Pale Wire (Popscene)

Saturday, November 20, 2004

No Excuses

I apologize for the extended period of inactivity. The past few months have been the busiest of my life.

Thanksgiving break started yesterday so things should quiet down a little for the next week. I still have a huge project to work on, but a break from the rigors of graduate school will be nice.

I have a couple fun things to share with y'all today.

First, a song.

M83 - "Don't Save Us From The Flames"
This is the new single from French indie it-band M83. It's more straight ahead shoegazer than the stuff on their debut, but somewhat promising. I can't say I'm very excited about it.

Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris has an interesting Op-Ed into today's New York Times. He muses a bit on the grumsome video clip that's filtered back from Falluja.
Unhappily, an unerring fact of human nature is that we habitually reject the evidence of our own senses. If we want to believe something, then we often find a way to do so regardless of evidence to the contrary. Believing is seeing and not the other way around.

I finally got around to finishing Geoffrey O'Brien's The Phantom Empire this afternoon. It's an excellent collection of essays musing the nature of the 20th century's image-saturated film culture. O'Brien, a noted critic and poet, as well as my favorite discovery of this past year, writes beautifully about the cinematic life.

A spectator can avoid certain movies, but not The Movies. You have been part of a captive audience all you life. Love it or leave it, there is no place to go. They own the airports. They own the telephones. They have seen to it that the pictures are everywhere.