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Tag line: Partying like it was 1999.
Description: Celebrating the creativity that will keep civilization from collapsing. Or at least making it fun until it does. Author is a Gen X journalist.
My other writing:
One of the many great things about the existence of Friday Night Lights is that introduced the world to Explosions in the Sky, a band that takes three guitars and drums and spins out music that would be the envy of any composer writing pieces for string quartets.
Texas Monthly has the story of how this Texas band’s music has been a go-to source of scene-setters for many film and TV producers with good taste.
Their masterwork is Your Hand in Mine. You’ve surely heard it, even if you haven’t realized it. Most recently, it appeared in a wonderfully sentimental ad for Pacifico beer in which some young guys go out surfing and then, following a presumably deceased father’s instructions, return some sand to the beach they’re visiting. …
This publication is all about creativity and progress, and while a nation holds its breath to see if we can dump a petulant tyrant and his enablers out of office, NASA hit the mother lode of creativity and progress.
(Disclaimer: A family member worked for NASA for a year. But not on this, and it’s safe to say this is pretty cool even for people who have no idea where NASA has offices.)
It’s fun to make fun of inspirational sayings. They’re superficial. They don’t offer real solutions. They’re often divorced from reality.
In some cases, they’re actually harmful. If they work for you, great. They might not work for your friend or family member who’s depressed.
Finding the right words to say isn’t easy. …
So says a BBC Radio 2 poll.
You could make a case for Achtung Baby being a better artistic statement, a more cohesive song cycle that takes the listener through the temptation of the seedier side of life and the ramifications it can have on relationships. but The Joshua Tree has stuck more firmly in listeners’ heads, so it’s not a bad choice.
This is a British poll, so Americans may scratch their heads at the third-place finish by the Stone Roses and the lofty perches for The Human League, The Smiths and ABC.
The Human League actually spread their best songs across multiple…
Musically, the Coldplay song Fix You is stunning, especially in the last two minutes. The guitar plays a repeated pattern on two strings — first in unison, then a fifth apart, then a dissonant minor second, as if suggesting a difficult period interrupting life’s pleasant harmony. The chords reinforce the point with a dip to the relative minor before being lifted back into a reassuring IV-I-V-I.
(For non-music people — those are the three most common chords in Western music. …
One of the oldest pieces I’ve ever read on media bias is still the best.
And now, as a lot of people try to dismiss the media as partisan (which, to be fair, is often true on cable, especially with certain propaganda arms), it’s a good time to take a look at the structural biases that aren’t partisan.
Trump gained this power because he fascinated the media. He moved the needle. That got him a lot of free advertising. This piece is prescient.
Once again, we’re building a whole toolbox to fight COVID-19. It’s not just a vaccine.
We all get angry. We all forget everyone else is human. We all say things we would never say if we knew the whole story.
So with that in mind, here are a few things to consider before you flip a middle finger, either in real life or with an emoji:
The drive-thru employee who messed up your order may be drowsy from working two jobs to make ends meet.
The guy on the subway listening to music turned up so loud that the whole train car can hear what’s blasting through his earbuds may be trying to forget about being laid off. …
The Boomers are still in charge of almost everything. The Millennials think they’re in charge of everything. Gen Z isn’t in charge of anything, and they’re quite loud about it.
Gen X? Remember us?
We’re caught between two of the loudest and pushiest generations in history. And it’s time we spoke up.
I’ve started a new publication called X-temporaneous. We’ll indulge in some nostalgia, but as the “temporaneous” part of the name should make clear, we’re also speaking up about what’s happening now — in politics, in music, in movies, in sports and in general.
Check it out, and if you’re interested in writing, respond here. Or there.
Before the Apocalypse isn’t going away. It’ll still have its focus on creativity. Enjoy.