What I’m doing here, you see, might be construed as a way to come up with more content. My numbers of course go up when I publish more things.
(One of these days I should start posting some ads here I guess. People are always surprised when I tell them how many page views I get per month and that I get no income out of this. My political stuff always brings in the most views but at the moment I don’t feel like writing about the Republican clown car, as Taibbi has called it, or even the clown car that is the upcoming Philippine presidential election. Not that I suffer from lack of opinions on any of it.)
But maybe it’s a bit more than that, I suppose it’s all in the eye of the beholder. But basically, I like recommending stuff. I do some of that on Facebook and some on Twitter. It’s easy to cut and paste a link and write a brief comment on those sites. I have, and will continue to do, some longer form recommendations here.
I don’t think there’s any point in my recommending/reviewing something like Adele 25 or Star Wars VII because everyone already knows about that stuff. My goal is to identify things that are mostly flying under the radar that I’ve enjoyed and share them with you, and maybe you’ll be inspired to check them out.
I wrote a long-ish post on the Velvet Underground, now that the original four studio albums are all out in massive super deluxe editions. At one point I hit the “publish” button instead of the “save draft” button, so the link ended up going out all over the place when the piece was half finished. I had to pull it till it was all done, and then when finished and really published, the link was not resent. Anyway, my What To Hear Now – The Velvet Underground is finished and published.
On the one hand, I think that piece too clearly exposes my shortcomings as a writer. I don’t feel that I came anywhere close to describing the sheer wonderfulness of what they did. I spent two or three hours on it, on and off; a week or a month would have yielded a better result.
But on the other hand, I can’t take it for granted that everyone knows what I know. I’m frigging old and the stuff I grew up with, the stuff that was and continues to be so important in my life, stuff that made my life better, not everyone knows it. So I hope some people will find some value in my sharing what I know and what I like about some stuff that’s old or recent but that may not be as widely known.
Same with movies. I love a lot of pulp stuff as well as “artistic” stuff. I think entertainment for the sake of entertainment has its place, but I’m fed up with franchises and CGI and the way Marvel movies are sucking up all of the talent in the multiverse. In recent weeks we watched Ant-Man (acceptable), Fantastic Four (really bad) and Ted 2 (unbelievably bad), so when I come across an oddity like Bone Tomahawk, I want to spread the news.
Anyway, it’s another Thursday. Another mass shooting in the US. I have conference calls right until way after midnight tonight. The weekend is right around the corner and I’ve got 4 bottles of bourbon, 2 of whisky, 1 of tequila, I will make it through the weekend somehow!