Saturday, May 30, 2009

Does one's integrity ever lie in what he is not able to do?

Flannery O'Connor asked that question in the author's note to the 2nd edition of Wise Blood. Then she answered herself:

I think that usually it does, for free will does not mean one will, but many wills conflicting in one man. Freedom cannot be conceived simply. It is a mystery and one which a novel, even a comic novel, can only be asked to deepen.
I kind of hate it when good writers can just take four concise sentences and cut to the core of ideas I've spent a lifetime chipping around the edges of. The plurality of will, the complexity of freedom, and most importantly to me, the deadly serious task of living comedy.

Fuck you O'Connor. Fuck you to HELL.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

New names for my balls

Inspired by that Love track, I want to name my balls after streets. I am gonna name them Spring and Gustine. Then I can make all kinds of jokes about living between Spring and Gustine. Get it?

Please update your iphones and your circular mailing lists.

Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale

Here is a rare outtake from the Forever Changes sessions. Arthur Lee and the trumpet player both nearly passed out after the passage beginning around 1:43, so they decided to shorten it in the album version we all know and love.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ritchie Valens rare studio outtake

I recently came across this rare recording of Ritchie Valens' Come On Let's Go. I guess he had to shorten some of these notes so the song could fit on a 45. Also I never knew he was part robot.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Internet

The internet is a battlefield where every hour of every day some motherfucker is trying to get you to click on their useless link instead of the other guy's useless link.

It isn't easy but I'll try

I woke up with this terrible pun in my head, then spent the past hour or so trying to build a joke around it. I think it was gonna have something to do with that movie Throw Momma From the Train. It was gonna be something like "What did Sidney Poitier say to Danny Devito on the set of Throw Momma From the Train?"

Figure 12: Toss her with love.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dear blog,

I am sorry for being away for so long. I have been busy with other things. But don't think I haven't thought of you. I have some ideas. Wanna hear them? Want me to make an unordered list? You got it, B!

  • a hilarious new youtube video based on the law and order theme
  • the story of how my friend got mugged and then became a softball hero
  • plugs for shows I am in
  • new stand-up style jokes I made up, like this one: "Seriously, though, it's great to wake up next to a beautiful girl . . . [comedic pause] . . . who's still alive."
  • a song-by-song comparison/review of Alex Chilton's and Chris Bell's first (and, in the latter's case, only) post-Big Star solo records.
  • stupid ideas for commercials that would be funny once, but then irritating as HELL
  • versions of famous songs where certain parts repeat too many times, or where certain sequential processes are carried on for too long, to comedic effect
  • brand new nicknames for my balls
  • anti-bird propaganda
  • a memoire of the challenges inherent in trying to love, or at least not hate, a dog I hate
  • not smoking for a year
  • my continued love affair with the unordered list tag