Current music obsession: Alabama Shakes – “Hold On”
This is…kinda weird:
via Boing Boing (which has an explanation)
A few other odds and ends from the week:
Hunter S. Thompson’s daily routine (it’s as wild as you’d expect)
The Atlantic on the real Cuban Missile Crisis (not as revelatory as I thought it might be. Thanks once again to Mr. White for all those historical digressions in Political Sci I)
I’ve spent the last week bogged down with a pretty wicked bug. It started out as a minor cough and quickly turned into a sore throat and then a sniffling, sneezing, and “oops there went a lung” coughing fit that lasted most of the week. Oh and I had a fever. The end result was that I spent the entire week working at about 20% my usual ability and I even missed two days of work. Admittedly, I’m lucky. I have a job where I can stay home and recover (oh, and not infect my co-workers). Many people do not have that luxury.
Speaking of luxury, time for serious blogging is a luxury I obviously haven’t had lately. I thought I should put something up here regarding the lack of meaty posts lately. It’s likely to be a bit sparse for another week or two while I play catch-up. In the meantime here are links to two nifty photo-essays:
Apparently there is some new rumors swirling around all things Pynchon today. I’ve heard mention about the Inherent Vice adaptation, but the rumor of a new book is a new one for me. Could it be? That would be three novels within the span of a decade. One would guess that it would be a smaller novel rather than a tome like Against the Day. Another historical novel? Also, Bleeding Edge? What’s it all mean?
…I just lost all ability to be productive in 2013 didn’t I?
[Edit]: I forgot to add that the picture at that link has to be one of my favorite photos of Pynchon ever.
In many ways this post is a day late. I sat down to start writing about 2012 in retrospect and found myself incapable of really setting things down in words. It is impossible for me to write about 2012 without noting the pall my grandpa’s death casts over the entire year. It’s difficult to call the year anything but bittersweet. It was a year of inevitable transitions and new beginnings.
Sitting down to write though led to an overabundance of topics. I was faced with too many problems – a stack of work left over from my rush to leave town, family pictures and items that once belonged to my grandfather, a variety of projects I had let slip, everyday annoyances, and a very messy desk. In all, I sat down and was immediately overwhelmed. I suppose that was a fitting close to 2012 though. It ended a lot like it started: with me in over my head.
Still, the year deserves to be marked somehow. So, obviously, I made a playlist. I stole the idea (as is usually the case with good ideas). Oh well. This is about the best I can muster at the moment. Most of them are older tracks rather than albums I picked up in 2012. Lately I’ve just I found myself gravitating to old favorites. Here goes (with minor annotations, links, and a few videos):
Dissertation Song: The Decemberists “Rox in the Box”
Writing Process: Trampled By Turtles “Wait so Long”
Dissertation Defense: Heartless Bastards “Down in the Canyon”
Post-Dissertation Slump: Delta Spirit “Bleeding Bells”
Farewell to Home: Elton John “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
New Horizons: The Corin Tucker Band “1,000 Years”
Los Angeles: Eddie Vedder “Hard Sun”
Burn Out Case: Gomez “Get Miles”
Finding my Way: Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks” (Mostly because I first heard this song while I was checking out my soon to be new home.)
Missing Pieces of Life: King Creosote and Jon Hopkins “John Taylor’s Month Away”
Eulogy: Flogging Molly “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” (It’s a long story, but it fits for my grandpa.)
Perspective: Mumford and Sons “Not With Haste”