"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no
small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"
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a better man could find a way to say this, I could never find the fuckin’ words
A couple of nights ago I hung out with some really good friends of mine and watched Room 237 and The Shining (yes, again). We’d been talking about it and they hadn’t seen the former yet. It was a fun night; on the way home I needed something to listen to and even though as far as I can tell it doesn’t have much to do with the movie except for the title, the movie brought to mind The Silent League’s excellent But You’ve Always Been the Caretaker. Actually there were probably two things percolating away that brought the album to mind, the movie and the fact that fairly or not I attributed a lot of the Silent League’s growth on this album to Shannon Fields’ work with them, and not only is Shannon a musician I have a lot of time for in general, I’ve been pretty obsessed/trying to finish a review of his amazing new record as Leverage Models right now.
Anyway, I listened to the album and was reminded of how much I love it and wish more people would hear it. Last night I could not fall asleep until 7 am and when I woke up a little while ago this track was in my head, scoring the way my brain feels completely unable to function after an insomnia-induced almost all-nighter. It’s a beautiful, gentle song; if I was trying to introduce people to this album I’d probably still go with "Resignation Studies" most of the time, but the subtler pleasures of “There Is a Caretaker in the Woods” is if anything probably a more representative introduction to it.
haha, that kanye sure is arrogant. i mean, sure, he clawed his way out of adversity to promote self-esteem and challenge masculine norms, but as a white man i demand to know: what gives him the right to act like me?