Monthly Archives: April 2010

Caf茅 Mouffe: Parisian Hip-Hop with Anita Tijoux

Anita Tijoux has a French mother and Chilean father. She speaks French but chooses to rap mostly in Spanish. Global Hit has an interview with her this week coinciding with her first U.S. release, 1977. The title alludes to the year she was born. She says Dada and Surrealist poetry were big influences. Continue reading

Posted in Caf茅 Mouffe | Tagged , , | Comments Off

All Together Now: 鈥淪pill, Baby, Spill!鈥

This happens whenever I doze while listening to Morning Edition. I had this crazy dream. All those patriotic delegates at the Republican National Convention – the smiling mob who roared at Sarah Palin鈥檚 self-congratulation about pit bulls and lipstick 鈥 every one of them flew to Louisiana on their own dime. BP and the Chamber of Commerce didn鈥檛 pay a penny. And they were mucking around in the swamps with baggies and soda straws, prepared to siphon oil off sick birds. And Rudy Giuliani was cheering them on: 鈥淪pill, baby, spill.鈥 Continue reading

Posted in surrealism | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Graham Robb 鈥榮 Adventure History of Paris

I was completely smitten with the idea of Graham Robb鈥檚 latest book, Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris, when a reviewer compared the historian鈥檚 surprising narrative inventions to 鈥渓emon juice squeezed over a platter of oysters.鈥 Continue reading

Posted in Paris | 1 Comment

Boobquake 2010: You Go, Girl!

Stephen Colbert finds there may be something to Boobquake, after all. Not the Rabelaisian dimension, but scientifically proven cause and effect. After-shocks continue to rumble. Continue reading

Posted in pop culture | Tagged , , | Comments Off

The Sad, Brilliant, Haunted Voice of Virginia Woolf

This is the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice. It is part of a BBC radio broadcast from April 29th, 1937. The talk was called “Craftsmanship” and was part of a series entitled “Words Fail Me”. Read a transcript. Continue reading

Posted in Tutelary Spirits | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment