Grey, saying what we (read: me) are all thinking.
On Kanye’s Runaway Film (Updated) (Updated 4 Life)
The Runaway film happened. On three TV channels, which are kind of like one TV channel, but that’s still impressive. I think. I don’t have cable. It offers, if my memory serves correctly, a univoca dissemination of media that forces the public to be passive receptors in simultaneity. That seems impressive. I watched it on YouTube, though, The music is clearly the best part of the...
Right Click + "Toggle Fullscreen..." = Kanye's... →
Admitting when life is complicated or things aren’t shiny and happy all the time...– This piece by Merlin Mann is one of the most labyrinthian, up-and-down, is-this-good-or-shitty?, yet transcendentally whoazers this piece is bananas!!! pieces I’ve read in quite some time. It’s worth a browse/read/Instapaper/reblog, you know?
Tomboyfriend “The End Of Poverty” ...
Absurdist Media: Did Kanye West steal the artwork... →
The one where I say Bieber coulda been a good... →
For instance, thinking Kick Out The Jams is “one of MC5′s weaker tunes actually”...– Continuing my “curation” of funny/good things other people wrote is this selection from No Chorus.
Until this episode, I’d thought of myself as a working-class girl who’d happened...– It’s a good way to start the morning, reading Zadie Smith.
No homo. Well, I don’t know. Maybe homo. No phobo.– Heems
LBing DR o WFMU cont
DJ/Rupture: A track of yours was just played on Hot 97? Ad: We gotta get our ascap on on that one.
Liveblogging Das Racist on WFMU
Heems: Waka Flaka is from Queens. People like Kanye and Drake make rap seem more authentic, and make it so acts like us could get played on rap radio. AD: Peak oil. Kanye’s using all the oil.
Whatever, the world is a cold unkind shitty place. I know. It sucks. Maybe you shouldnt’a bought so much McD’s. IN ANY CASE. Pay attention to this video at the 1:10. The newslady reaches this crescendo of melodramatic affectation that results in her making the word “paramedic” sound really funny. I rewinded this video a bunch of times to hear it because it’s really...
I finally have a good forum for my... →
So you guys don’t have to read them now if you don’t want to.
Shawty Mane “Speaking In Tongues” ...
He was in trouble from the very beginning of his career. Look at photographs of...– This piece on (then) sixty-nine year-old ping pong master Marty Reisman was posted to Deadspin by Katie Baker. It’s one of the most interesting things I’ve ever read.
We know Mark Knopfler’s working-class antihero is a thicky because he...– An interesting offshoot of Merlin’s Dire Straights post is this Christgau nugget I found through the Wikipedia grapevine.