Random, perhaps embarrassing thoughts, insights and opinions relating mostly to popular culture vol. 5
--I suppose I'm late to the game but I love St. Vincent.
--I don't like the phrase 'late to the game.'
--I love games but am not a fan of organized sports, however this has nothing to do with my dislike of the phrase, 'late to the game.'
--If you discover the work of an artist at any time, and their work moves or inspires you, how can that ever be late?
--However, trends are real and tastes are, too.
--I love the word conundrum.
--St. Vincent's album with David Byrne is brilliant.
--David Byrne is a refreshing example of a popular artist with integrity and expansive creativity.
--I've been listening to a LOT of Sade.
--Back in the day, I would have said, "I worship Sade."
--Some people pronounce her name: Shar Day. This is incorrect and I judge whoever does this.
--I've been listening to meditations to be more compassionate. They work. However I'm still judgemental.
--Someone publicly wondered why Beyonce didn't seem to be able to use her own message of female empowerment in her own life and relationships with men.
--Solange certainly made her mark last year. I love that album.
--I read an article that Bruno Mars couldn't be appropriating Black culture because he's part Puerto Rican.
--The idea of appropriation gets all slippery when you think about art and popular culture.
--Broadchurch is a delicious TV show.
--Humans are fascinated with death stories.
--I enjoyed the parade of powerful women at the Oscars.
--Sherman Alexie has been accused of sexual harassment/misconduct and a friend of mine who's a huge fan says she's giving all of his books away because of this.
--I'm reading an old spy novel and one of the conceits is a character who's a known 'pansy'--therefore corruptible and morally suspect. It's odious. Reading this reminded me that there are new anti-gay marriage laws being introduced in the legislature. What does this mean for folks like my husband and me, who got married in September of last year and wore flowers in our hair, like real fairies? I suppose in another era we would have been called pansies and considered morally suspect. What we really want is beauty and truth and to live lives of meaning, like most people. What's so wrong with a pansy, anyway?