Der Spiegel has a fascinating and disturbing interview with a former Auschwitz guard.
- Hey, maybe we now know who Jack the Ripper was.
- Or maybe we don’t.
- “Rejected Princesses” sounds so, so much better than Disney.
- Slate’s Emily Bazelon on not calling the police.
- Totally annoying NRA News production totally worth watching because Brian Aitken is interviewed about Shaneen Allen, and his own experience with inhumane, illogical New Jersey gun laws. (Good to know the NRA are paying attention to Allen, in spite of the dramatic editing.)
- WaPo on the insanity of civil asset forfeiture
- Happy birthday to Siegfried Sassoon. Here is a recording of him reading one of my favorite poems of his. It is very, very short, so you can definitely click on it.
- Apropos of Lindsey Ellis (The Nostalgia Chick) recently tweeting that creeps on the internet have discouraged her from making content lately (thanks, creeps!), here is here fabulous video about Max Fleischer cartoons. Fleischer cartoons — especially ones that contain Cab Calloway — are just my favorite things that creep me out. Creepy is better than creeps, if you follow me here.
- Speaking of liberal (let’s be honest) internet ladies who I find delightful, you simply must watch The Toast’s Mallory Ortberg perform her Male Novelist jokes.
- Football is back. I hate football. That’s not a link.
Official video of the night is X playing two killer songs on David Letterman in 1983. I love me some “Los Angeles” abrasive punk, but this is a little more rock and roll. Hell, clearly this band is my destiny, since they started off with rough punk, and then just turned into a country band after a while.
They play “Hot House” — *makes cat purring sound at John Doe*. Then Exene is in such kick-ass form on “Breathless,” which is a Jerry Lee Lewis song. (The “ironic” punk cover thing works when it’s just a good cover of a song, by the way.)
As I mentioned somewhere on the internet, when I saw these crazy kids, it was an awesome show, but I wasn’t in the mood for the show until it was over. Since this is Pittsburgh, that could be years and years. (This explains why I have a major California itch right now, too. Along with beloved cousin lives there, and my yearning to hang out with Eric Garris and Justin Raimondo.) The crowd itself was impressively horrible, except for two solid rows of people who couldn’t be happier to be there. That, kids, is why concerts are the thing. I run the gamut of emotions (“from A to B”) at them each time. Love for humans, love for their complete joy in being there, and just a homicidal loathing for all the jerks who should have drank beer in their own homes.
I was also vaguely thinking as I watched the Letterman performance about how John Doe is hot, and Exene is such a bad-ass chick. And I wonder if there are any straight men in the world who, say if they aren’t musicians themselves, ever watch rock and roll ladies and want to be like them. Do they just want to do them instead? Do men admire women? Sometimes I think they don’t. Or, they might admire them, but they never want to be them the way I want to be a rock and roll dude (or a certain writer, or whomever). John Doe is attractive with his weird hillbilly punk vibe, but I would be just as happy to be that cool guy playing the bass as to lust after him. I don’t think men react that way to watching Exene. If men want to be women ever, they hide it pretty damn well.
There are women I find aspirational and bad-ass in the world, but there are a lot more men. I hate that a little. I mostly listen to men, I mostly read men. I am the self-aware version of the Jezebel commenter’s slur that goes, those girls who say they don’t get along with girls are the worst. Most of the time, I am more comfortable with men, and I have more to say to them. Neither going to lady college, nor admitting that I like some cute shit and laughing at Lifetime movies, and that I hate football, changed this fact. Yet, I still think men really do have a shameful inability to identify with women. They are the default, we are the other. Tiresome college feminism things have a few points now and again. Maybe I am thinking about that because I lately feel so turned off by feminism. (And yet, conservatives’ views on gender are so not going to happen for me. Gross. Everyone is so wrong and reactionary on this issue. Just like on every other issue, to be fair.)
Sweet fancy Moses, I am treating this professional(ish) blog like the secret Tumblr of my heart. I just…thought about this while watching X. You don’t have to. Just enjoy the rock and roll. I’ll be here being distracted from the police being the worst again.