Note to self: when getting Nixonland
back from the library, start reading at Chapter 22, Tourniquet. Edit:
at Chapter 27, Cruelest Month.
A book I read in a day, but didn't like: Snuff
, by Chuck Fight-Club (he loves it when people call him that--be sure to keep that in mind if you ever go to a reading or see him at the airport or whatever). Three things about it that aren't as clever as I suspect Chuck thinks they are: lots of old-Hollywood trivia. Lots of parodic titles to imaginary porno movies. Lots of slang terms for men.
A book I started reading yesterday, and like a lot: Smoked
, by Patrick Quinlan. Dark, blackly comic thriller, with more accurate bomb-making instructions than Still Life With Woodpecker
. And there's a librarian in it.
I am sick of negative people who just sit around trying 2 plot my downfall... Why???? I understand if people don't like me because I like me or if people think tight clothes look gay or people say I run my mouth to much, But this Bonnaroo thing is the worst insult I've ever had in my life. This is the most offended I've ever been... this is the maddest I ever will be. I'm typing so fucking hard I might break my fucking Mac book Air!!!!!!!! Call me any name you want.... arrogant, conceited, narcissistic, racist, metro, fag whatever you can think of.... BUT NEVER SAY I DIDN'T GIVE MY ALL! NEVER SAY I DIDN'T GIVE MY ALL! THIS SHOWS NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY TO BE GOOD AT SOMETHING THERE WILL BE PEOPLE THERE TO LIE ABOUT YOU AND BRING YOU DOWN! LIKE WAYNE SAYS PLEASE DON'T SHOOT ME DOWN CAUSE I'M FLYING! I'M FUCKING HURT BY THIS ONE. ALL I CARE ABOUT ARE THE FANS. JUST SAY THIS OUT LOUD IN A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE, "KANYE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT GIVING A GOOD PERFORMANCE." CAN ANYONE HONESTLY SAY THAT ????????? HAS ANYONE EVEN TAKEN THE TIME TO AT LEAST DO THE MATH??? BONNAROO SHOULD HAVE RELEASED A STATEMENT IN MY DEFENSE BUT SINCE THEY HAVEN'T LET'S BREAK DOWN THE WALLS ON THIS TRUMAN SHOW AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY OCCURRED!!! FOR OVER A MONTH WE WENT BACK AND FORTH ON WETHER OR NOT WE COULD EVEN FIT MY STAGE AT THE FESTIVAL. ONE DAY THEY WOULD SAY YES... WE'D SEND THEM OUR SPECS THEN THEY THEY'D SAY OK... THEN THEY WOULD SEND SPECS BACK THAT DIDN'T FIT THE STAGE. WE WERE OBVIOUSLY DEALING WITH FUCKING IDIOTS WHO DIDN'T REALLY HAVE THE CAPACITY TO REALLY PUT ON THIS SHOW PROPERLY. THEY TRIED 2 GIVE ME A TIME SLOT WERE IT WAS STILL LIGHT OUTSIDE ... I HAVE A FUCKING LIGHT SHOW DUMB ASS, IT'S NOT CALLED GLOW IN THE DARK FOR NO REASON SQUID BRAINS! MY PEOPLE WORKED OUT A COMPROMISED STAGE PLOT AND A 3AM TIME SLOT AND I AGREED. FAST FOWARD TO THE DAY OF THE SHOW. MY PRODUCTION MANAGER TRIED TO LOAD IN FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE I WENT ON STAGE BUT THE FESTIVAL WOULDN'T ALLOW US TO DO ANYTHING UNTILL PEARL JAM LEFT THE STAGE. PEARL JAM ENDED ONE HOUR LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT THAT POINT WE'RE RACING AGAINST THE SUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AT 4:20AM DON COMES BACK 2 THE BUS AND TELLS ME, " IT WOULD TAKE 45 MORE MINUTES TO PUT ALL YOUR PYRO IN!" I SAY I HAVE TO GET OUT THERE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE . I HIT THE STAGE AND PEOPLE HAD BEEN THROWING SHIT ON THE STAGE AND HAD ACTUALLY HIT THE JANE SCREEN WITH, I GUESS BOTTLES OR SOMETHING AND HAD BROKEN MY FUCKING SCREEN. REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE A SHORTY AND WATER WOULD HIT THE TV?????? WHEN I GOT 2 "THROUGH THE WIRE" I STEPPED ON THE FRONT PART OF MY STAGE AND THERE WAS SO MUCH LIQUID ON THE STAGE I COULDN'T MOVE WITHOUT SLIPPING. I HAD TO ADJUST MY WHOLE PERFORMANCE STYLE BECAUSE OF IT. A FEW MORE SONGS IN AND THE SONG WAS ON IT'S WAY UP.. I CUT A FEW SONGS FROM THE SET BECAUSE I WANTED PEOPLE 2 EXPERIENCE STRONGER WHILE THERE WAS STILL SOME DARKNESS TO PERFORM IT IN. I'VE STRUGGLED WITH STRONGER FROM IT'S CONCEPTION. REMEMBER LAST SUMMER WHEN I CANCELED SOME TV APPEARANCES. IT WAS BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO PERFORM STRONGER IN THE DAYTIME. ANYONE WHO CAME TO THE GLOW TOUR CAN UNDERSTAND WHY I WANTED PEOPLE TO SEE IT PROPERLY. IT BROKE MY HEART THAT I COULDN'T GIVE THESE FANS STRONGER IN IT'S GREATEST FORM... BY THE TIME I GOT TO STRONGER IT WAS DAYTIME AND IT BROKE MY HEART. I'M SORRY TO EVERYONE THAT I DIDN'T HAVE THE ABILITY 2 GIVE THE PERFORMANCE I WANTED TO. I'M SORRY... SOMETIMES I GO 2, 3 DAYS W/O SLEEP WORKING ON MY PERFORMANCE... I HAVE TO ICE MY KNEES AFTER EVERY SHOW AND THEY HURT WHEN I WALK THROUGH THE AIRPORT... HAVING AN EXPENSIVE STAGE CUTS MY PAYDAY IN HALF... CALL ME WHAT YOU WANT BUT NEVER SAY I DIDN'T GIVE MY ALL!!!
