“For decades, political violence in this country has been almost the sole preserve of neo-Nazis and other racist groups. During the 1970s they bombed leftwing bookstores and a May Day demonstration. In the 80s two neo-Nazis were executed because they were suspected of betraying the group. In the past two decades, two non-white Norwegian boys have been died as a result of racist attacks. No foreign group has killed or hurt people on Norwegian territory since the second world war, except for the Israeli security force Mossad, which targeted and killed an innocent man by mistake on Lillehammer in 1973.”—
“Terrific. How many of those Muslim religious leaders in Pakistan will continue to support vaccination programmes, now that it’s clear that such programmes may in fact be CIA operations designed to smoke out Taliban or al-Qaeda operatives so they can be taken out in drone missile strikes?”—
“You see, master mock-and-droller David Sedaris, who’s unequivocally one of the great essayists of our time and a personal favorite of mine, has chosen to take his parodic talent and point it at China, its people and its food. Except the piece he’s written for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper is less amusing than it is venomous, xenophobic and dissipated.”—
Can I say it now? David Sedaris: I don’t get it (thanks to @soulsidescom for the link)
It came up again. OFWGKTA. I kept my mouth shut when that great article in the Guardian came out, I stayed mum when I heard about whatshername from Tegan & Sara comment on them and I didn’t say anything when that self-serving, congratulatory article in the G&M came out too.
But, I figured once the hype died down on Tyler’s new LP, I wouldn’t hear it again.
This time around Odd Future got dropped because of a silly FB post a friend used to state things he liked and hated. We’ll leave everything he said out.
I’m pretty sure I’ve been asked how I feel about OFWGKTA. Having listened to hip-hop for since I was 10 — 22 years now — I’ll get asked about my thoughts on the latest and greatest. Frankly, I think people are fishing for an opinion that will line up with theirs. A way to say “See! Even someone who loves the music hates so and so!”
When I get asked these questions I’m always reminded of Poot’s speech about the new breed.
I may be an old man, but I was once a young man who listened to music everyone hated. I get why they’re doing it, and frankly it doesn’t appeal to me. But, it’s not meant to.
And while Tyler and his homies might talk like misanthropes, at least they don’t act like 'em.
At exactly 4pm this afternoon, a creaking of chairs could be heard across the 3rd floor of 36 Cooper Square, and then an eerie silence as over 50 union employees and sympathizers walked off the job at the Village Voice, as a sign of dissatisfaction over the lack of movement by management at the bargaining table. The contract expires tonight at midnight.
Many of the walk-outs wore t-shirts emblazoned with a quote from Norman Mailer, one of the Village Voice founders: “Revolutions are the periods when individuals count most.”
After 30 minutes of spontaneous speeches, and the general consensus that the employees can’t keep working if the final offer by management will result in a reduction of their wages, they returned to work.