AKB48, “鈴懸の木の道で「君の微笑みを夢に見る」と言ってしまったら僕たちの関係はどう変わってしまうのか、僕なりに何日か考えた上でのやや気恥ずかしい結論のようなもの” (2013)

When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like A King…

…”Sort of a little bit embarrassing conclusion I came up to after thinking for days about how our relationship would change if while walking along a road of plane trees I said to you, ‘I dream of your smile’” is the 34th single by the Japanese idol girl group AKB48…

(Title is the best thing about the song, sadly.)


For added context in the “Is Lorde Racist???" tiff, consider how Americans talk about New Zealand cultural practices.


So into people* who say things like “Taylor is new Springsteen” or “Taylor is new Dylan” with absolutely no regard for boring old types who would never be happy about a young pop-country woman being the new any-of-their-old-heroes.
(Also, like when I listened to Fearless for the first time I did think Springsteen; maybe it was the “Born to Run” in “Fifteen”/”White Horse” viz “That was a small town in my rearview disappearing now.”)
*esp people who submit to SwiftSecrets cause I kinda assume that everyone who does that is thirteen at most.

So into people* who say things like “Taylor is new Springsteen” or “Taylor is new Dylan” with absolutely no regard for boring old types who would never be happy about a young pop-country woman being the new any-of-their-old-heroes.

(Also, like when I listened to Fearless for the first time I did think Springsteen; maybe it was the “Born to Run” in “Fifteen”/”White Horse” viz “That was a small town in my rearview disappearing now.”)

*esp people who submit to SwiftSecrets cause I kinda assume that everyone who does that is thirteen at most.


taylorswift:

"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),It’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”E.E. Cummings

Now that T-Sweezy is on Tumblr I can share here what I said on Twitter, which is that I’m pretty sure this marks the point Taylor and What Taylor Does merged into a single entity.

taylorswift:

"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”
E.E. Cummings

Now that T-Sweezy is on Tumblr I can share here what I said on Twitter, which is that I’m pretty sure this marks the point Taylor and What Taylor Does merged into a single entity.


taylorswift:

Taylor Swift is officially on Tumblr!
~Taylor Nation

guys. guysguysguysguysguys.

taylorswift:

Taylor Swift is officially on Tumblr!

~Taylor Nation

guys. guysguysguysguysguys.


First, the depth of the crisis is masked for the ALP by the electoral system. The two party preferred system inflates the focus on Labor when the real mood of the electorate is one of a cultural and emotional disengagement with the whole democratic system. The crisis is masked again by compulsory voting when representative democracy itself is now part of the problem as new horizontal and more direct forms of democracy permeate our lives, often online. But in Oz, while you are legally bound to participate in a system that, to say the least, is losing its legitimacy, democracy becomes more and more just an edifice. Of course, the same applies to the Liberals, but it matters more for the ALP because the right is always in power, regardless of whether it’s in office. Democracy is the only tool Labor has, the only source of power and influence. A sham democracy just results in the illusion of power when in office.

- Neal Lawson, "The challenge for Labor", Evatt Foundation, 7 April 2014 (via redrabbleroz)

jacking the important part from Oz’s quote.

Aw, hell, this on the ALP is good too doe:

Thirdly, its deep, bitter and, as far as I can see, politically meaningless factional divides deny the possibility of fresh thinking and the chance to form powerful and imaginative new intellectual alliances. The personalisation beyond any purpose, the hubris, the jobs for the boys and a few girls, instills rigidity and conformity when the very opposite is so clearly required.


Saul Austerlitz:

I spend most of my time, professionally speaking, writing about movies and books, and during quiet moments, I like to entertain myself by imagining what might happen if the equivalent of poptimism were to transform those other disciplines. A significant subset of book reviewers would turn up their noses at every mention of Jhumpa Lahiri and James Salter as representatives of snobbish, boring novels for the elite and argue that to be a worthy critic, engaged with mass culture, you would have to direct the bulk of your critical attention to the likes of Dan Brown and Stephenie Meyer. 

lol

Saul Austerlitz:

I spend most of my time, professionally speaking, writing about movies and books, and during quiet moments, I like to entertain myself by imagining what might happen if the equivalent of poptimism were to transform those other disciplines. A significant subset of book reviewers would turn up their noses at every mention of Jhumpa Lahiri and James Salter as representatives of snobbish, boring novels for the elite and argue that to be a worthy critic, engaged with mass culture, you would have to direct the bulk of your critical attention to the likes of Dan Brown and Stephenie Meyer.

lol


Biore, I don’t understand why you are telling me that using your product to make myself pretty is “disgusting”?

