>> Tuesday, May 26, 2009

as an addendum to my previous post on snuggies, I would like to add this compelling bit of news:

Weezer's blanket statement

yessss an officially licenced Weezer Snuggie! This plus Tina Fey repping the slanket makes me feel so good about my life choices.



>> Wednesday, May 20, 2009

this is my poorly-lit photo of the next several books I plan to read. Many are books I ordered off amazon in a fit of desperate procrastination at 4am on a Tuesday sometime last March and then never read, because apparently I wasn't quite that desperate to procrastinate. The rest were picked up at BMV on a particularly nice evening after seeing the new Wilco concert doc (the night I decided to learn to play the guitar).

The mix is a little weird, by which I mean it's not that varied...normally I like a lot of contrast. But I also think I will enjoy all of these. I am especially looking forward to Watership Down, which may or may not be moved up in the list depending on how badly I crave the whimsy.

Oh and read this if you haven't. Not only is the cover beautiful (to me, the illustration is very typically Bengali) but it's a beautifully-written story, set during the time of the civil war and separation of Bangladesh from Pakistan.

recommendations for August are also welcome


you can keep tomorrow, after tonight we're not gonna need it

>> Friday, May 8, 2009

No Surrender
Outlaw Pete
She's the One
Working on a Dream
Johnny 99
The Ghost of Tom Joad (rounding out the trio of recession songs)
Raise Your Hand
E Street Shuffle
Prove It All Night
Louie Louie
(sign requests)
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
Racing in the Street
Kingdom of Days (for Patti)
Radio Nowhere
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born to Run
* * *
Hard Times
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Land of Hope and Dreams
American Land
Rosalita (just for me)
Glory Days


four dead in Ohio.

>> Monday, May 4, 2009

I was thinking about this a few weeks back because of a joke made on 30 Rock. Normally, I am all for poking fun at just about anything un-PC (the Phil Spector joke killed...pun intended). But for some reason I feel very strange about the reference to the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State university. I remember listening to a documentary on it a few years back. Something about the whole event seemed so eerie and shocking, like the kind of thing that should not happen in America. The event remains controversial to this day - in part because the issue of who caused what has never been decided and none of the National Guardsmen who fired on the student protesters (killing four and wounding nine) has ever been convicted of a crime.

Then I think of how this event fits into the political and popular context of the time. A turning point, the end of the 60s - a time when people's belief in their ability to effect change had been worn down by Vietnam, Nixon, and the failure of peace and love and hippie folk music to accomplish all that it was supposed to.



Also of note: yesterday was Pete Seeger's 90th birthday.


I do not hook up.

>> Sunday, May 3, 2009

this is what a popular academic looks like.

Thanks, Dick. I wish I was intelligent/famous enough to write an in-depth treatise on Toronto's success as a diverse city that is really just an intro to an excerpt that someone else wrote, plus a comment agreeing with it completely (and re-quoting it to really drive the point home). If I wanted to read Will Wilkinson I would just do that. Continue sucking up to Toronto, though, I think it's working.


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