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It's the last week of work here at Yellow Rectangular Border Publishing San Antonio; the mood is careering wildly between giddy liberation and prickly depression. Morale is not exactly sky-high, but these are good people who genuinely like working with one another, so there's a lot of comradeship as well as a healthy cynicism in the air. Thursday afternoon, I'll leave the best job I've ever had for the last time, and though I'm looking forward to freelancing full-time and taking my road trip, I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a huge sense of loss.

And then Guru had to go and die, three years older than me and he's in the ground from cancer. He was never the most gifted rapper alive, but he found a partner whose style perfectly suited his laid-back, easy flow, and in their heyday they cranked out one classic after another. "Nobody's invincible, no plan is foolproof; we all must meet our moment of truth." RIP, Mr. Guru.

Then again, there's this: in Morocco, where Islamic fundamentalism has been increasingly on the rise, a decisive blow has been struck against the cowardly, lying religious fanatics who always seek to hold back progress in whatever country and whatever culture they appear. Only a few years after metal and rap performers were literally imprisoned for their taste in music, the tide has turned, and the country is organizing festivals that draw in hundreds of thousands of peaceful fans. The king himself has encouraged the growth and development of popular culture. It's nice to be reminded every now and again that the forces of repression and regression don't always win, and you gotta love that kid in the Venom t-shirt.

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vito_excalibur
Apr. 20th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Morocco link! That is an awesome reminder.
adam_0oo
Apr. 20th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Excellent, thanks for the link, always good to hear good news coming out of that portion of the world. And much like the South Americans, Arabs fucking LOVE heavy metal.
roseyv
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about you lately, and the whole thing of how ironic it was that you had to end up in freaking San Antonio to find a job you really seemed to like and enjoy. I think I'd be going through something very similar if I had to leave my current place, and I hope you can keep the sense of giddy liberation at the forefront.

I wish I had something more helpful to say. I look forward to seeing you on your road trip. Let me know if you want I should email you contact info or whatever.
thaitea
Apr. 21st, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
It's great the Moroccan government is relaxing its attitude on music and letting people express themselves, etc., but I fear it just means Metal Box will get more North African trolls.
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Leonard Pierce is a freelance writer wandering around Texas with no sleep or sense of direction. If you give him money he will write something for you. If you are nice to him he may come to your house and get drunk.

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