Friday, October 10, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Kanye West: Love Lockdown Video

I dont really get how serious he takes his break-up. Didnt he dump her when they were engaged? she should've made this song maybe.


What Community? #56: Portland getting big already.

Two givens: (1) Pre-season (2) vs Kings.
Two undeniables: (1) Rudy got game (2) Oden will be fine
One no duh enthusiasm: Blazers will be great to watch.
--RWK [via TSB/BS]

What Community? #55: Sad guys.

here, too?
From this tumblr, via this buddy, to whom we should all wish a happy birthday. --RWK

Encounter #111: Halle Berry is sexy.

sexiest, tho?
The ever-creepy OG lad mag Esquire says "Sexiest", to boot. Hard to argue, really, when Halle here just had a kid and is, you know, 42 years young. This isn't even the "sexiest" picture in the set (my vote goes to the one with Burt). But it's my favorite cuz it's the least about her. It's more about that tank top. You don't get her face, you get Obama's face -- under her boobs, yes -- and even that is wrinkled by the stretch of the fabric. Everything in this image is getting pulled. You gotta love when there's at least one image forcing you to rethink how you're looking, how you're objectifying, how you're such a dumb guy all saliva and wide eyes. Or maybe that was just me and my reaction to this particular image. Also, don't get me wrong: it's still sexy. --RWK

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Quick Lit Shit #1: Intro, Philosophy the Day After Tomorrow

[I joined Facebook a little over a year ago. Then about six months ago I started using the Visual Bookshelf feature to track what I read. It's kinda great. By now I'm just doing it as it comes but one fine, fine, miserable night I spent a good chunk of time clicking "Already Read" a lot so it would look like I'm an accomplished reader with idiosyncratic (great) taste. After my most recent "Finished Reading" click, my grand total stands at a mind-blowing 101 books. I know, right? Jay-Kay! Well, kinda. The funniest thing is that when I was building up my back catalogue I wasn't reading any books, really. And I read a lot of blogs, too. As I was discussing with Girish via email the other day, it's hard (1) not to read many books at once (there are piles all around my little room) and harder still (2) to click "Finished Reading" on some others. For instance: I've now read through Deleuze's books on cinema but I'm nowhere near done, you know? Nor do I have anything pithy to say, really, since those stubborn and dense books refuse easy consumption; for a taxonomy project, it's not really that forward. Also, he'll just plop you into an argument and you have to play catch up. Of course, that's fun, but it's also work. Hell, there's my pithy thing right there.

So what's this series? I decided to post my little Visual Bookshelf "reviews" here, too. Some make sense; most don't; they're all just riffing. But if you've got anything in return, hit me back. I'm going back to the beginning and (without editing them) will cut and paste the few I've got back there to bring me current over the next few days/weeks/months/whatever cycle works.]

It seems this is perpetually at my side. I find that I would not have benefited from reading this earlier in my experience with Cavell, however delightful it may be, because everything he writes here is so bound up with everything he's written before, and studied before, and thought about since his yesterdays, that to leap into his work here at the end seems waste it, and deprive oneself of a string of developments that are not only intriguing but beneficial to experience in their order, or a slight approximation thereof. (For the record I started with _Claim of Reason_, then hopped between _Pursuits of Happiness_ and _Cities of Words_ before a summer of _The World Viewed_ and _Themes Out of School_ and _A Pitch of Philosophy_ before moving into this for the first time. I've been stuck here since.) --RWK

What Community? #54: I'll play along, sure.

By now, yes, I'm on this bandwagon, too. Easily the best yet. If you can't get enough of this, you should dig what jeem's been blogging recently. --RWK