Wednesday, December 07, 2005

I'm listening to a hip hop station on Live 365 one of my favorite online radio communities and the song 'Ghetto Bird' by Ice Cube is playing.

I find it amusing that a lot of older hip hop (Ice Cube, Ice T, Dr. Dre circa The Chronic, Snoop Dog etc) brings back a lot of memories. I can remember some of my baby goth and baby punks friends and I just rocking out to The Chronic. An entire summer of us all dressed in our finest freakery running around. The looks people would give us were priceless. They'd see this little group of kids dressed mostly in black. Boys and girls powedered and eye linered to beat the bad, all walking and rapping en masse.

People are easily confused and it's amusing.

I don't remember if I mentioned it but as is my habit I did some super bargain book shopping and got myself some very good each under 4 dollar books.

Real Conversations, No.1 (Henry Rollins Jello Biafra Lawrence Ferlinghetti Billy Childish) hasn't arrived yet.

Turned On arrived first. It is an unauthorized biography about Henry Rollins that while telling his story tells a good story about early punk/hardcore in DC and then across the country. At times it comes off a little fanboy ish, and some of the British-isms in it seem out of place but overall it is pretty good. What I'm enjoying more than the biographical data is the sense of how it was to be young punk and suddenly thrust into a life changing enviornment. If you are into Henry Rollins or curious about punk, hardcore and the history of the scene it's a good book to check out.

Today brought Writing Past Dark : Envy, Fear, Distraction and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life. It's a nice slim thing. I actually really love the texture of the paper my edition is printed on. Slightly pulpy, enough texture to be a pleasure under the fingertips.

And today a man on the ferry gave me a copy of the New Yorker. I've actually never read it so I'm looking forward to digging into it.

I'm still suffering some emotional fallout that I won't go into here. Mainly because I don't feel particularly safe being that kind of naked right now save for a few very close friends.

So the filthy masses get fluff and some book nattering. Be happy anybody gets that much.

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