Whatcha doin' out there, man?
If that subhead is a reference to Flight Of The Conchords' "Bowie", then I salute you, Matt Welch.
Kmele, in your Big Think teaser for Dispatches, I certainly didn’t expect to see both Fred Armisen and David Krakauer, brilliant scientist and head of Santa Fe Institute, to show up as interviewees. That’s a hellavua broad intellectual range! Looks juicy! For the uninitiated, Krakauer doesn’t just study complexity, but also human stupidity...no, I’m not making that up, and he told me everybody always laughs when he says that. But isn’t it worth studying?
(recorded a pod w Krakauer, will post it to 5th chat when it is out. )
Matt, clear from your video on the flyers we’re now living through an age where hard left think free speech goes in only one direction. They get it, nobody else does, and anybody else trying to exercise it is morally offensive to them.
Speaking of our beloved Bill of Rights, something my fellow FIFers may appreciate. It is a big read, so mostly for those w libertarian leanings who love the 4th Amendment assertion that we’re SUPPOSED to be free of unreasonable search (an assertion getting crushed daily by surveillance tech). It took months of reporting to crack how this surveillance laser works and how it might be deployed against ordinary people AKA all of us. https://technoskeptic.substack.com/p/will-this-military-laser-steal-your
Here's a link to "The Natural History of Destruction", the film that Moynihan mentioned in “Poundtown”. It's about the bombing of Dresden using found footage and was brought up in the context of debates about which civilians are considered innocent.
I thought the "Brown Political Review" was a website with a non-white viewpoint, and thought it odd that Kmele would be interviewed by them given his views on race, then I realised it was the based at the University.
Comment of the week, gosh I'm honored! :D
Slowdive! Matt should listen to their Souvlaki album from 1993. Here’s a link!
Their 2017 self-titled album is also great (released 24 years after Souvlaki)
And they just released another great album this year titled “everything is alive”
Slowdive’s cover of Syd Barrett’s “Golden Hair” is superb and causes some people to cry:
Finally, Pitchfork put out a very good documentary of the band and their Souvlaki album. NME and other British music magazines put out absolutely vicious reviews of that album. Even the Manic Street Preachers’ Richey Edwards declared, “I hate Slowdive more than Hitler!”
Kmele is certainly my fave host for my present mid-life crisis*....
* an extraordinary, phenomenal, well-dappered one I will be clear about
The most distressing part of Dispatches from The Well was that Kmele drives his own car. I thought the man who had a red box distance and a taste for the extravagant would have the good taste to hire a driver in a foreign country.
Kat Timpf (#33, #97) has a show on Wednesday, November 8, at NYC's The Venue at The Hard Rock. Her show is part of the New York Comedy Festival. Info and tickets here!
Since I learned that the Israeli government was showing footage of the Hamas massacre to journalists, I found myself wishing, somewhat perversely, that a photographer were on hand to take portraits of the journalists before and after they saw the film. A similar, but kinder project is linked below. What does it feel like to witness the worst acts of brutality of which man is capable? How might one viscerally react. What light might wink out in the eyes of those who've born witness.
Now that the video (broken into clips, apparently) is available, I think I have to stop wondering and watch it myself.
Remember remember the FIF of November!
Re: Lake/Finkelstein debate, 100% (literally) of the comments YouTube shows me are effusive in their praise of Finkelstein. What should I make of that? I am incredulous. Should I be? Maybe the state of affairs, including widespread and unabashed support of Hamas, is worse than I imagine. Someone, please explain.
After a few drinks:
My heart lights up at Jane Goodall, whose film "Among the Wild Chimpanzees" I watched at 5 years old one night in 1981, while my dad worked an evening shift at the now gone Barney's Burgers in my hometown. I sobbed (SOBBED) when Flo died. I saw her one night recently at UCSB, and am glad Kmele included her. Like her, David Greybeard is also my favorite. She is one cool lady, and I hope Kmele is honored AF to have her.
On that note, it would be cool to see the likes of Adyashanti included in Kmele's discussion about life. https://adyashanti.opengatesangha.org/
Kmele: Love. You. Man. Prayers for you always. Go, go, go! 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
Prayers for the rest of you. Keep the faith.
Kmele, your style is on point (but what was I expecting)? That shacket, pure John Dutton. The pin with "I Am a Man." And don't think we missed the Kanye teddy bear sticker on the laptop. I pray for him too.
The kid likes shoegaze? Hell yeah.