2009-01-15 - 12:54 p.m.
Playing catch up with the Zeitgeist, from most recent to most belated:
One of my favorite qualities in an artist is eclecticism--as long as it seems like evidence of a curious and dissatisfied inner wraith and not just some cynical game of dress-up to seduce as many buyers as possible. And though I can do without about 1/3 of the tracks here, as a whole this is a pretty cool and varied effort.
I am finally getting around to Michael Chabon's Yiddish Policemen's Union, which has been slouching dejectedly on my bookshelf for a year and a half. It is as great, so far, as you'd expect from Chabon--a mystery/noir/fantasy set in the fictional Alaskan Jewish diaspora .
I tend to shy away from smart-people music (i.e. songs that you can't jog to), so it's not surprising that I passed on Architecture in Helsinki back when they were making a big noise.
It's not the music of my soul, but their In Case We Die album is just awesome--prog-rock for the Facebook generation, or Sparks with more members, or Mercury Rev without quite as many hooks.
The Late '90s
I made it all the way to 2008 without ever having seen an episode of Buffy, thinking it would have nothing to offer me (demons? vampires? Eh.)
Plus, aside from Rushmore, I like to avoid movies and TV shows set in high school, because high school...bllaaarggh!
I was finally persuaded to give the Slayer a chance, and I am now up to Season 3 and enjoying it greatly.
For one thing, I'd only known David Boreanaz as the terribly hammy and awkward actor from Bones, and I was shocked to discover that, as the brooding vampire love interest Angel, he is pretty compelling (er, except when he has to do an accent). I guess there is a perfect role for every actor.
Secondly, it's got Spike! Enough said. (And he can do an accent.)
Nextly, it's fun and funny escapist fare, and I'm not quite post-modern enough to be unmoved by powerful and sympathetic heroes who battle for good, all the while making wisecracks.
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