Archive for December, 2008

Sunday afternoon melancholy

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

The feeling of Sunday is the same everywhere, heavy, melancholy, standing still. Like when they say, “As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
– Jean Rhys

humor, decency and democracy (rick-rolling)

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

A reader writes:

There is something both utterly stupid and yet very comforting about rick-rolling. As long as people will choose to be this dumb, irrational, and do it with such gusto, there’s hope for humanity. We will never totally bow to totalitarian impulses as long as people continue to want to do such useless but uncontrollable things. […]

I recall Orwell’s remark that England would never become a fascist state because the English would instinctively respond to the sight of goose-stepping … by giggling. I think the relationship between humor and decency – and democracy – is under-rated.
-Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish

A few of my favorite things (Lykke Li)

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Lykee Li, “Little Bit”

I got this song from a friend in April and I can still listen to it over and over again. The song, her voice, the unique cadence fascinates me as does the next song, also by her.

Lykke Li, Tonight

I’m so keen on this song, I’ve listened to it repeatedly for the last two days. I love how the words “don’t you let me go, let me go tonight, don’t you let me go, let me go tonight, don’t you let me go, let me go tonight” run together and sometimes the repitition emphasizes “let me go” and others “don’t let me go”. Beautiful.

favtape – happy happy mix

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Benefiting from the cool people I pay attention to on the web (ht psd) I found favtape, a site that lets you create mixes and it even has an option for an embedded player. Below is a mix of the songs that are making me happy lately:

Mixtape from