Got Protest?: I thought to share this protest art a friend and I made in response to, well, you know. I wrote a comic script called “Balloons by Golly,” which has been brilliantly rendered by Tim Fish. And yes, the script contains VP Pence’s exact words. Click the image to see the inked version and check back for a link to the colored version. Thanks, Tim. It was great to return to writing comics. And, thanks, Spirit, it was indeed my pleasure RIP.
NPR One is an app not to miss: I have recently discovered NPR One. It is a free app for your phone that provides short radio feeds from your local public radio station and from the wider NPR umbrella. As they say, it is like Pandora for NPR. You hear everything from two minute news updates to longer magazine-like features.
Also, like Pandora, the app learns from what you skip. This provides you with more of what you want to hear. In our overly solicitous news moment, one does not want to fast forward to only the things one wants to hear, but this is a nice feature.
Lastly, there is a periodic feature that allows you to donate $5 to NPR by text. This is a fast and easy way to support the quality news and culture you want to hear while hearing it.
You can stream for free from the web or from the app on your phone—check out NPR One.
Leonard Cohen cures the lyrical banality of our age while giving a robust middle finger to the idea that music is by, for, and about the young. On this point, I am reminded of a lyric from Beverly Kenney’s “I Hate Rock and Roll”: “What is the answer to a teenaged prayer? Frankly speaking, I don’t care, I don’t care.” This cat is 82 years old! “You Want It Darker” is a fantastic album. I would buy it for everyone I know, if I could. Note to self: sell lots of books, so you can. Check out the Pitchfork review.
Here’s a few lyrics to sample the album:
Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker
There’s a lover in the story
But the story’s still the same
There’s a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it’s written in the scriptures
And it’s not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame
They’re lining up the prisoners
And the guards are taking aim
I struggled with some demons
They were middle class and tame
I didn’t know I had permission to murder and to maim
WTF: “demons–They were middle class and tame.” This line alone offers a lyrical resonance that deeply implicates the experience of class consciousness as such is mistaken for a universal existential crisis, thereby reading some of the cultural crisis beads of our time.
I am just in awe and feel wicked lucky we have yet another Cohen album–blessed are we for the Gods of music.
This pick is hilarious–don’t miss it. Piki And Poko: Adventures in Starland is a Flash cartoon that was made my Mondo Mini Shows. Check out the thrilling adventures of Piki Matsumoto and Poko Shizumitsu.
Watch as Piki And Poko are “sucked into Starland by evil candy. They are needed there to free the celestial DJs from ‘The Homemaker’ and Shaper.” What continues next week?
Until “Inky Flesh” is published, these 29 cartoon shorts will more than keep you entertained. You will love Fertilidad.
Poko is my spirit warrior, for I, too, am not afraid to fight candy.