Biore, I don’t understand why you are telling me that using your product to make myself pretty is “disgusting”?

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So I originally decided I’d go to Seoul because I was in the area and had some time and thought, like, why not? Like, someone told me you could get a boat from Busan to Fukuoka and that was the moment South Korea and Japan, for me, went from they’re near each other on a map to oh yeah, you could go from one to the other really easily. I dunno, maybe cause I grew up in Australia and have only ever really been to America (and, briefly, Canada), I don’t intuitively think of countries as being close to other countries.
But even then I was just going to Korea cause it was there (or, more precisely, near there) and it wasn’t until I dumped myself into Streetview and started looking around the main drag that I figured out that this might possibly be a really cool city to visit. Exhibit A: Grand Boulevard With Statue Guy, Leading Up To Palace And Mountain, Surrounded By Skyscrapers. Exhibit B: Oh yeah, this is sorta kinda maybe the second biggest metro area in the whole world? More people live here than in all of Australia; they have to be up to something interesting.
So I’ve learned a little bit, like how there are two major downtown areas, Jongno-gu and Jun-gu, and Hongdae is a neat university area, but I feel this is basically analogous to saying of New York, “well… there’s Manhattan… and Brookyln.” 
So, I still don’t really have any idea how this is going to work, particularly considering despite my completely minimal efforts, I haven’t learned hangul beyond knowing that the circle thing means that a syllable starts with a vowel sound. (I’m not concerned at my ability to get by without knowing Korean; it just seems arrogant to show up to someone else’s country without having tried to learn their language.) I know less of what to expect from Seoul than any place I’ve ever been in my life. 
Anyway, mostly this post has been written to procrastinate from booking a hotel, because how do humans even book hotels? I don’t know where I want to stay and how much to spend on it and how fancy is fancy enough for me. Organisation is the worst.
UPDATE: I’m staying in Sinchon? (Hopefully not the one in North Korea doe.)

So I originally decided I’d go to Seoul because I was in the area and had some time and thought, like, why not? Like, someone told me you could get a boat from Busan to Fukuoka and that was the moment South Korea and Japan, for me, went from they’re near each other on a map to oh yeah, you could go from one to the other really easily. I dunno, maybe cause I grew up in Australia and have only ever really been to America (and, briefly, Canada), I don’t intuitively think of countries as being close to other countries.

But even then I was just going to Korea cause it was there (or, more precisely, near there) and it wasn’t until I dumped myself into Streetview and started looking around the main drag that I figured out that this might possibly be a really cool city to visit. Exhibit A: Grand Boulevard With Statue Guy, Leading Up To Palace And Mountain, Surrounded By Skyscrapers. Exhibit B: Oh yeah, this is sorta kinda maybe the second biggest metro area in the whole world? More people live here than in all of Australia; they have to be up to something interesting.

So I’ve learned a little bit, like how there are two major downtown areas, Jongno-gu and Jun-gu, and Hongdae is a neat university area, but I feel this is basically analogous to saying of New York, “well… there’s Manhattan… and Brookyln.” 

So, I still don’t really have any idea how this is going to work, particularly considering despite my completely minimal efforts, I haven’t learned hangul beyond knowing that the circle thing means that a syllable starts with a vowel sound. (I’m not concerned at my ability to get by without knowing Korean; it just seems arrogant to show up to someone else’s country without having tried to learn their language.) I know less of what to expect from Seoul than any place I’ve ever been in my life. 

Anyway, mostly this post has been written to procrastinate from booking a hotel, because how do humans even book hotels? I don’t know where I want to stay and how much to spend on it and how fancy is fancy enough for me. Organisation is the worst.

UPDATE: I’m staying in Sinchon? (Hopefully not the one in North Korea doe.)


At the Novitiate, the motherless Kataoka children were inconsolable. Father Cieslik worked hard to keep them distracted. He put riddles to them. He asked, “What is the cleverest animal in the world?” and after the thirteen-year-old girl had guessed the ape, the elephant, the horse, he said, “No, it must be the hippopotamus,” because in Japanese that animal is kaba, the reverse of baka, stupid.

John Hersey, Hiroshima (1946)

I’m learnding!

(This really is, as you may have heard, a remarkable piece of journalism.)



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