Saturday, December 03, 2016

The Berkeley Renaissance

"Any fool can get into an ocean..."

Any fool can get into an ocean
But it takes a Goddess
To get out of one.
What's true of oceans is true, of course,
Of labyrinths and poems.  When you start swimming
Through riptide of rhythms and the metaphor's seaweed
You need to be a good swimmer or a born Goddess
To get back out of them
Look at the sea otters bobbing wildly
Out in the middle of the poem
They look so eager and peaceful playing out there where
    the water hardly moves
You might get out through all the waves and rocks
Into the middle of the poem to touch them
But when You've tried the blessed water long
Enough to want to start backward
That's when the fun starts
Unless you're a poet or an otter or something supernatural
You'll drown, dear.  You'll drown
Any Greek can get you into a labyrinth
But it takes a hero to get out of one
What's true of labyrinths is true of course
Of love and memory.  When you start remembering.

-Jack Spicer

I've liked the Spicer I've read, need to explore more.  This one reminded me of WESTWORLD, and it had sea otters in it.  Dude had my number.  Had to resign from UC Berkeley due to Red Scare legislation.  What a boss.

Friday, December 02, 2016

13 Favorite Taylor Swift Songs

A list I created last weekend to punish Steph for traveling on Thanksgiving.  My passive aggressiveness has layers, like an onion cake.  (Thirteen is Taylor's favorite number, if you're a dummy who doesn't know that.)  I think we all know that the true victim here is me.  I will martyr my modest Taylor fandom to you.

13. Love Story
12. Speak Now
11. Welcome to New York

10. Blank Space
9. Shake It Off
8. Mine
7. Style
6. Our Song

5. You Belong With Me
4.  Wildest Dreams
3. Back to December
2. Sparks Fly
1. I Knew You Were Trouble

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Long December GOAT

Finally time for the GOAT winter song and top five Christmas song.  That was the longest goddamn month of my life, felt like we were crawling towards December.  Grateful that a lot of people are fired up and not giving up.

I remember turning in a biology final fall semester freshman year and singing this song to myself as I packed up my backpack.  The couple the row in front of me turned around looking like they'd seen a ghost and the girl very solemnly said: "That is my favorite song." It is weird to have songs that have literally been helping me live for over a decade.

MR. ROBOT S2 (2016)

It was a challenging season, especially the Elliot-centric episodes, but nothing on TV has felt as essentially of-the-moment and daring since Sorkin-era THE WEST WING or pre-Obama THE DAILY SHOW.  It is incredibly thoughtful, perhaps takes itself too seriously, but what else is taking on the fundamental issues of the present with this kind of unflinching courage?  THE AMERICANS is kind of a stylish echo of this, but we have the benefit of distance and spy-cool detachment, whereas MR.ROBOT shows the warts-and-all youth grappling with a seriously fucked system, with dice loaded and decks stacked to such absurd levels that the characters, and we along with them, need to ask why even play the game.

ps still-President Obama got me a raise (my employer already sent out the memo, whoops, and is honoring it) in addition to cutting my taxes for eight years and covering my privileged white ass with health insurance for two years I really needed it, long live the man the myth the legend and fuck the new guy.