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november 25, 2001 // next meteor shower is in year 2099 //
some things (events, speakers, natural phenomena, and etc) i've missed
due to my own faults:
i missed the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the meteor shower
last weekend because i was too drunk. i was really looking forward
to star gazing but it was the cognac that did it. i'm never getting drunk
at a wedding again. i hear the next meteor shower this spectacular
is in year 2099 or something like that. well, i can safely say that i
probably wouldn't be around to see that.
- tori amos concert
this wasn't entirely my fault. the only fault you could say i have was
that i just wasn't willing to spend *that* much to see tori. the one time
i got to see her in concert, she was quite excellent. until next time,
i settle for a review
of her show and listening to her cd.
- vijay prashad @ oakland
had i known that this was the same vijay that d. has been raving about,
the same one whom she says talks about the most amazing stuff; ideas she's
never even heard of, i would've definitely grimaced my way up to oakland
in traffic. however, i didn't find this out until the day after. he was
presenting his upcming book, Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian
Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity.
"In this brilliant exploration of the often surprising
historical solidarities linking Black and south Asian experiences, Prashad
demolishes the conservative conceits of ethnic essentialism and so-called
multi-culturalism. Using clever examples from Rastafarianism to Bruce
Lee, he shows how struggles against shared oppression in the crucibles
of the Caribbean plantation and US metropolis have shaped a dynamic Afro-Asian
interface in popular culture. In the usual dead zone of debate about identity
politics, this little book is a refreshing oasis of original insight and
-Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Magical Urbanism.
it's not so difficult to believe when d. says that she has an "afterglow"
after his class every friday and then she talks about it all weekend long.
i can't remember the last time i got so excited about a person or theory.
on heavy rotation:
- strange little girls by tori amos
(bootleg version bought in chinatown, nyc. i had hid it in a "safe"
place in the luggage to keep it from being damaged and couldn't remember
where i had put it for almost 2 weeks after i got back. i finally found
in in a secret compartment and has been a happy listener ever since.)
- product placement by dj shadow and cut chemist
(this is awesome! i didn't appreciate it so much at the show but i've
been listening to it ever since and it's great. thanks for the copy, w!)
still "crushin" on dj krush:
i even like his handwriting! see his hand-written note on his
but it makes me wonder whether he really said, "wreckin" and
"mad one." i wish i could read and speak japanese.