B and I were watching this guy
's Youtube videos
last night and, man, I love him.
Rollin' With Dre: The Unauthorized Account: An Insider's Tale of the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of West Coast Hip Hop, Bruce Williams with Donnell Alexander.
What, the East Coast ain't got no love for Death Row? I love Donnell Alexander (his Ghetto Celebrity
is great), and I'm fascinated by Death Row/gangsta rap, but Bruce Williams' story just isn't that interesting. Like most of these kinds of books, though, it's got its moments. Worth reading, if you're into gangsta rap. Probably not worth reading if you're a Donnell Alexander fan.Phantom Prey, John Sandford.
I would've thought a book about sex-crazed murderous Minneapolis Goths would've been more interesting.
Here's a song you might like:Bobby Hutcherson - Ummh
From the San Francisco
album, and apparently sampled
in Ice Cube's 'Ghetto Bird
,' though it's hard to pick it out over the P-Funk samples.
“But what…is it?” I inquired, a little more gently this time. “What does it mean?”
Maybe I’m just antisocial, but I hate answering this question more than just about anything. I’d rather every meathead on the subway ask me, “How much them shits in you ears hurt?” than have to explain away my ill-fated high school interest in sacred geometry.--Jordan Ginsberg on Modblog
"Wanted, young man single and free. Experience in love preferred, but will accept a young trainee."--Honey Cone, 'Want Ads'"If you like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, if you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain, if you'd like making love at midnight in the dunes on the Cape, then I'm the love that you've looked for. Write to me and escape."--Rupert Holmes, 'Escape (The Pina Colada Song)'
Which ad would you be more likely to answer?
Guys are like
stars there are a
million of them,
but only can I
Found near a library computer
"Its kind of psychedelic but it's not my idea of the story of the song. But then my idea would be very dull and a bit X-rated and wouldn't belong in a family park. I only say that because I was 19 when I wrote it."--Justin Hayward, of the Moody Blues
, discusses the Hard Rock Park's 'Nights in White Satin
. (via idolator)
Yet another Beatles cover that you might enjoy:Lena Horne - Rocky Raccoon
Books:Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Mary Roach.
As with Roach's previous books, I checked this one out, then eventually returned it unread. I'm probably totally missing out.The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America, Susan Faludi.
I thought her other two books were brilliant. So, although I haven't started reading this one yet, I'ma hang on to it a while longer. I'm thinking I'll start it right after I finishThe 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, Sid Jacobsen and Ernie Colon.
Appears in that NYT Book Review thing
where they ask people what book they want the presidential candidates (or, uh, the candidates and Hillary Clinton) to read, but I won't let that stop me.Born In Flames: Termite Dreams, Dialectical Fairy Tales, and Pop Apocalypses, Howard Hampton.
I picked it up because he's written about a few of my favorite jazz musicians, and I'm definitely a fan. He's one of those wide-ranging critics that sees weird connections and unions and intersections and whatnot. I like that.
"Recipes are not assembly manuals. Recipes are guides and suggestions for a process that is infinitely nuanced. Recipes are sheet music."
--Michael Ruhlman in The Elements of Cooking