Liquid hijack Marlboros: … or fame and its downside as explained by Benicio Del Toro’s Benny to Jeffrey Wright’s Jean-Michel Basquiat in Julian Schnabel’s script for the movie. Maybe I should go see “Downtown 81” when it opens in the Bay Area … (via Drew’s Script-O-Rama)
Famous people are usually pretty stupid. You’re too smart. You’d get bored to death. You don’t wanna be like John Henry—fighting the machine. Just do what you do. It’s about integrity. Follow your heart.
Who’s John Henry?
Oh man! Folklore guy–worked on the railroad. Y’know, pounding in spikes and laying down track. Then one day they invented a machine to do it. And he says “Fuck that, I’m a MAN” and he challenges the machine to a race to lay down a mile of track. It takes two days. Neck and neck the whole time. They get right to the end, and he beats it by one spike. (pause) Got a cigarette?
So then what?
He drops dead! See? Just do your shit like you do it! Your friends like you, you get laid, everyone walks by, sees your stuff everywhere. It’s good. What else do you want?
They watch a long stretch limo cruises up across the street.
Like I said–my liquid hijack Marlboros.
Is anybody reading Colson Whitehead’s “John Henry Days”?
Party like it’s 1995-7: … I can look back at William Mitchell’s City of Bits: Space, Place, and the Infobahn and get a sense of the future that just happened (that is, if I’m not feeling its would-be chroniclers).
Black books: … go pop on the bestseller charts.
Henry Louis Gates Jr., chairman of the Afro-American Studies department at Harvard and editorial consultant at Basic Civitas Books, the black imprint of the Perseus Books Group, said: “This reflects the new capacity of the broader American reading public to identify with black characters; the black experience is a metaphor for the larger human experience. One doesn’t read `Hamlet’ to learn about the princes of Denmark.”
He added: “Fifty years ago, white readers read Richard Wright to learn about the Other; now many whites have the capacity to see themselves through a black character.” Still, he said that “one of the greatest changes in publishing over the last 10 years has been the realization that black readers are a large and growing market.”
Pink nipples in a plastic bag: … getting sold by business. Zenobia Chan shares the new trend in Hong Kong. (Found by checking out Phonzarelli’s links, noticing one to Feminist Media Watch and seeing a new ‘zine, SaidIt.org.)
I’m at Level 3: … over here. Not that there’s anything wrong with that …
LEVEL 3 — MOSTLY STRAIGHT ACTING
You lead a normal everyday life and it’s ‘no questions asked’ as people just assume you are straight. Every once and awhile a very aware person might notice something that causes them to think ‘fem’ but it’s a fleeting thought because you turn around and surprise them with more masculine traits before they even have time to fully analyze the last one.
Sense and sensimilla: Canada lets terminally ill folks and chronic sufferers of pain burn one down. That’s a progressive idea.
Eitzel: … “I guess on [The Invisible Man] I made an effort not to be like a white guy with a guitar, depressed, you know. I tried to change that whole equation that I had. Because I’m sick of it. I’m sick of depressing music … Maybe that’s why every song has a groove and that’s why I tried to do a album that sounded a little more lush, a little more arranged. Just because I want people of all ages and colors and everything to like it. I tried to make this big record for people … Stylistically and personally I just want to do something that rocks.”