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  1. M

    scritti politti

    They can play 'Oh Patti' by Scritti and 'Sailing' by Christopher Cross on a loop when the time comes for me to go to the Thanatorium.
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    scritti politti

    Didn't Frank Farian do all the singing on Milli Vanilli's records? Think he was also the 'real' voice of Boney M.
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    Freak Waves

    There's a documentary series about Garret McNamara and Nazare on HBO over here at the moment. Another terrifying individual. He reminds me of the climber Alex Honnold. They don't exude confidence, they exude certainty. Which is pretty fucking strange considering what they're doing and the...
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    K-Punk

    Just noticed that Spotify has an officially curated Hauntology playlist. Mark perhaps haunting a future he would have wanted to hate.
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    Fuck London

    At worst, all that would happen is the ultra rich would fuck off and over time everyone else would move up a rung or two on the London property ladder, leaving room at the bottom. The rich would remain rich, and probably remain aloof, so it's not going to remake society, but I'm struggling to...
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    Fuck London

    I'm perplexed as to which forces of global capital would prevent the government from levying a punitively enormous land tax on unoccupied properties owned by non-doms or other foreign entities. It's only a year or two since the NZ government banned foreign citizens from buying property there...
  7. M

    Adam Curtis

    You say hermeneutics of suspicion, I say ontology of order.
  8. M

    Adam Curtis

    Like God, he withdrew in silence, ashamed of his creation.
  9. M

    K-Punk

    Cheers - my mind is still absolutely boggled that this place is almost twenty years old. Glad it's still here. Another thing I wish I'd appreciated about Mark at the time is that all his talk of bodies without organs, Deleuze, Rhizomes etc. wasn't an act of spontaneous intellectual creation...
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    K-Punk

    I wonder now how closely the vehemence of Mark's defense of music and art from a given period coincided with the success or not of his career at that time. Not that this would undermine it at all, but I did always wonder where the energy for those extremes of assertion came from.
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    Freak Waves

    Susan Casey's book 'The Wave' is pretty interesting, both on the science of rogue waves, and the psychology of Laird Hamilton, who just seems like an absolutely terrifying individual. As a writer she seems drawn to obsessive men who spend a lot of time on the water, as her previous book 'The...
  12. M

    Favorite Requiem

    My place as a minor figure in Adam Curtis's forthcoming history of millennial blogging is assured. The time Mark Fisher once politely disagreed with me will be narrated over BBC archive footage of someone trying to do basic CSS formatting.
  13. M

    Favorite Requiem

    Better if they're dead. Can't answer back then.
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    Favorite Requiem

    Yup, though it's his second or third cancelling at this point. He hired her to write for a show on HBO. Judging by the trailer, it's about skinny girls with superpowers, only this time they're Victorian. LP has been conspicuously silent about him.
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    Favorite Requiem

    She decided to give up moral grandstanding for a career writing tv for Joss Whedon.
  16. M

    Favorite Requiem

    Awful, but influential. Laurie Penny has made an entire career from stealing that parenthetical flourish.
  17. M

    Are there any podcasts you listen to?

    The Relentless Picnic. The current season on Thoreau/the Unabomber/lockdown is a bit of a stretch, but the early episodes once they got Trump out of their system are incredible. My favorite episode.
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    Favorite Requiem

    I used to be a take it or leave it until the first time I listened to Parsifal in one sitting. Considering that's a recommendation for how to spend four consecutive hours of your life, I'll understand if you give it a miss.
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    Favorite Requiem

    I was in my mid twenties then and am in my early forties now. Somewhere in between I became one of those people who really loves Wagner.
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