Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I have read some of him before. A couple of short stories, some journalism, and In Cold Blood, although I don't think I made it through to the end of that last one. I had liked some of what I'd read, but at the same time it was hard to shake the image of him as a proto-reality TV figure. But that's unfair. To say that he was a better writer than Dr. Joyce Brothers was a clinical psychologist is damning with faint praise.
My friend had high praise for "Children On Their Birthdays." This was a new one on me and I wanted to see what he was on about. It is an amazingly well-told story, sort of a turning of the Tom Sawyer/Becky Thatcher courtship on its head.
"My Side of the Matter" is good too. There's a back-and-forth here as to whether you should have any sympathy for the narrator, who is very hard done by if you believe him. It feels like witnessing one half of a battle of unreliable narrators.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
1. The Kinks - Groovy Movies
2. The Beautiful South - I Love You (But You're Boring)
3. Brian Eno - Needles In the Camel's Eye
4. The Magnetic Fields - Torn Green Velvet Eyes
5. Sarah Vaughan - Goodnight My Love
6. Nat King Cole - Non Dementicar
7. TV On the Radio - Province
8. The Decemberists - The Rake's Song
9. David Bowie - Quicksand
10. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Friday, February 22, 2013
"Mack the Knife" sounds very strange in its original German, as compared to the English-language pop versions. This isn't just a cultural thing, as Brecht and Weill were looking to put audiences on edge. The look of early video - mpale and flattened - is strange to the eye. Kovacs was very clever in putting both together for these blackput bits.Anyway, I'm still here. Probably a SatRan10 coming up tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
1. Fol Chen - The Believers
2. Patti Smith Group - Gloria
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Fire
4. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
5. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - This Year's Girl
6. Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five - No (Papa, No)
7. David Bowie - Andy Warhol
8. TV on the Radio - Hours
9. The New Pornogrpaphers - Failsafe
10. Johnny Mathis - It's Not For Me to Say
Thursday, February 14, 2013
A Great Dane, on the other hand, is about as big as any canine that's been on the Earth since the last ice age.
Ferrets are more straightforward. There are no tiger-sized mustellidae. It would be weird if there were.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
But this is an excerpt from A New Human by Mike Morwood. Morwood led the team that discovered homo floresiensis in Indonesia. His work there also encompassed learning about the Manggarai, a tribe native to that part of Flores, and about their view of the world.
Beliefs about the beginning of the world and how life orginated determine many aspects of Manggarai life, including their traditional ceremonies, religious structures and the layout of fields, villages and houses. Like most other people on Flores, the Manggarai are overwhelmingly Catholic, but blend Christian beliefs with traditional adat beliefs that place emphasis on ancestral spirits and offerings. The Manggarai say that the first people emerged out of the strong, versatile bamboo plants on a newly formed Earth, which, after a great collision, was lifted streaming from the sea that covered the entire world. Back then, Earth, the mother, was connected by a vine to the Sky, the father. But mother and father flew apart when a dog bit the vine separating them. Human beings - who are said to have originally had long fur - spirits and animals were closely related to them. Humans became distinguished from other animals and forest spirits by their ability to cultivate plants. Finally, with the use of fire, came rules of eating and rules of marriage, and only then the transformation to human beings.
At first soft and malleable, the Earth hardened as it aged, trapping the impressions of ancestral activites and the sacred rituals associated with them. An ordered pattern of ritual was established, weaving together the connections between world, between clans, between human beings and ancestores, and between humans and the surrounding fields.
This is an elaborate mythology, or part of one, of course. But notably it does contain elements of the truth as we currently understand it, including the solidification of the Earth and the role of patterns in distinguishing matter from other matter. Which suggests that there are numerous paths to knowledge.
Friday, February 8, 2013
1. The Decemberists - Margaret in Captivity
2. Sarah Vaughan - Can't Get Out of This Mood
3. Annie Lennox - Precious
4. Ladytron - Season of Illusions
5. The Kinks - Lavender Hill
6. Los Campesinos! - Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
7. Ben Folds Five - Erase Me
8. The Spiders - I Didn't Want to Do It
9. Grizzly Bear - Cheerleader
10. Brian Eno & David Byrne - Strange Overtones
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Lucky thing? Tomorrow they're predicting an ass-kicking blizzard for the end of the week. To the extent that the place where I work has already announced a 12pm closing. So it looks like I'll have some time on my hands for little projects like that.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
Myself I'm a master of superficially boring silences.
1. TV on the Radio - Tonight
2. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - The Beat
3. Los Campesinos - This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind.
4. Diana Krall - So Nice
5. Brian Eno & David Byrne - I Feel My Stuff
6. The Magnetic Fields - Swinging London
7. Sarah Vaughan - Ooh, What'cha Doin' to Me
8. Ladytron - They Gave You a Heart, They Gave You a Name
9. Patti Smith Group - Redondo Beach
10. The Kinks - King Kong