Kanye dropped a new music video today for “Monster”, the wildly bizarre track from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, featuring Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver. Although the video leaked in December, this one is official, and some parts – like the Nicki Minaj bit –seem to have been changed.
The writer is a coward, a coward in the face of reality — and consequently he flees into the stable, plastic world of words. Socrates bemoaned writing because he considered it a bastardization of speech. You can go further and bemoan it because it is a bastardization of life itself.
Slavoj Zizek is a maniac and thinks the world is going end soon. Reminds me of Saint Paul, the guy who penned most of the New Testament. In 52 CE, Paul said the end of the world was near in his first letter to Thessalonians (see, 1 Thess 4:15-18). Never happened though.
But, of course, with all this good comes a lot of bad too. Four Loko has been killing teens and hospitalizing people. And because it is easy to place the ban on the beverage, opposed to irresponsible consumers, legislators are moving to ban it. It’s bad-for-you-drink and it must go, they say.
Brian Eno is interviewed by Dick Flash of Pork Magazine about his new album Small Craft on a Milk Sea (Warp Records). Dick is kind of a pretentious dick to Eno but then again Dick is Eno. #ModernProblems
Charlie Sheen is an interesting character. He loves alcohol and whores. He believes 9.11 was an inside job. He tried to inject cocaine and overdosed. He has had various children with various women. He is one of the highest paid television actors of all time. He banks 1.25 million per episode for his CBS show Two and Half Men. Once, he accidentally shot his girlfriend.
Jason Mickle is a fashion photographer and through him and an array of technologies (photoshop, lights, etc.) and people (makeup artists, assistants, etc.) he captures a portrait of Eric Lodwick. The photograph appears in a fashion magazine. From this removed standpoint Eric appears God-like, almost perfect.
“I look up from the phone when a shadow steps slowly out of the darkness and it’s such a dramatic moment — her beauty and my subsequent reaction to it — that I have to laugh, and she just stares at me smiling, maybe buzzed, maybe wasted.”
Behind her is a girl in repose, ready, relaxed, accepting, loving. The talking, the philosophizing, the complaints continue, this girl keeps blabbering, and maybe there is something to it.