I understand that the potato salad Kickstarter thing is supposed to be funny and reveal how silly people are and how any project can get funding (despite the many projects that I’ve seen created by people of colour not reach funding peak). But I don’t see…
Writing about music these days is so weird. I spend a lot of my time struggling to write about things I’m no form of expert in, trying to make sure I’m not tripping over my own feet as I describe a comics panel as “like the bit in one of the boxes on the page y’know” and having to think hard about fandom.
And then with music I’m like “oh yes, I’ll just throw out some adjectives, coupla swears, something faintly disconcerting, abuse of grammar yep this looks like Mog house style 7/10 check this out kids this stuff literally just falls out” and I don’t care if it’s not the most profound thing ever created cus I’m secure enough in my own opinions and crucially, not trying to make a career of it.
Anyway, this is all a very navel-gazecore method of saying I’ve been doing a spot of blurbing for The Singles Jukebox this week- http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com -it’s the first site I ever got asked to write for, back in 2006 and it’s bloody good fun. They’re recruiting if you fancy joining the party.
“It is the phenomenon sometimes called “alienation from self.” In its advanced stages, we no longer answer the telephone, because someone might want something; that we could say no without drowning in self-reproach is an idea alien to this game. Every encounter demands too much, tears the nerves, drains the will, and the specter of something as small as an unanswered letter arouses such disproportionate guilt that answering it becomes out of the question. To assign unanswered letters their proper weight, to free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves – there lies the great, the singular power of self-respect. Without it, one eventually discovers the final turn of the screw: one runs away to find oneself, and finds no one at home.”—Joan Didion, On Self-Respect (via todf)