Cuz, like, obviously. The smooth disco loops and Pharrell-as-lounge-singer work so well on this groove. Daft Punk 'Get Lucky' occupies the sweet spot between new never heard before, hot hot right now, and classic Daft Punk sheen. Looping on infinity, face turned to summer.
“I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.” — E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler It's impossible to overstate how much this woman's books meant to me as a child. She taught me that it's okay to be a know-it-all, but that it's better to have curiosity and a big heart. From her I learned of the mysterious allure of Tallulah Bankhead, the ferocity of Eleanor of Aquitaine, and how friendships can have a power over you almost like witchcraft. Kongisburg died this weekend, but in a slightly cheesy, very real way, her words will live in me for a long time.
Bradley Campbell draws the structure of NPR radio shows on napkins. Perhaps because they're aural, I'd never thought of radio shows as having concrete narrative structures in the same way that novels or essays do. Now I feel both a bit sheepish and totally enchanted. (via)
First, this dude gives an amazing speech that ends in describing the 'big gay rainbow' arcing over his electorate. Then, once the bill is passed, the entire New Zealand Parliament breaks into spontaneous song. According to the Slog Blog, they're singing 'Pokarekare Ana', a Maori love song that's become something of an unofficial national anthem. Love forever, y'all.
By turns dorky and majestic as hell, this feels like the triumphant climax of an awkward kid's coming of age story. Words cannot express how fitting his choice of soundtrack is, an orchestral cover of Paint It Black.
University of Chicago's Special Collections Department has some advice on how to care for your home library. Fantastic ideas, truly, but a bit unrealistic. They ask you not to drink tea while reading, or really to eat any food at all. But literature and hot liquid things are one of nature's greatest pairings! I mean, honestly!