Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No Career No Hope No Fun No Fashion!

Last year they waited for Pete Doherty to die, now The Indelicates released a Recession Song - for fun! And for free! Now that's zeitgeist. It's so zeitgeisty, it's even a fashion ad:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Quick Thought on... Slumdog Millionaire

Is last nights Oscar hero, the surely amazing, stylish and well-intended Slumdog Millionaire, just an/other example of modern Orientalism? A representation of India through a Westerner's gaze, even the "real" people turning (themselves) into representations that fit the 'feel-good' framework?
Or is it another sign of Hollywood (and the Western cinema field) actually opening up to a new form of internationalism, aknowledging e.g. Bollywood?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sometimes, All You Need Is A High-Five

...and to share it with a thousand other people.

Antimanifesto

no difference between "found" poetry and "composed" poetry.
not possible to isolate the conscious or the subconscious.
no difference between pattern and chaos.
"right" and "wrong"; "good" and "bad"; "correct" and "incorrect", are superstitious terms; all language is "true".
All language is hiding something.



Iain/Pathoslogos - Manifestos Are Kind of Stupid
via Silliman


Wild Association: But Alive - Antimanifest

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Büchner and the Future.

I have a nice literature calendar hanging above my desk. The topic is Beziehungen & Begegnungen. And this weeks quote touched my heart in a uncanny, almost frightening way:

Was kann ich sagen, als dass ich Dich liebe; was versprechen, als was in dem Worte Liebe schon liegt, Treue? Aber die sogenannte Versorgung? Student noch zwei Jahre, die gewisse Aussicht auf ein stürmisches Leben, vielleicht bald auf fremden Boden!

(What can I say but that I love you, what can I promise but what is already whithin the word love, loyalty? But the so-called support? A student for another two years, the certain prospect of a turbulent life, soon maybe on foreign soil!)*

--Georg Büchner in a letter to Wilhelmine Jaeglé, his fiancée, March 1834




Georg Büchner died 3 years later.

*My (ruff) translation

Thursday, February 12, 2009

See yourself to the door

reminds me of myself last year / it feels like 10 years ago from the now and here /



Wild association h/t to Pascal

Quick Thought... on Internet Communities.

Aren't Internet communities - especially when they involve a certain amount of communication between registered users on a multiplicity of (random) subject like twitter, message boards or popular blogs - imagined communities like nations, as described by Benedict Anderson?
Or is it "just" a sign that you're spending too much time on the Internet when you start coming up with such comparisons, start imagining a web based communal identity like you imagine a national identity?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Love has left..


Stereogum has a new A Camp song "Love Has Left the Room" and a short Q & A with the great Nina Persson (The Cardigans, A Camp) about the song featuring this gem:

When love finally does leave the room, where does it go?
It goes to the sky bar at the Mondrian in LA and fucks with someone else.



The song's pretty decent as well. You need to sign up to download it, tho'.
Have a good Hallmark's Day on Saturday.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

For What It's Worth.

Walking from the bus stop to my flat today I had a lot of stuff on my mind I suddenly wanted to share with the world / the net. About modern life, high expectations, new attempts at poetry, student life.

Real genius insights. Though pretty depressing.

So screw that.

Enjoy Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie instead.



Cope with Thursday, fall in love with Friday.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Nothing to Worry About.

Do you by chance remember Young Folks? That cheerful song that put you in a good mood the first +/- 1000 times you listened (and/or danced) to it? Instant cheer-up? Yeah, the one with the whistling

Peter Bjorn & John totally moved past that one and have a new record coming out soon. And on it will be "Nothing to Worry About". A completely different song - with a pretty heavy beat for indie pop terms - yet the same effect on me: Instant cheer-up. (And it'll probably be pretty annoying some time in the future. But what the heck.) Get it here.