Alex Chilton, the singer and guitarist of influential ’70s band Big Star, died today. if you don’t know his music, this is your wake-up call. [Big Star - Stroke It, Noel] [Big Star - September Gurls] [Elliott Smith - Thirteen (Big Star cover)] [The Replacements - Alex Chilton]
happy March 17th
this is a true story that happened at the Greyhound station in Seattle on Christmas Eve, 2006 man: are you Irish? me: no. man: are you sure? you got red hair and a green coat. me: I’m sure. but thank you.
Heads Up - Hello, Columbus - NYTimes.com →
on the other hand, every weekend brings more press about my hometown…
Michael Dickman - Spring 2009 Feature - The... →
the poem contained in the above link, written by Portland poet Michael Dickman, is pretty cool. and… he’s a twin! (just like Alanis)
it seems that a lot of people I know have come upon hard times recently. here are three songs that really helped me in times when I felt like, “I’ve fallen in love & graduated from college & I still don’t know what my life’s about or even who I am anymore & also The Man is bringing me down more than ever.” so yeah, what I’m saying is, “The...
UT-Austin acquires DFW papers →
if this isn’t a surefire sign that my destiny lies in Austin, I don’t know what is. maybe it’s time to get that partially-Foster Wallace-inspired tattoo I’ve been planning. &/or to read Infinite Jest.
here’s an in-depth interview with Weev, in which Corrupt.com gets him to explain more about the worldview expressed in the NYT magazine article. a sample: “the only thing keeping us deriding furries on the Internet instead of going to their furry conventions and rapidly exterminating them is the Jewish influence upon society.” one thing about Weev that’s funny to...
Malwebolence - The World of Web Trolling →
It’s not that I do this because I hate them. I do this because I’m trying to save them. this is a really interesting New York Times article from a couple of years ago, written by Mattathias Schwartz. I love this kind of long-form journalism because the means & methods of writing & researching are as interesting as the topic itself: trolls. and the questions trolling raises about justice...
A History of Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane... →
It’d be cool if the theme of the show ends up being “All gods murder you.– —Dan Hopper in this week’s BWE Lost recap [welcome to Spoilertown, population you] Lost is the first nerd fandom I’ve embraced wholeheartedly, but the fandom is a big part of why I love it so much. & by that, I mean I love it when really funny people describe to me things I...
total sexy church
A while ago I shared the poem that made me realize I was an atheist (Anne Sexton: “need is not belief”). I have also extolled Philip Larkin’s ability to express truths in beautiful English. In one of his other Greatest Hits (behind the cut), Larkin describes exactly why I still miss church, even if I don’t miss G-d. (and that’s not all! there’s more! there are...