The Punk Singer: A Film About Kathleen Hanna
Hell yeah, Julia Weldon. The Village Voice calls her out for her
storytelling, voice, and unmistakable charisma. It’s rare to hear an artist be as refreshingly honest as Weldon is on Ghost. The album captures the feel of the open road on a late summer evening, while ruminating on past relationships that creep into that serenity. The album’s first single, “Careful in the Dark,” chugs nicely along, and the corners of the song are painted with a Bon Iver/Cat Power/Elliott Smith kinda vibe.
Watch this video. Or else.
- ABYSSINIAN MEDAL
Military slang, introduced after the Abyssinian War, for a button in the abdomen area “gone astray from its buttonhole.” This is probably what happens to your vest-wearing uncle after a hearty Thanksgiving meal.
- AMEN CORNER
A California term for a church.
- BASKET OF ORANGES
This phrase, which referred to a pretty woman, originated in Australia before making its way to England. “A metaphor founded on another metaphor,” author Andrew Forrester writes, “the basket of oranges being a phrase for the discovery of nuggets of gold in gold fields.”
- BEER BOTTLE
Not something you drink out of, but a street term for “a stout, red-faced man.”
- CAN’T YOU FEEL THE SHRIMP?
Cockney, from 1877, meaning “smell the sea.”
“Blushing or turning red in the face rather from the meanness of another than your own.”
- CUT A FINGER
A lower-class phrase meaning “to cause a disagreeable odor.”
- DAMNED GOOD SWINE UP
A term from 1880, “suspected to be of American origin,” for a loud quarrel.
A street term meaning “smart, active, adroit. One of the alliterative phrases with absolutely no meaning.”
- FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE
A Lancashire term for “swearing followed by kicking.”
A street term for scolding, as delivered by a woman.
- NURSE THE HOE-HANDLE
A term from agricultural American meaning “lazy.” You’re not being a lump on your couch—you’re nursing the hoe-handle!
- RAKED FORE AND AFT
Desperately in love.
- SPONGE IT OUT
This term, used beginning in 1883, meant “forget it.”
- START A JOLLY
To lead applause. The next time you do the slow clap, tell everyone you’re starting a jolly.
This Rap Battle Proposal Is The Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day
Ethereal, tiny, quixotic, Icelandic Björk.
At some point in the past, someone stuck a camera in front of her face and told her to explain television. She does, sort of, referring to the circuit board as a kind of city, describing the almost-reasonable theory of an Icelandic poet, and concluding that a “Danish book” contained the scientifical truth that let her enjoy TV again.
Look, you just have to watch it. It’s transcendent.
Perhaps it’s because they create an infinity of interesting from simple equations.
Perhaps it’s because they suggest that many seemingly chaotic phenomena have an underlying order.
Perhaps it’s because they were great early screensavers.
But nerds love fractals.
Coffees literary or writers /Cafés literarios o escritores cafeteros (ilustración de Gianluca Biscalchin)
So hard to choose a favorite, but we really dig the Agatha Christie one.