Posted 3 years ago

Must Read: "What Happened to Obama’s Passion?"

claytoncubitt:

“I know you’re scared and angry. Many of you have lost your jobs, your homes, your hope. This was a disaster, but it was not a natural disaster. It was made by Wall Street gamblers who speculated with your lives and futures. It was made by conservative extremists who told us that if we just eliminated regulations and rewarded greed and recklessness, it would all work out. But it didn’t work out. And it didn’t work out 80 years ago, when the same people sold our grandparents the same bill of goods, with the same results. But we learned something from our grandparents about how to fix it, and we will draw on their wisdom. We will restore business confidence the old-fashioned way: by putting money back in the pockets of working Americans by putting them back to work, and by restoring integrity to our financial markets and demanding it of those who want to run them. I can’t promise that we won’t make mistakes along the way. But I can promise you that they will be honest mistakes, and that your government has your back again.” A story isn’t a policy. But that simple narrative — and the policies that would naturally have flowed from it — would have inoculated against much of what was to come in the intervening two and a half years of failed government, idled factories and idled hands. That story would have made clear that the president understood that the American people had given Democrats the presidency and majorities in both houses of Congress to fix the mess the Republicans and Wall Street had made of the country, and that this would not be a power-sharing arrangement. It would have made clear that the problem wasn’t tax-and-spend liberalism or the deficit — a deficit that didn’t exist until George W. Bush gave nearly $2 trillion in tax breaks largely to the wealthiest Americans and squandered $1 trillion in two wars.

And perhaps most important, it would have offered a clear, compelling alternative to the dominant narrative of the right, that our problem is not due to spending on things like the pensions of firefighters, but to the fact that those who can afford to buy influence are rewriting the rules so they can cut themselves progressively larger slices of the American pie while paying less of their fair share for it.

But there was no story — and there has been none since.” -Drew Westen

Posted 3 years ago
Posted 3 years ago
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
Ira Glass (via nefffy)
Posted 3 years ago

Tris Wants a Theory On Titus’ The Monitor

Mr McCall writes, in Critics Poll XXI (which has finally made the Jersey papes):

And where the heck is Titus Andronicus?, I hear you cry. Where is the great ramshackle hope of the Bergen County backwoods?

Unbelievably, The Monitor was only named on two ballots. I can’t figure out how this happened, and I welcome your theories.

I got a theory for you: it’s fucking terrible. 

I bet you couldn’t see that coming.

Posted 3 years ago

The Press are also playing at Lucky's tonight with Black Water

Crazy good line-up, two really bad ass (and rather loud) rock bands under one tiny roof. Good cheez fries at Lucky’s.

Posted 3 years ago

Black Water in Jersey City 1/11

Received in email, a typically concise and unadorned message from Jersey City’s psych-punk rockers, Black Water:

Hello Friends,

We’ve been hibernating this winter, working on new material. Just a
quick message to let you know that we have an upcoming show at Lucky 7
Tavern. We’re going to play at least two brand new songs, so we’re
pretty jazzed up. Here are the details:

Tuesday 1/11/11, 8:30pm
Lucky 7 Tavern
322 2nd Street
Jersey City NJ

More news to come later this month.

Lucky’s is a tiny-ass place with wickedly bad for you cheese fries and great cheap beers. Very good place to see some psych-punk.

Give a quick listen to their album Disasters, easily one of the best records released in the region in 2010:


Posted 3 years ago

I believe Tumblr has mad a dirty old man out of your dear Mayor. 

Posted 3 years ago
americansfuck:

Lindsey Graham is buying property in Afghanistan with taxpayer money…I think it’s just a little place to host his congressional page sex parties…
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/06/taliban-group-targets-sen-graham-comment-bases-afghanistan/


Drunken Sufis are one of the best bands in NYC, and easily the ones with the biggest middle finger for the establishment (americansfuck appears to be their tumblr).
I wish more of the up-and-coming bands in Brooklyn could be so politically outspoken. Getting bored of the wishy-washy-dreamy-winter-scenes-cum-country-twang that is the current staple. More on some of that soon.

americansfuck:

Lindsey Graham is buying property in Afghanistan with taxpayer money…I think it’s just a little place to host his congressional page sex parties…

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/06/taliban-group-targets-sen-graham-comment-bases-afghanistan/

Drunken Sufis are one of the best bands in NYC, and easily the ones with the biggest middle finger for the establishment (americansfuck appears to be their tumblr).

I wish more of the up-and-coming bands in Brooklyn could be so politically outspoken. Getting bored of the wishy-washy-dreamy-winter-scenes-cum-country-twang that is the current staple. More on some of that soon.

Posted 3 years ago

You Know Who Else Kept The Trains Running On Time…

I hire good managers, whaddya want?

Posted 3 years ago