Week notes 2020-04

  • It has been a relatively hard week this week.
  • The week started on Monday morning, just after 4am, when I was woken by the sound of barking and whining from the kitchen, and came downstairs to find Buster had…. well his new diet wasn’t agreeing with him, let’s just leave it at that.
  • Two days of wiping up dog excrement from my kitchen floor were followed by two late nights in the office getting a pitch together (and by late I mean anywhere between 10pm and midnight). To be fair, that doesn’t happen very often these days, and there’s a bit of me that enjoys pitching and a team of people coming together to get something done etc etc… But if you’ve been awake from 4am cleaning up poop then its a fraction more difficult.
  • (And, yes, parents, I know: Your heart bleeds for me. That’s why I’m not complaining that hard!)
  • Between me writing that last point and writing this one, I made Sunday dinner while my wife changed the sheets on our bed… And then Buster promptly went upstairs and pissed all over that same bed. Something he’s never done before. The delights of owning a dog.
  • Being angry with a dog is difficult!
  • Meanwhile, in none dog news…
  • They Might Be Giants were the first band I saw live. I was about 12 and Birdhouse In Your Soul was in the Top 10 and they were playing the Sheffield Octagon, so me and I guess what you’d have to call my first real ‘girlfriend’ went, and it was pretty amazing. I’ve always been very grateful that they were my first gig experience. Anyway Flood turned 30 ths week and Spin magazine asked a bunch of musicians what the album means to them.
  • The Guardian interviewed Brian Cox about Succession and being ‘touched up by Princess Margaret’ and it’s pretty great.
  • The Baffler‘s John Semley wrote about two of his favourite films of the year, one of which I’ve seen, one which I haven’t and neither of which have been nominated for Oscars.
  • Does monoculture still exist on the internet? is a very long, but I think pretty crucial, read from Vox. It’s much more about TV and music than it is about writng and opinions, but still an interesting and slightly worrying read.
  • And talking of monocultures and methods of discovery: a much shorter article from the Washing Post about The accidental book review that made Jack Kerouac famous contains these lines:

The persuasive power of an individual review today is vastly diluted by the fragmentation of the media and the frantic chirping of cable channels, Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and text messaging at all hours. Abbreviated attention moves on at an almost mindless speed. A trend rises and vanishes, all but forgotten before it ever sticks. A book and a book review — even if capturing a cultural turning point — today can’t help losing the competition for eyes to Twitter bursts and viral videos. One might wonder what social transitions are never noticed these days in all the noise.

So yeah. Twitter would have buried On The Road basically.

And with that depressing thought, I’ll leave you.

Maybe some They Might Be Giants wil make it better.

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