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February 9th, 2012

theswingingsixties: Paul McCartney interviewed on the BBC,…



theswingingsixties:

Paul McCartney interviewed on the BBC, 1967.

If you dont know anything about it, you can sort of trust that it’s probably going to be all right, it’s probably not that bad. Because it’s human beings doing it and you know vaguely what humans beings do and they’re probably going to think of it nearly the same way you would in that situation, and that’s true. You can trust to the fact that things are usually not as bad you make the out to be.

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February 9th, 2012

This is how we compliment now.


“you realize how amazing this email is right? like, its gonna end up in the fales archives.”

February 9th, 2012

doree: My feelings about Lana Del Rey are: I like “Video Games”…



doree:

My feelings about Lana Del Rey are: I like “Video Games” a lot, but I think the rest of the album is mediocre — in particular, I think her lyrics are ludicrous — but I don’t really care about the whole authenticity debate or whether she had plastic surgery or that she sounded/looked totally different when she was Lizzy Grant. She’s a performer! But this, from T magazine, is ridiculous:

Without straying too far off the pop grid, she’s the perfect antidote to Rihanna-Gaga overload — dare we say, a skinnier Adele, a more stable Amy Winehouse? 

WHAT? On like every level: WHAT?

It’s so beyond. And when he pops a boner because someone thought they were a couple. And this:

There’s also more than a little of Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” in the song. Both you could play alone dancing in your bedroom, sing along to in your convertible with the top down or (it might surprise Cyrus’s Disney producers) find yourself gyrating to at an illegal warehouse rave.

Teehee. I mean, Cyrus did a pole dance to that song on national television two years ago, when it came out, she’s a well-known pot smoker, and she gives guys lapdances at parties. Which is all obviously great. But does he not know what? Or does he not know that Party in the USA has probably been played at an “illegal warehouse rave?” This story needed a fact checker and a reality checker.

February 9th, 2012

"Lana Del Rey wants to tell you what she’s wearing. Sometimes, as on her break-out, heartsick single…"

“Lana Del Rey wants to tell you what she’s wearing. Sometimes, as on her break-out, heartsick single “Video Games,” it’s her man’s “favorite sundress.” Often—twice on her album Born to Die, out today—it’s a “red dress.” Elsewhere: leather tight around her waist, a white bikini, a red bikini, a “party dress,” ribbons for her hair, “glass room perfume / cognac lilac fumes,” nail polish, mascara. Elaborate descriptions? No. But what Del Rey puts on and takes off form a big part of what we know of her through her lyrics.”

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Lana Del Rey’s Regressive, Beautiful, Twisted Fantasy - Spencer Kornhaber - Entertainment - The Atlantic

This is more important than the author realises, and not in the way that he thinks.

(via mootpoint)

Her work is a lightning rod. For bad writing.

February 9th, 2012

thecurvature: grrspit: And in fact, I know a few people who aren’t even of that size or color or…

thecurvature:

grrspit:

And in fact, I know a few people who aren’t even of that size or color or culture who have successfully defended themselves against men and have been labelled the aggressor.  But you know, they weren’t the “perfect” victims so it wasn’t right for them to fight back. 

See also, much of the rhetoric involving the Eminem/Rihanna video where the lower-class white couple illustrate a domestic abuse situation.

(Although, in my personal experience, and from being on the receiving end of many jokes about not wanting to cross me, even though in reality I’m quite non-confrontational so I don’t know where people are getting that from other than my appearance, being big and black and foul-mouthed gets you labelled as the aggressor more often.)

Successfully defending yourself from abuse isn’t being aggressive. It’s self-defense.

This reminds me very much of the Tammi Terrell Unsung special. During the segment where they were discussing David Ruffin abusing her, one of the jackasses they interviewed said “I asked David, ‘Did you throw Tammi down the stairs?’ And he told me, “Man, she kicked my ass.’”

That has haunted me ever since.

Let’s put aside the fact that, considering the extraordinary height differential, I find it highly unlikely that Tammi ever got the best of David physically. In fact, let’s assume that she did kick his ass. The response remains incredibly remarkable for two reasons: 1. David’s answer completely and purposefully avoids the question that was asked (did he throw her down the stairs) and 2. It deliberately sets up her self-defense as equal to if not worse than his aggression.

In other words “Who cares if I threw her down the stairs? She’s just as bad as me, because she tried to stop me from hurting her.”

It’s an incredibly common tactic of minimization by abusers. One that, as we’re seeing, other people are more than willing to perpetuate for them.

February 9th, 2012

thecultofgenius: Manuscript of Charles Dickens’s Great…



thecultofgenius:

Manuscript of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations.

Perhaps it is time to write my 19th-centurized version of Chris Kraus and call it:

I Love Dick(ens)

February 9th, 2012

koolthings: Front row at Chanel, 1960. From The Cut. EVERY….



koolthings:

Front row at Chanel, 1960. From The Cut.

EVERY. THING.

February 9th, 2012

Scott!



Scott!

February 9th, 2012

avdunstar: There is this Icelandic word skúffuskáld, which means someone who’s secretly a poet. It…

avdunstar:

There is this Icelandic word skúffuskáld, which means someone who’s secretly a poet. It literally means “drawer poet”, someone who writes poetry but chugs it all into his desk drawer instead of showing it to people. 

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February 9th, 2012

"I wish I could say I was the kind of child who watched the moon from her window, would turn toward…"

“I wish I could say I was the kind of child
who watched the moon from her window,
would turn toward it and wonder.
I never wondered. I read. Dark signs
that crawled toward the edge of the page.
It took me years to grow a heart
from paper and glue. All I had
was a flashlight, bright as the moon,
a white hole blazing beneath the sheets.”

- Dorianne Laux, Moon in the Window (via fleurishes)
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