"Nirvana was a great band, and probably was even more so to my teenage self (before the decade-long flood of weak imitators). But what they meant to me transcended being just “a band I love”; Nirvana was the first band to introduce me to feminism (and while I couldn’t give less of a fuck about anything Hall of Fame-related, this was highlighted by Nirvana’s choice to employ only women to replace him at the recent induction) and an extremely long list of artists that shaped who I would become, both musically and otherwise. You probably wouldn’t guess by listening to my music, I suppose. I rented the Markey film on the strength of Nirvana and then Sonic Youth became my favorite band of all time. I read an interview with Kurt and discovered Big Black. I saw tee shirts he was wearing and discovered Daniel Johnston and Sebadoh, Vaselines, ABBA, Dinosaur Jr, Shonen Knife, Polvo, Bikini Kill, the list goes on forever. I could list 500 bands I wouldn’t have heard without him. And what is so amazing is that this isn’t even sort of a personal story, this happened for millions of kids on the geographical fringes of art culture. In this way Kurt Cobain should be firstly remembered as a Sagan-type figure in music, a great popularizer and champion of women and underground artists around the world.”
— Casey McCurry of Sunset Hearts waxes poetic about Nirvana, Bangor Daily News. April 11, 2014.
9:44 am • 11 April 2014 • 90 notes
Unintentional social media critic?
8:21 pm • 28 March 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s laugh after Bunny suggests, “I’ll suck your cock for 1,000 dollars.”
9:36 pm • 22 March 2014 • 6 notes
Tonight I saw a great friend of mine from high school and we shot the shit for a half of an hour. He is running for the State House as a Republican. Someone who knows the two of us, someone who we both know and enjoy, said in jest (but maybe sort of seriously), “I am surprised you two are talking to each other.”
Never forget that most of us agree about 90% on nearly every single issue, and it is 10% that is devoted to concepts and management we disagree on.I was happy to see my friend and while I don’t agree with a good handful of the things he stands for, I am happy for him in the step that he is taking. We share many of the same outlooks and concerns. We are nearly on the exact same page about almost everything. While the minutia has very big implications, it is not worth having some falling out over.
In fact, some of the people who have stuck closest to me as I get more outspoken about the things I believe—and some of my most recent friends—believe the exact opposite of what I do politically. I don’t know what that means, but it is the truth.
8:31 pm • 22 March 2014 • 4 notes
"In conclusion, the most violent, dramatic, and defining note of the ‘quality of American life’ is a negative characteristic: the lack of class-consciousness, the immediate effect of the false idea of the individual self, admitted by concession or by grave to the circle of petty-bourgeois privilege of industrial wealth and governmental power."
— Pier Paolo Pasolini, “Civil War”, 1966
7:10 am • 11 March 2014 • 3 notes
Susan Tyrrell + Iggy Pop as Ramona + Belvedere Rickettes (from Cry-Baby)
6:46 am • 11 March 2014 • 165 notes
"Only Stephen King, the dark genius behind… The Shining… could have written Stephen King’s ‘Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers…’"
Well, I suppose that’s true.
12:37 pm • 8 March 2014 • 1 note
Due to the two hour round trip commute, it is now a rare occasion on which I go out at night in Portland. Last night, though, I had the great pleasure of seeing Jaime step out of her comfort zone and do an amazing job emceeing PechaKucha at Asylum. I am so proud of her for doing this, and she was just great. I was then fortunate to hang out with Jay Loring (of Nosh) and Stephen Lanzalotta (Sicilian baker / pizza god) for a bit, drink some Bissell Brothers beer, and run into Jessie Lacey (design wizard) and Michael Leonard (all-around mensch). I really do love this city.
7:49 am • 28 February 2014
“In this way the movie’s snakes serve as an ever-present reminder that when they are your enemy, people that match this description are especially dangerous. In a 2013 interview with Dread Central, co-screenwriter, Phil Flores said that actor Joe Egender read famed snake enthusiast Jamie Coots’ 1995 book Salvation on Sand Mountain when doing research for his role. A recent LA Times article reports that Coots was bitten at least 8 times when he was a preacher. One time he allowed the poison from a bite to eat away his finger and refused to go to the hospital. Coots has played a substantial part in the re-popularization of snakes outside of the aforementioned re-emergence in cinema. The National Geographic reality show ‘Snake Salvation’ focuses on Coots and his congregation. I would have loved to have heard his opinion of the film, but he was bitten and died the day before ‘Holy Ghost People’ became available on demand.”
— Horror movie about snake-handling zealots released immediately after death of famed snake-handling zealot, Bangor Daily News. February 21, 2014.
2:32 pm • 25 February 2014
“I feel like the effort that they put into that script is very under-appreciated. With my article, I was trying to be faithful to what they did, to the magic they made while writing that script. They took as much vaguely scientific material as possible and they built that world. An example that immediately comes to mind happens after they close the portal on top of Dana’s apartment building. Ray is walking off with Rick Moranis’ character. Ray tells him that he is a very lucky man and that he is one of the few people who has lived through witnessing the biggest inter dimensional cross-rip since the Tunguska event. It is a real, unexplained event that happened in the Nineteen Aughts in Russia, and there is no real understanding of what it was. It was this contentious, bizarre explosive thing. It was this contentions, bizarre explosive thing. People don’t know if it was a meteor or an explosion and the idea that Ray Stanz already has a personal opinion on this and that it was a similar event to what happened at the climax of the movie is very funny. It is a great joke, but it is a throw away joke because it is going to sail over the head of the majority of the audience. That is something I love about the movie more as an adult.”
— Matthew Phelan, Ghostbusters, The Atlantic, paranormal civil liberties, and remembering Harold Ramis. Bangor Daily News, February 25, 2014.
2:27 pm • 25 February 2014