Sunday, April 22, 2007


As if you could not tell, I am putting this internet endeavor on hiatus. The weather is beautiful, there is much to read and absorb, much to do.

Here are a few noteworthy things during my absence:

<i>This American Life</i> Completes Documentation Of Liberal, Upper-Middle-Class Existence

The Onion

This American Life Completes Documentation Of Liberal, Upper-Middle-Class Existence

CHICAGO—Producers have documented every single existential crisis or self-congratulatory epiphany that has been or could be experienced by a left-leaning agnostic.

The Onion gives a much needed kick in the groin to Ira Glass's "This American Life". I have always been infinitely irritated by the precious, pretentious and self-consciously "quirky" cadre of Glass, the ridiculously overrated David Sedaris et. al. And Sarah Vowell makes my skin crawl. Her voice. Her cutesy, unfunny writing and bullshit Americana. I hate Sarah Vowell.

-Wikipedia has its share of awful articles. Their standards are also flawed. The entry on George Takei has more references and is longer (and more informative) than the one on Giovanni Boccaccio. This is not to say that George Takei isn't important in his own way, but still*.

Sometimes, they are excellent. The entry on Anthony Burgess is not only incredibly informative, but entertaining.

-Here is the third of Alban Berg's Fünf Orchesterlieder nach Ansichtkartentexten von Peter Altenberg, Op. 4, soprano and orchestra (1912), one of the greatest compositions of the early 20th century. Enjoy it here from its murderously difficult vocal score!:

-I heartily recommend Clive James' important and wise Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts.

Enjoy the other sites on the internet while I'm gone. There are so many.

*There are countless other examples, this only being a random one. How about The History of Chinese Cuisine article compared to the one on Viagra? Or the pathetic article on Central Semitic Languages compared to the thorough exegesis of Britney & Kevin: Chaotic. How does one ask "Can you handle my truth?" in Ugaritic?


Blogger A. B. Chairiet said...

I hope you enjoy your hiatus, Patrick. :)

I've been on one too.

Maybe we can chat one night when we both come back.

Take care and Happy Friday,
~ Ash

6:07 AM  
Blogger A Chair said...

That Onion article looks like it was written by someone who half-listened to one show and then closely read a National Review editorial on NPR listeners.

10:36 PM  

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