Tuesday, May 24, 2011


if you've been reading this blog/hanging out with me lately/own a radio, you've probably heard summa these jawns. all i did was gather them in a bouquet for you to carry around under your nose.


Rollin in the Deep [Jamie xx Remix] - Adele feat. Childish Gambino
Ray Ban Vision [Remix] - A-Trak feat. Donnis, Pill, Danny Brown & CyHi Da Prynce
Get Money - Naledge feat. Dee Goodz
I Ain't Shit - Big K.R.I.T.
Shame - Jill Scott feat. Eve
Deep Cover Freestyle - Nitty Scott, MC
You Don't Like It (So What) - Jean Grae
Makes No Sense - Del the Funky Homosapien
Reminded - Tyga feat. Adele
Abrazame [Hold Yuh Riddim] - Los Rakas
For the People - Donny Goines feat. Bobby Creekwater & Mikkey Halsted
Highway to Hell [Ridin' Dirty Mix] - Mexicans with Guns feat. Bun B & Freddie Gibbs

Monday, May 23, 2011

take out 'writers' and sub in whatever you want

from Richard Hugo's The Triggering Town:
Lucky accidents seldom happen to writers who don't work. You will find that you may rewrite and rewrite a poem and it never seems quite right. Then a much better poem may come rather fast and you wonder why you bothered with all that work on the earlier poem. Actually, the hard work you do on one poem is put in on all poems. The hard work on the first poem is responsible for the sudden ease of the second. If you just sit around waiting for the easy ones, nothing will come. Get to work.

A/V Club etymologizes the word 'jawn'

in a brief interview that also explains philly favorites 'hoagie,' 'down shore,' and 'yo':
There was a suggestion that it could have been some sort of variation on “John,” the name, but people mostly talked about it as coming from “joint,” which seems like the most obvious etymology to me. “Joint,” meaning marijuana cigarette, got extended into referring to anything that’s fun or pleasurable, as in, “That’s the ______.” But it’s difficult when there aren’t a lot of good sources, so there’s a lot of speculation. 
via miz jones

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

in defense of rigorous editing

“Life is selection, no more. The work of the gardener is simply to destroy this weed, or that shrub, or that tree, & leave this other to grow. The library is gradually made inestimable by taking out from the superabounding mass of books all but the best. The palace is a selection of materials; it’s architecture, a selection of the best effects. Things collect very fast of themselves; the difference between house & house is the wise omissions.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

martha graham

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

foetal human faces forming

guys, think about this for a second. we are literally made of our moms. every part of us used to be a part of her that multiplied and morphed and molded together. each one of us walking around a little mini-mom. whoa.

in other news, people are saying that videos like the one above and the fact that we have hiccups means humans evolved from fish. sounds fishy to me, etc. etc.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

asparagus pee

frankly, it's always delighted me. visceral proof of the body's digestive system at work. a sort of gross magic. but apparently some people don't make smelly pee? and some people do, but can't smell it? in brief:
"Asparagus contains a sulfur compound called mercaptan. It is also found in onions, garlic, rotten eggs, and in the secretions of skunks," they wrote. "The signature smell occurs when this substance is broken down in your digestive system. Not all people have the gene for the enzyme that breaks down mercaptan, so some of you can eat all the asparagus you want without stinking up the place. One study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that only 46 percent of British people tested produced the odor while 100 percent of French people tested did."
yo, those are my people yo.