Friday, May 22, 2009

tiresome, with a smile

i never thought i was a person of strong habits. i still don't think i am-- but my appraisal has to incorporate the fact that, somehow, i have fallen into a few persistent habits. along with my other general proclivities, i'm sure this makes me a really tiresome person. i have been trying to convince certain people of this immutable fact for some time now (yet another tiresome quality of mine), and am somewhat disheartened by their reticence to see it my way (ditto).

however, in my occasional single-mindedness, or more properly my occasional obsessions, i come across some good shit which merits sharing. that's what blogs are for. so, while we're counting them down, here we go:

cappuccinos: every day. if i don't have at least two good ones, i get quite cranky. currently i am a visiting scholar of annoying the baristas at peregrine espresso; i have not decided whether i'll return to my tenure-track position at the new iteration of murky when it opens in chinatown, but in the meanwhile, this is great. it's sort of the exact opposite of murky, for better or worse: clean, friendly, small, new, tasteful, simple. honestly, each of those could be a strength or weakness, as i have discussed at length with various folks. (discussing things at length: tiresome).

songs: i frequently listen to the same songs over and over again when i'm really into them. i didn't used to do this, but i do now. i add in some filler (it's not 100 repetitions, more like 30 listens in one day), but still. recently it's been okkervil river, especially black sheep boy, especially when running. i think their recorded work is fantastic-- everything is very thoughtfully arranged. maybe it's the austin connection, but they remind me of spoon in that way, even though they're totally stylistically different (and spoon is actually good live). whatever it is, it's making me want to put a band together. also, they have perfect song lengths. if you can't run a mile in the time it takes you to listen to either black and song of our so-called friend or so come back, i am waiting, then just give up. (concept albums, drawing connections, knowing what cities bands are from, knowing which bands are good live, talking about my music, talking about running, unnecessary parentheses: tiresome).

the new yorker: there are so many good articles. i tell you about all of them. here's one that you should actually read, because it's about two movies that every single american person has seen: gone with the wind and the wizard of oz. fascinating! (posting new yorker articles, fawning about new yorker articles, new yorker articles, new yorker readers: tiresome)

the upshot of this is: 1) you should not read my blog; 2) you should not be my friend; 3) i hope i never get a job; 4) everything i do is annoying, even noticing that i am annoying.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

i've never, ever seen Gone With the Wind and have no desire to do so. just an fyi.