Nice tings

September 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

From J&T:

From my Magnetic Fields obsession:

And this is where you get to if you have a Thomas Pynchon obsession and an internet connection:



lo fi louis c.k. on being broke

September 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

Despite the fact that it sounds like this has been recorded using a microphone inserted into one end of a very long metal tube which has Louis C.K. at the other end… I quite like this clip

Slow Friday playlist

September 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Links on inspiring community initiatives

September 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Langston Hughes/North-eastern blues

September 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

All I’m doing in this blogpost is juxtaposing two texts that I think speak to each other. The first is a poem by Langston Hughes (which I came across in bell hooks’ essay “Eating the other: Desire and resistance”):

Note on Commercial Theatre

You’ve taken my blues and gone–
You sing ’em on Broadway
And you sing ’em in Hollywood Bowl,
And you mixed ’em up with symphonies
And you fixed ’em
So they don’t sound like me.
Yep, you done taken my blues and gone.

You also took my spirituals and gone.
You put me in MacBeth and Carmen Jones
And all kinds of Swing Mikados
And in everything but what’s about me–
But someday somebody’ll
Stand up and talk about me,
And write about me–
Black and beautiful–
And sing about me,
And put on plays about me!
I reckon it’ll be
Me myself!

Yes, it’ll be me.

The second text is a lovely video posted on youtube by the Uramili project: a blues song/improvisation by Rewben Mashangva (which I first encountered through a public lecture in Chennai hosted by Nity Jayaraman):

On to the next one, musically

September 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Listening to this like a good student while cleaning the flat, thinking “That was a good lyric, I should note that one down for future use.”

Respect for Bill Watrerson cartoon

September 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago, after a Sunday hike along the Capital Ring near Crystal Palace, I reached a significant point in a line of thinking I have been pursuing for sometime, a line of thinking which has involved asking myself how I can most effectively engage in community organising work. I came to a view that if my skills lie in research and teaching, it is these skills I should offer to community organising initiatives as my principal contribution. Yesterday I had two conversations that gave me a concrete course of action to pursue, building on what I’ve already done (in particular, building on the collective research project I conducted with my Applied Anthropology and Community/Youth Work students at Goldsmiths in the 2012/13 academic year), making use of the situation I am in now (with more time on my hands for four months), and with a possible future trajectory for this work in mind.

Respect for Bill Watrerson (Calvin and Hobbes, 1985-1995)

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