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Via Jessica Valenti, an exchange between two five-year-olds from a British documentary series that (among many other things) concerns gender roles:
7 Punctuation Marks
33 Adjectives or Adverbs
Pinch of context
1) Sift nouns into a bowl.
2) Peel verbs and cut into wedges. Mince punctuation. Combine with nouns.
3) Place conjunctions in a paper bag. Hammer them to bits. Add to mix.
4) Melt pronouns in a greenhouse. Swirl them into the mix.
5) Pour mix into an oddly shaped pan. Sprinkle adjectives/adverbs on top.
6) Bake halfway. Ignore context. Serves whoever.
“I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times”.
Brian Wilson’s succinct expression of alienation. We’ve all felt this at sometime or another, that we don’t fit into whatever world we must inhabit. Truth is–few shapes truly mesh. Ask M. C. Escher.
I suppose it’s both the strongest measure of hope and the sharpest form of self-torment: the ability to imagine a world ideal for us, where we can only thrive.
Terror forms an opinion,
makes hostile urges a martyr.
One does not survive without tranquil
adherence to a subtle light:
The sanctity of each moment,
its own death assured,
Our escape, a chance or loomed in fate
as all horizons burn dusky,
And we hold onto one another to remain
moored to sanity,
Time’s anti-thesis, healing rather than
Fear is self-hatred,
a barking delusion
Quieted in a breath, away
We are not logical beings; our madness is not methodical. Logic is a facsimile of moral aspiration, of hope for a better future, imposed by us on ourselves in an attempt to cure our fundamental irrationality.
Happy New Year! 😉
This is my annual round up of favorite songs from the calendar year. I didn’t have nearly the time to find new music this year as it has been for me chaotic and exhausting much of the time. However, here are the five that blared from my speakers the most.
“Running with the Wild Things” · Against the Current
A hard driving pop-punk tune with new-wavey overtones. I love the mix of heaviness and buoyancy in this song.
“Hungry” · White Lungs
Another great mix of melody and discordance. And the most intriguing composition lyric-wise on this list.
“Born for Me” · The I Don’t Cares
Paul Westerberg remade this song from an earlier solo album with another indie rock veteran, Juliana Hatfield. The result is sublime rock and roll.
“The Last Thing on my Mind” · The Joy Formidable
TJF make some of the most epic sounding music without ever resorting to theatrics or overwrought arrangements. This one never fails to move me.
“Adore” · Savages
Brutally subdued is the phrase that best describes this song. Awesome.
Yes, if only push-ups negated cake eating in tandem. But alas . . .