The world is better when there’s a democrat in office. The music is better when there’s a republican in office.





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tiffanyb answered your question “Questions and Stuff”

I don’t know what your tastes run to but: listening to The Neighbourhood, watching Orphan Black

Orphan Black keeps coming up when I ask people about TV. I saw the pilot and loved it, then never got back to it. I have to revisit this. 

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FWIW, that’s usually how I make friends too.

See, it works!

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Questions and Stuff

Lately I’ve had the urge to use Tumblr as more than just a platform to share stuff I like.Increasingly I’ve been using it the same way I used my long dead blog, as a place to talk honestly about what’s going on with me. I’m sure this has everything to do with the fact that I don’t feel great lately. I’m equally certain that these bad feelings and the urge to spill my feelings on the screen will pass. In the meantime, thanks for bearing with me.

So what’s got me worried this morning:

So I finished the big project, the book version of A Year of Billy Joel. Now I’m waiting for things that are beyond my control to see when and how it will see the light of day. The waiting game sucks.

Since I’ve spent much of my free time working on my manuscript I’m woefully out of touch with what’s going on in the rest of the world and I need to catch up.  As my favorite shows have come to an end I haven’t replaced them with anything new.I don’t really know where to start.

Speaking of being out of touch I have bought 4 newly released records in the last year. I have bought a ton of back catalog stuff but I’m out of touch with anything new. Welcome to my 40’s I guess. Is it dad rock from here on out? Should I just buy some pleated khakis and the Don Henley catalog and call it a day?

I’m going to say no to that last question but I’m curious to know what you are watching and/or listening to. What if your favorite record or show from the last year?


John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats joins Fresh Air to talk about his new novel, Wolf in White Van, his dark adolescence, and the best part of his job: 

"I hang out and sign records for an hour or two hours every night and I like to hear as many people’s stories as I can, because if somebody wants to share their story with me, I want to honor that. … But if you’re hearing a bunch of [stories], it gets very intense. It’s a lot.

I feel a duty. … I really think there’s a lot of music you can use to heal and save yourself. It’s not like I have some magic power and I reached inside somebody and said, “Oh, you didn’t know this about yourself until I wrote this song.” That’s not true. What I did is I made a thing, and somebody who needed to find something found mine and chose to meet me out on that ground.

It’s this area of communication that is unique to music, I think. That’s a choice that the listener makes to share that part of themselves with the artist who hopefully shared part of himself. … It’s very intense to have those sorts of conversations, have people sharing stuff that may be a secret, but I try to be worthy of it. It’s an honor. I’ve worked a lot of jobs — this is the best one.”

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alternatives to “it was all just a dream”

  • it was all just a story the narrator heard somebody else tell on the bus
  • it was all just somebody rambling after getting their wisdom teeth out
  • it was all just a feature length puppet show
  • it was all just a set of cave paintings
  • it was all just a frighteningly elaborate set of instructions on the back of a microwaveable meal

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Ian and I have been really un-social since we moved here. This article gave me a little hope that we can pull out of that slump.

Two part plan: Move to LA. Hang with us.

I have been going through the same dilemma and felt awful about it, until I read this Ask Polly and felt better: nymag.com/thecut/…

Replying so others can read the Ask Polly linked above.

Kicking Is Hard But The Bottom Is Harder

Twenty minutes before class began on Wednesday and I’m staring at my notes until I realized that I’ve learned as much as I can. So I sit there, like a cautionary tale. I might as well have a sign on that says: “Hey kids, finish that degree in your 20’s.”

It’s really tough to focus on passing a science class when you have a full time job and know for a fact that the subject matter will not apply to the real world. I’ll never use a dissection microscope once this class is over, but I am trying to humor the situation.

My real problem is  that I feel so beaten up lately. An assortment of physical and mental aches have knocked me out of commission from my marathon training and any groove I was in. I feel wrecked.

When I was still training I would frequently listen to Aimee Mann’s record The Forgotten Arm while on the treadmill. I found inspiration in it’s stories of characters struggling to almost but not quite overcome their problems. It kept me conscious of my own desire to not give up. To push past the things that used to stop me. Pushing past things is a little tougher lately.

I haven’t given up but I’ve been sidelined from running for weeks. Still I keep coming back to the same record for inspiration. It’s not a coincidence that I like to listen to a record that deals with addiction while I run. After all, I began running really seriously when I stopped drinking. Running was all I could do to keep myself on track and working towards being the person I wanted to be.

I like running because it focuses me on the thing immediately in front of me. All I can do is move ahead at my own pace until I reach the finish line. Despite the fact that I feel wrecked I’m trying to apply the same thinking to school. One class at a time until I get to the finish line.

I’m trying.