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Apr212021

Thinking About: “EMPIRE OF PAIN, GRUNGE, BRIDESMAIDS, APRIL 19th”

 

  • Was the grunge revolution racist? Meaning was the longing for a return to some notion of guitar-based rock music based on a toppling of pop and hip-hop and music mostly made by black and brown people.

 

 

  • Also something about the writing team behind it. Would love to speak with Kristin Wiig and Annie Momolo about the BRIDESMAIDS screenplay and the difference between writing comedy for cinema v. TV.

 

 

  • What does Jewish Geography mean when we include Jews of color and jews outside the synagogue/youth group/summer camp cartel?

 

  • The movie HIGH FIDELITY caused us as a culture to tragically misjudge the talents of Jack Black. SCHOOL OF ROCK rectified the situation but only somewhat.

 

Jan122021

Quote of the Day: “Unsolved in your heart”

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”

 

Rainer Maria Rilke

Jan112021

Daily Links: Today in Tabs, Fashion During COVID, Bicycles and Goats.

Today in Tabs, the world’s greatest weird-stuff-on-the-internet newsletter,  is back. Subscribe for free and witness the hilarios genius of my old friend Rusty Foster

— “How the press can hold Trump’s enablers—and itself—to account” [CJR]

“The Year Without Clothes” is New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme’s brilliant assessment of what “fashion” means when no one can leave the house.

— URL’s, like plants, are part of a living system. Which means someday, they will die. A great point . [Maya.Land]

— There’s going to be a Season 2 of Zoey’s Infinite Playlist? Really? [Paste]

— Bicycle ownership around the word is booming [BBC].  (via Clive Thompson)

“Militarizing the Police was a Failure” — Cory Doctorow breaks down just how badly.

— “How Music Persisted During the Pandemic” [Pitchfork]

Culture Type: “An essential resource focused on visual art from a Black perspective” could open up and swallow me whole and I wouldn’t mind.

— Leading the comeback of vinyl records…goats!

Jan112021

A Wish for 2021: “We are the Ones”

A poem for New Year’s Day…
Sunrise over America
“And who will join this standing up
and the ones who stood without sweet company
will sing and sing 
back into the mountains and
if necessary
even under the sea
we are the ones we have been waiting for”
June Jordan  (i.e. one of my heroes)

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