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Wanted: Oral Hygienist for Gift Horse Dentist

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, music, poetry, random, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , , , , on 09/07/2011 by alex c

Everyone knew someone who had wandered aimlessly and ended up a jackass.

–Jennifer Michael Hecht, Doubt: A History

Oh, there they are, the sirens. I heard all the yelling, I can still hear it faintly. A couple hours ago there were two gunshots and then a dog barked. There’s no way to know, here in my apartment, whether the events were at all related. I still hear yelling, mostly young female voices. They could be having fun, the sirens have been muted if they’re still around. That was about two minutes ago. On a slightly different note, for the past few days I’ve been reading about Doubt yet listening to the music of metaphysical French Satanists. Don’t quiz me, I don’t understand metaphysics. I was never good enough at maths to get far in normal physics, but I at least understand the concepts. Except anything quantum, which we’re not supposed to understand, unless you’re a quack, in which case you can relate it to spiritual matters. And that brings us back to metaphysics, doesn’t it. Well, the yelling has ceased. Maybe somebody got stabbed. I’d rather not be stabbed, but I guess it’s not necessarily something I get to choose when it comes down to it. I get stabbed or I don’t get stabbed. Hopefully somebody yells.

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Maine Blueberry Porn

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, random, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , on 09/05/2011 by alex c

My father picked these in an hour on our relatives’ ranch. I kinda hope that at some point in my life I am given the opportunity to swim in a giant vat of blueberries (Maine variety preferred). Then, after I’m done swimming, the blueberries are baked into sundry delectables that only I will eat because nobody wants to eat blueberries that I swam in. Everybody wins, but mostly I win.

The Gif that Keeps on Giffing

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, people to watch for, random, the universe will wreck you with tags , , on 08/30/2011 by alex c

“All very well to talk about having a monster by the tail. . .”

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, random, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , on 08/03/2011 by alex c

“Go ahead, capitalize the T on technology, deify it if it’ll make you feel less responsible—but it puts you in with the neutered, brother, in with the eunuchs keeping the harem of our stolen Earth for the numb and joyless hardons of human sultans, human elite with no right at all to be where they are—”

—Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

An Interesting Thing I Noticed on a Jet to Nirvana

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, music with tags , , , , , , on 08/01/2011 by alex c

Was just reading a couple-month-old post by Matt Hart over at Coldfront in their Poets Off Poetry series. He starts off discussing an old Jawbreaker song (one I didn’t know because I only have For Your Own Special Sweetheart, which happens to be incredible) and then in a sort-of aside, makes mention of later Blake Schwarzenbach outfit, Jets to Brazil (who I had heard of but never listened to). Here’s the song, “I Typed for Miles”:

Notice anything familiar about that opening phrase?

I assume “I Typed for Miles” was done as a deliberate homage to “Heart-shaped Box” because it’s an uncanny similarity. The two songs diverge pretty drastically after the intro riff, but whatever, that’s not really what’s important.

Okay, go back to whatever you were doing before.

“I even lie down and roll on it.”

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, random with tags , , on 06/21/2011 by alex c

“At first I perform these actions with an ironic air, like a person with free will, who is doing something wrong or absurd for her own reasons. But the feeling comes over me that there is very little difference between doing something ironically and just doing it.”

—Shelley Jackson, “Phlegm”, The Melancholy of Anatomy

Manuel DeLanda Lecture on Deleuze

Posted in interesting things that caught my attention, the universe will wreck you with tags , , , , , on 06/07/2011 by alex c

Today Ken Baumann and Christopher Higgs posted a pretty thorough primer on Gilles Deleuze over at HTMLGiant. They discuss his work a bit and also provide resources for further exploration. A few years ago I tried to read A Thousand Plateaus, but being unfamiliar with non-linear writing at the time, didn’t really know what to do with the text. Less long ago I read Manuel DeLanda’s mind-smashing A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History and experienced a sort of epiphanic autodidact moment in which I came to the conclusion, “oh…OH!”

DeLanda knows his Deleuze and is able to explicate Deleuze-ian concepts with ease and lucidity. I’ve yet to have a second go at any Deleuze, but I plan on it, especially after watching this DeLanda lecture that Higgs posted in its entirety. The first part is posted below to give a little taste. I just listened and used it as a writing prompt, which yielded some interesting results. That’s always a fun project, but do with it as you see fit, it’s really fascinating and inspiring.