Might as well ask here, too.
Novel Writing Diary - Volume 17 - Sunday, June 22, 2014
Losing voices; giving time to feel emotions; Michel Houellebecq’s insect; a good imitation is a bad misreading; stress again; writing everything at the same time; cynical romanticism; Summertime in the summertime.
Words Written: 32,119 total (approximately 1,393 this week).
Book: A Recipe for Disaster, Eufemia Fantetti
Now that cocktails in jam jars have made it to EastEnders, what’s next for those who would be ‘alternative’?
I believe I first read this exact article in 2004. Cutting-edge journamalism! Oh yeah, and nice attempt there, marketer (sorry, “futurologist”), to create a new, “authentic” category - “proto-hipster.” hahaha
Lana Del Rey - “Brooklyn Baby”
I like Ultraviolence, but I can’t say I love it - there’s something subconsciously grating about Del Rey’s persona that makes all my attempts to joyfully categorize it under “camp” hopeless. There’s no joy, that’s for sure, and the only humour is brittle and buried under quotation marks - “jokes” that gesture to some gaping maw of despair.
But I can get fully behind the hipster dis-track, “Brooklyn Baby.” LDR is making fun of the people who make fun of her, but I think she’s also making fun of herself. Without her usual guns and bible DRAMA, the stakes are pretty low: the song’s about a cool girl and guy. She’s relaxed, and hey, without all of that melodrama, she’s kinda fun. The instrumentals are sonically unimpeachable (Ultraviolence has that going for it), and when the male, Lou Reed-esque voice joins her for “Yeah, my boyfriend is pretty cool, but he’s not as cool as me,” it makes it hard for me to think of a smarter and funnier moment in all of pop music this year.
My Novel Writing Diary - Volume 16 - Sunday, June 15, 2014
Finding characters; Tim Gunn’s voice; in the doldrums; 29th and Gay; narcissistic wish-fulfillment?; being universal vs being idiosyncratic.
Words Written: 30,726 total (approximately 1,443 this week).
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Michelle Obama’s speech at Maya Angelou’s Memorial.
This is how you do a speech.
My Novel Writing Diary - Volume 15 - Saturday, June 7, 2014
Writing freehand; suicides and single-car accidents; Laura Palmer on the beach; the Benetton AIDS ad; Do people care about dead gay men? The conservative nature of hooks.
Words Written: 29,283 total (approximately 1,091 this week).
Hercules & Love Affair ft John Grant - “I Try to Talk to You”
No one mentioned that my favorite track from the H&LA album had a sooper hawt video.
I recently reformatted my hard drive, so these top plays are from around late 2013. Before I formatted my hard drive, I had “Tell ‘Em” as my most played; I’m agnostic about if my new top play is a turn for the worst. (It’s my workout song! And it’s a damn fine workout song.)
You’ll notice that “First Love” is on there. Twenty-nine plays in one week. I’m obsessed.
My Novel Writing Diary - Volume 14 - Sunday, June 1, 2014
Not the most upbeat video diary entry.
Words Written: 28,192 total (approximately 737 this week).
Novel: We Think the World of You, JR Ackerley