April 12th, 2007

flavored with age

He fell down and broke his brain. Did you know that?

Kurt Vonnegut died, as all of you are no doubt aware. He was a real original, and did enough genuinely great work that he'll be sorely missed in a country with not enough literary greatness to go around. Rest in peace, which I guess since I am an atheist translates to "do not come back as a zombie".

But there are still talented creative people alive and well! Here, for example, you may see a website for Miranda July's new short story collection*. The site is written by Ms. July herself, entirely on her stove and refrigerator, and contains fascinating insights, such as a look at what she has for breakfast, and how to color-coordinate your wardrobe with your choice in modern literature.

*: Thanks to donutresuscitat for the tip on this one.

The Dreamfucker

I have created an iTunes playlist that I use whenever I want to have really vivid, screwed-up dreams. (Which, oddly enough, is fairly often.) Sometimes these dreams are good, sometimes they are bad, but they are always memorable and shake up my unconscious until something useful falls out. I've been trying to find some time to write more fiction, and this has been a surprisingly useful aid.

Here is what is on the Dreamfucker playlist:

- several albums of field recordings, including a couple of Quiet American discs of water sounds (Deep Creatures and Plumbing and Irrigation of Southeast Asia) and Doug Haire's record of himself playing Victrola records at remote highway rest areas at 3AM.

- a small selection of avant-garde and free jazz: lots of Ornette Coleman, some Albert Ayler and Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor, etc.

- Prime albums of the Firesign Theatre, from 1968-1974.

- a bunch of fucked-up old suspense radio shows from the '30s, '40s and early '50s: mostly Philip Marlowe, Pat Novak for Hire, and Fu Manchu.


Also, those of you who are fans of free jazz, extreme metal, field recordings, old-school hip-hop, or just generally deranged and incredibly obscure music in general, you are cheating yourself if you do not visit mp3 blogs on a regular basis.
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So, now that I correctly predicted Haley, I will do that going-to-extremes thing where I think I will henceforth be right about everything, until the next time I am wrong about something. I need to work on my confidence.

But really, I want to talk about Lost. Can we talk about Lost? Let's talk about Lost.