On his Freak Zone a few weeks ago, Stuart Maconie asked for recommendations of “alternative country records”. This got me thinking: what country records fall within the parameters of the Freak Zone? Then, by some YouTube algorithmical kismet, via a recommendation in an Alan Jacobs’ newsletter, I heard Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei. I’d found my first recommendation.
Parties can cultivate our connections to others, bring meaning to one another’s lives, and reveal the world with them. They can also confirm one another’s existences, serving as a reminder to friends that they matter, and that one matters to one’s friends. Moreover, the warmth and laughter that authentic partying sparks can help people cope with the chaos of life. De Beauvoir wrote of her wartime parties in occupied Paris: they saved up food stamps and then binged on food, fun and alcohol. They danced, sang, played music and improvised. The artist Dora Maar mimed bullfights, Sartre mimed orchestra-conducting in a cupboard, and Albert Camus banged on saucepan lids as if in a marching band
Being and drunkeness: how to party like an existentialist
For those of us now attempting our parties and meet-ups via Zoom. The existentialists at least thought it worth persisting with.
Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home
In My Decade Wrapped (and I’m aware there was detractors, but it’s hard not to agree with Om Malik’s post Spotify Wrapped: Data Story Done Right) my musical artist of the last decade was Iron & Wine.
The Building – Ballad of Electric St.
This year instead of choosing an album of the year, I’m choosing my band of the year. And that band is The Building. Read more
Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby
For December I’ve been choosing songs that aren’t ostensibly Christmas songs but feel to me like they are. But no such thing going on with this week’s choice.
Ella and Louis – Autumn in New York
Astronomical Autumn begins tomorrow.