September 29, 2007
There's all kinds of facts, mocking facts, facetious facts, commonplace facts, dirty facts, fucking facts, copulating facts, bisexual facts, a litany of facts, reeking facts, mirth facts, Rabelaisian facts, Sterne facts, English tea time facts, hard inventories of facts, satirical facts, penis facts, Hitler youth facts, Gauguin facts, the best facts, but never superfluous facts, here's a fact: "Pornography was first widely popularized by Al Johnson." Paul Kavanagh reviews H.P. Tinker's The Swank Bisexual Winebar of Modernity.
September 27, 2007
I am interested in the destructive and clichéd outcome of the male gaze: violence. I am interested in boredom. We are all bored. I am interested in two character archetypes: those who embrace boredom and those who try to fight it. Those who try to fight boredom are invariably more violent than those who embrace boredom. People who say I burnt down the church because I was bored are missing the point: if they truly accepted their boredom there would be no need to burn down the church. These are the only two characters in the whole collection. Schopenhauer articulated all this far better than I ever could when he proclaimed: "Unrest is the mark of existence." Susan Tomaselli interviews Lee Rourke.
September 18, 2007
'Vitamin C’ is the clincher: some beyond belief drum-skills from Liebzeit and he inadvertently invents the breakbeat and the future of hip-hop a decade early, Suzuki in roaring form (“Hey you! You’re losing, you’re losing, you’re losing your Vitamin C!”). Drop the song into any hip-hop set even now and it’d be at once seemless and capable of causing jaws to drop. By the time the chanson-style coda brings the song to a close, you’re realising the true influence of Can on what was the future and is now the present for us, it simply sounds like nothing else at the time it was made and everything now. Like those old Da Vinci sketches of flying machines or submarines, Can saw the future before it was really possible. The rest of the world just needed to catch up. By Darran Anderson.
September 16, 2007
Everyone they knew either had an opinion on why they should stay, or asked about how they were going. The ‘you should stay’ crowd were usually older folks that saw no point in abandoning the town you grew up in and your family. They saw no point in a new start, the old start was good enough for them, and so it should be for Clara and Nicholas. The other people who were interested in their going, were the younger generation, as young as Edward some of them, and the trip sounded exciting and full of promises. They asked, “what’s the first thing you’ll do when you reach America?” and “make sure to send a card or letter so you can tell us all about it”. Clara liked those types of people best. By Jamie B. Wolcott.
September 16, 2007
Finally, something my head can wrap its heart around with clumsy pride and arbitrary benefits, nobility of soul and a certain way with prowess, the length of which can never be determined, how lust can sometimes feel like love. By Lisa Zaran.