Thursday, November 1, 2012
thisrecording:

alice bolin reviews red

"But I think I’ve gone beyond the point of finding Swift merely fascinating, an interesting public figure. If my iTunes is to be believed""she performs the transgressive acts available to her, and she releases her considerable aggression in controlled ways""I hope she realizes, though, that just because she isn’t “alternative,” that doesn’t mean that she has to be a Disney princess. She should take a lesson from her former nemesis Kanye West, whose persona seamlessly encompasses varying types including “sensitive genius” and “annoying egomaniac.” The Swift-versus-Kanye West meme is a chance binary that is incidentally instructive — they have a lot in common as rigorous artists with volatile personalities. West is able to perform a public self that is stylish, nerdy, vulnerable, powerful, smart, sympathetic, and irritating. I wish Swift could do the same and be viewed as complex, not schizophrenic."

thisrecording:

alice bolin reviews red

"But I think I’ve gone beyond the point of finding Swift merely fascinating, an interesting public figure. If my iTunes is to be believed"

"she performs the transgressive acts available to her, and she releases her considerable aggression in controlled ways"

"I hope she realizes, though, that just because she isn’t “alternative,” that doesn’t mean that she has to be a Disney princess. She should take a lesson from her former nemesis Kanye West, whose persona seamlessly encompasses varying types including “sensitive genius” and “annoying egomaniac.” The Swift-versus-Kanye West meme is a chance binary that is incidentally instructive — they have a lot in common as rigorous artists with volatile personalities. West is able to perform a public self that is stylish, nerdy, vulnerable, powerful, smart, sympathetic, and irritating. I wish Swift could do the same and be viewed as complex, not schizophrenic."

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Saturday, August 4, 2012
their reactions to life are rich and replete with teenage-speak and sage musings. It’s no wonder that lines like, “Are you kidding me? You should talk!” came so easily to Hemingway who described her Persian cat to People as “such a nerd” "Manhattan belongs to Mariel Hemingway" - Durga Chew-Bose at This Recording
Sunday, July 1, 2012 Saturday, June 2, 2012
In a short scholarly piece in Millay at 100: A Critical Reappraisal, Stacy Hubbard Carson writes that Millay’s sonnets demonstrate how “sexed bodies attach themselves to poetic forms, tropes and narrative structures.” Read this way, Millay’s [sexed] body is the poem’s body, and that she shoves herself into such a series of conventions and constraints — like a person in drag — is the very point of the endeavor. The fun lies in witnessing how she throbs against them, how the sensual charge of her poetry is defined, finessed and magnified by the conservative prettiness of the tropes and narratives that cloak them. Thus Millay’s genius is exercised not in double vision, but in double play: the way she uses her skilled formalism to trick the mind — leave it dazzled, “undone” — while simultaneously flooding and exhausting the senses. Shahirah Majumdar | A Poet’s Appetite | This Recording
Friday, April 27, 2012 Wednesday, March 21, 2012
It always happened that the men I wanted were those I could not get, and those who wanted me I wouldn’t have. Susan B. Anthony
Sunday, March 18, 2012
that she wouldn’t much like me, that we wouldn’t be buds Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Blue Like You at This Recording
Sunday, March 11, 2012
it’s nice to have a sense of this meaning something different and being so In Which We Watch From Afar The Alive Thing, Spencer T. Campbell at This Recording
If you put the milk and sugar in first, it will save you stirring, but stirring can be nice, so there is a degree of improvisation involved in whether you put the milk and sugar in first or after, but you put your milk and sugar in and then you pour the coffee in and then you enjoy it, or you pour the coffee in and then you put the milk and sugar in and then enjoy it. In Which We Watch From Afar The Alive Thing, Spencer T. Campbell at This Recording
Friday, March 2, 2012