"If I could write all my work again, I am convinced that I would do it better, which is the healthiest condition for an artist. That's why he keeps on working, trying again; he believes each time that this time he will do it, bring it off. Of course he won't, which is why this condition is healthy. Once he did it, once he matched the work to the image, the dream, nothing would remain but to cut his throat, jump off the other side of that pinnacle of perfection into suicide."
----- William Faulkner
If it slipped your radar, The Paris Review recently made every interview with any author they ever gave available to the public at no cost. I'll likely be reading them constantly and giving updates, but a blog recently brought to my attention an interview with William Faulkner which actually managed to exceed my expectations of how awesome an Faulkner interview could actually be.
Those seeking entertainment and brief enlightenment: click here.
After mourning David Foster Wallace's death, literary critics began to try to identify the next great contemporary American novelist. I have not yet read a Jonathan Franzen novel, but the hype surrounding this author is absurd. Last month he was called the writer of our generation by The New Yorker yet denounced in Atlantic Monthly. From what I have read of Franzen, the chance of him being the one to fill dfw's shoes is near impossible, but most likely I'll be spending my Thanksgiving break in Austin with my nose in Freedom just to have a real opinion on it and to say that I did.
Judy Nylon should be every girl's role model. She is the Judy in Eno's "Back in in Judy's Jungle" and Eno even cites her as an influence (Eno has influences?!) as does John Cale. She was a leader amongst the No Wave crowd in New York way back when and instead of self promoting like some female musicians (cough, Nico, cough), it's difficult to even find a Judy Nylon CD. If you weren't there, you missed it. Below is the only recording I own of hers, a cover of Jailhouse Rock (better quality than the version in that video). I hope you enjoy.
if you dont believe in aliens today is the day, according to former NORAD officer Stanley A. Fulham, you will. october 13th (eg today) is the day he predicts, in his book 'challenges of change,' that alien space-crafts will hover all the world's major cities. but why?
he believes they hold some kind of technology they will lend to us so we can clean up our climate. it's kind of hard to believe, especially when these types of people are never right (see: heaven's gate) and he worked for the government. but i'll keep my eyes peeled tonight and hope for the best.
i remember in the early 00's when my bro went to keene as a punk enthusiast and came back repping bands like modest mouse, the jazz june and built to spill. i still remember getting stoned and stealing the jawbreaker album with the cat on the cover from his car... this track makes me think of that for some reason..
this track ain't bad neither:
a good ol' fashioned fist pumping, cock-hardening anthem...