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I should have been gentler with Christine, I thought, and should have also remembered that objective facts are no match for the aggressively conciliatory nature of Northern California culture. There’s an idea in this part of America that if you do not entertain any and all opinions that cross your path, in a blissful state of total cultural, moral, and metaphysical relativism, you have sacrificed your will to “The Man.”
Culture  observation  perception  Movies  film  review  interpretation 
march 2019 by amaah
Aretha Franklin’s American Soul
“I don’t care what they say about Aretha,” Billy Preston, who died in 2006, once said. “She can be hiding out in her house in Detroit for years. She can go decades without taking a plane or flying off to Europe. She can cancel half her gigs and infuriate every producer and promoter in the country. She can sing all kinds of jive-ass songs that are beneath her. She can go into her diva act and turn off the world. But on any given night, when that lady sits down at the piano and gets her body and soul all over some righteous song, she’ll scare the shit out of you. And you’ll know—you’ll swear—that she’s still the best fuckin’ singer this fucked-up country has ever produced.”
music  voice  soul  gospel  review  culture  black  appreciation  virtuosity 
august 2018 by amaah
Waugh on the Merits
on the greatest prose stylist this side of Nabokov
Literature  review  appreciation  culture  Language  observation  religion  perception  style 
september 2017 by amaah
Taibbi Reviews Thomas Friedman
You're still grappling with that when you learn "there are a herd of environmental black elephants out there." Friedman names at least four: global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification and mass biodiversity extinction. He quotes Sweidan as saying of these: "When they hit, we'll claim they were black swans that no one could have predicted, but in fact they were black elephants, very visible right now."

Friedman just got finished telling us that a black elephant is half black swan, and half elephant in the room that will inevitably become a black swan. But now that half-swan, half swan-within-an-elephant is being contrasted with a black swan: in the near future, things that are really black elephants will be misidentified as black swans.
hatchetjob  review  language  rogues  observersareworried  culture  literature  humour  satire 
december 2016 by amaah
Helen Oyeyemi’s Locked Doors
On an oblique writer... Like dreams, her books are too odd to be good, too terrible to be loved, and too broken to be masterpieces.
africa  nigeria  literature  review  culture  appreciation 
april 2016 by amaah
Show me a hero
David Simon celebrates the small things
review  social  culture  movies  race  housing  policy  politics  drama  observation 
april 2016 by amaah
Les Lectures de Gangoueus
my favourite blog does a radio show too
literature  africa  france  review  culture  appreciation 
april 2016 by amaah
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