Thursday, April 17, 2008

Auto-Fun of the Day :: 4-17-2008

quote:"It ended in a transcendental theory which, with her horror of death, allowed her to believe, or say that she believed (for all her scepticism), that since our apparitions, the part of us which appears, are so momentary compared with the other, the unseen part of us, which spreads wide, the unseen might survive, be recovered somehow attached to this person or that, or even haunting certain places, after death ... perhaps - perhaps." (Virginia Wolff, Mrs. Dalloway)

1) 35 years later, can Erica Jong's feminist classic Fear of Flying stand up as actual literature? (@the chronicle of higher ed)
2) Michael Agger attempts to analyze the "feedback" for youtube's popular "Laughing Baby" video, where "commenting has become its own special form of social idiocy": "Laughing Baby vs. The YouTube Commenters." (
3) That slate article linked to these '07 videos from CollegeHumor - in which the sketch-writers have asked the question "what if businessmen communicated like youtube commenters?" - which jetted me out of EMO and into LOL in about ten seconds, no small feat (really, the fact I watched them all the way through is miracle enough, my video attention span is about ten seconds): Commenter Business Meeting 2 , Internet Commenter Business Meeting 1, Internet commenter funeral (@college humor)
4) Once upon a time, The Real World was an interesting social experiment. Season One, New York: "This is what Generation X was like before everyone decided to have their lives taped." Now? "Entering its 20th season, [TRW] long ago made the transition from grappling with issues to well, groping for butts." "The True Story of Seven Strangers ... And You" (@details)
5) "Here, a weary academic term is resuscitated and revisioned: creative writing as a necessary, death-defying act.": Miroslav Holub's poem "Creative Writing," translated from the Czech. (@poetry magazine)
6) "Why I Never Write Here, And Other Things That Are Wrong With Me" (@one d at a time)
7) I often leave books on my Visual Bookshelf forevs, and I do not know about this nagging robot of which he speaks: "A Supposedly Fun Facebook App I'll Never Use Again" (@vanity fair)
8) On the John Ashbery reading: Alone With John Ashbery (@bap blog)
9) "I wrote this next song years and years ago. I consider myself an easygoing, simple, lighthearted, positive, friendly, sweet, loveable person ... sadly, most people that have dated me don't think so. It's okay, they're bitches ... nooo ... they're not. [smiles] .. this song's about that": Tegan & Sara: "Fix You Up" (@edilma's corner)
10) Richard B. Woodward's Critical Library: Pound, Nabokov, Robert Warshow, R.P. Blackmur, John Szarkowski. (@critical mass)
Also) In the Flesh TONIGHT! (@lusty lady)


Juno said...

Fucking beautiful this:

near the cushion where the castrated cat dreams
while Mahler's forever forever forever
chokes in the green wallpaper

For some reason, today's fun makes me want to say I'm sorry for all of the weight you've had to bear that has kept you from being the phoenix that you are.

Oh, and The Room:

“Why do I tell you these things?
You are not even here.”

The poetic anatomy is the most beautiful part of her.

ana said...

That Woolf quote is one of my favorites. A little before: "the feeling they had of dissatisfaction; not knowing people; not being known. For how could they know each other?"

Funny to think how das internet/blogs fit in with that--that whole section's about not being able to connect with people, right? And then, against that, there's "the unseen part of us, which spreads wide..."

eric mathew said...

Dear Riese,

Hello friend! Where have you guess...observing Passover.

Well..your in luck. I wrote a song about my blog and you, hav and semi are all mentioned.

get excited.