I was standing on the subway platform yesterday listening to Goblin. Most of the...– Unfollow Friday: Me quoting me on Goblin at Nerd Collider.
The Questionable Intent of Bill Keller's Genius... →
I woke up groggy. The sun is shining. Cars are driving. And then (yeah, checking Tumblr today was pretty early in my wake-up routine), yeah then what do I see? I see that Foster renounced Odd Future. I don’t think Tyler’s homophobic, and I don’t think he’s violent. But after reading Kelefa Sanneh’s New Yorker piece on Odd Future, I don’t think he’s entirely aware of what he’s doing, and to...
But the example of Homer, Shakespeare, and others does suggest that aesthetic...– John Gardiner This passage reminds me of the old saw, That’s fine for Merlin. It also seems like terribly abstract advice for writing. I like it.
A Planet Without Square-Enix →
Speaking of nerd stuff, the divisive Tim Rogers has a lengthy piece on why Square-Enix sucks. It speaks to me, since sucking isn’t the sole provenance of the video game industry, and, in fact, lots of popular things suck… Says Rogers, Here’s what I know for sure about Square-Enix. I know that I loved the Final Fantasy games, as a child. Final Fantasy I, IV, VI, VII, and...
The New Inquiry: The Post-Colonial Space Opera →
thenewinquiry: A Review of China Míeville’s Embassytown By W. Andrew Shephard Over the course of a career which has produced eight novels, a collection of short fiction and, a non-fiction book on Marxist theory, China Míeville has amassed a considerable following for his distinct brand of socially aware speculative fiction. Every time I think I’m done with nerd stuff, I see some...
The Marshall Mathers LP, A Late Capsule Review
Sometimes, we revisit albums from our past that for whatever reason become extremely relevant, again. Such an revisitation requires either a book-length project, or, more realistically, some brief, stupid crap on Tumblr. This is one such thing. Bravo. Eminem finally works up the courage to publicly excoriate gays and women on an album… It’s probably not for nothing that one of the...
Shabazz Palaces “Blast It” This video’s been around for a few weeks, but it bears watching if you haven’t, yet. Shabazz is so amazing these days, and this song isn’t even from these days. It’s from back then. Or at least a little while ago. Oh yeah. #SEOcontentALERT The opening of this video kind of reminds me of the opening of Tree of Life director Terrence...
But we kid ourselves if we try to confine either the sexual behavior, or the...– Moe Tkacik at Reuters. There comes a point when something like an “international global conspiracy” (posited by defenders of those like Assange and Strauss-Kuhn) is not a conspiracy but is, rather, the booted heel of the cultural hegemony. I thought Tkacik’s allusion to Freedom...
Young Ladies Shot On Their Bike From My Bike, Amsterdam, Milan & Copenhagen– The Sartorialist -or- Deranged Gunman?
Listicle: Bon Iver Songs In Descending Order of...
“Lisbon, OH” “Calgary” “Michicant” “Hinnom, TX” “Minnesota, WI” “Wash.” “Towers” “Perth”
After suppressing whatever effect 9/11 had on me—an effect that seems...– It’s Himanshu Heems Suri at Guernica Mag
I take back (or would like to, rather, take back) every bad or cross thing I’ve said about both Bon Iver and Lady Gaga. Sophomore albums are hard, and these mother fuckers did it good.
(My one change is that I don’t think his songs are novelties; I think they’re...– A Snack and an Ego Stroke: Me vs. The Crowd at Childish Gambino I came across this post on Twitter and it hit on something bouncing around my head that I haven’t been able to articulate. I saw the Donald Glover / Childish Gambino show Friday night and came out of it thinking that it was fun and...
33 Women Music Critics You Need To Read →
marathonpacks: perpetua: This is very much the tip of the iceberg. Where’s Amanda Petrusich? And Molly Lambert? Liz Colville? Jillian Crowther? Daniella Joseph? Calamity Pop? Lindsay Hood? Tess Lynch? Taylor Long? Jessica Suarez? Jessica Hopper? Jenn Pelly? Arianna Stern? Rachael Maddux? Sady Doyle? A lot of my favorite music criticism by women flies under the radar because it’s not enmeshed...
33 Women Music Critics You Need To Read →
A great list! (Unrepentantly paginated into infinity…)
I felt overwhelmed, and I needed a break. In the back, the area Tyler had...– Emma Carmichael, who, pace Latoya Peterson, works at Deadspin.
Das Racist - URC (v1.1)
nehrujackets: dasracistilluminati: The Illuminati Bootleg - Unreleased / Remixes / Collaborations Release date: April 14, 2011 (first update: April 24, 2011) Download it here shoutsout daplib for this! all our unreleased music at one place! Das Racist is the only internet-based hip-hop collective I’m interested in.
I don’t mind paying for The New Yorker. Those diereses don’t grow on treeses…
If the charges are proved correct, the tragedy is that Mr Strauss-Kahn was in...– The Economist No. I believe, if the charges are proved correct, the tragedy will be that Strauss-Kahn will have locked a woman in a room and raped her.
Things To Do
Things To Do Instead of Reading This Blog Post—Be Forewarned: Anything else. Things To Do Instead of Writing About That Music: Anything else. Things To Do Instead of Writing About Your Feelings: Anything else. Things To Do Instead of Worrying About That One Thing: Anything else. Things To Do Instead of Complaining About Some Inequity: Anything else. Things To Do Instead of...
When will misogynistic and homophobic ranting and raving result in meaningful...– Sara Keirsten Quin, of Tegan and Sara. Click through for the rest of an open letter. (Via @1000timesyes.) Ok. This is the time of day when I trade in a 21” display and a reasonable input method for a 3” piece of glass. This post also breaks my three day public silence on OF, on a...
Have you ever used the word “faggot” in a derogatory way? I have. Probably did...– A Scouting Life That’s an interesting perspective! I don’t think I necessarily strongly disagree with you. Two points: I’m fairly certain, like five nines certain, that I’ve never called anyone a f——, and I may never have even said the word out loud....
All right, faggot, how you doing? Sorry. I called him a ‘faggot.’ I...– Louis C.K. As a person who’s on record for loving Louis C.K. and his use of (and love for) language, I just wanted to post this as a companion piece to that image that’s getting reblogged a lot about Louis C.K. and gay marriage.1 I don’t really know what to make of the above, or...
The silver shadow where the line falls grey and pearly the unborn villages...– I read this Adrienne Rich poem waiting for some water to boil this morning, and the line “like scissors flung into the next century” has stuck with me all day. That’s a good line. And maybe… the notion of a good line is what this poem is about?
On Bill Simmons and Grantland →
I was originally not going to reblog this because (god, who cares why someone would or would not reblog something) I like a lot of the people involved with Grantland, and whatever. #media4->LIFE. However, this is a well-written hit piece, and I still have that anti-Simmons gene lounging around one of my helices. Here’s a choice quote: Creating a culture site when you essentially have...
Geeking Out Over Big Boi + Modest Mouse →
I wrote some analytic music fan/fic about the possible Big Boi + Modest Mouse collab. It’s nice/cool writing about people who are good at stuff.
On Odd Future On Feministe →
The music internets are leaking into the feminist internets.
I was thinking about this in the shower.
It’s a steampunk telenovela cartoon rendered from woodblock prints. It’s called S&P: 2001. Its plot centers on a group of intrepid artisanal day traders on a reïmagined mercantile exchange whose goods are diagrammed sentences. (S&P = Subjects & Predicates.) One of the characters is an empathic robot dog clearly based on Deanna Troi, from Star Trek: TNG.