Tuesday, 11 December 2007

my mind feels like glass, ready to be smashed

Smog (Bill Callahan) - It's Rough

When you're down on your luck
Aand you just can't cope
When the times are bleak
And the friends are few
Don't turn to me
'Cause I'm no hope
Don't turn to me
'Cause I don't know what to do

Maybe you should have a drink
I don't know why you ever stopped anyway

Oh, it's rough
Baby, to live
Oh, it's hard
Baby, to survive
Everyday lately
My mind feels like glass
Ready to be smashed
Ready to be smashed

Oh well, my best friend
Took a bullet through his eye
First he had a patch
Now he's got a glass eye
One hard, glass eye
He says sometimes he wishes
Both his eyes were glass

Well, it's rough
Baby, to live
And it's hard
Baby, to survive
Everyday lately
My mind feels like glass
Ready to be smashed
I'm ready to be smashed

At times I lock myself up
In my room
Don't come over
While I listen to a record
I stare at the cover
Don't come over
Don't come over
'Cause I'm no hope to you
I'm no hope to you

I wonder if Kevin Rudd remembers...

It's the lazy summer of 1996 and I am keeping the couch company at the end of my first year of uni. The front door is open and Sonic Youth's "Kissability" from their classic album Daydream Nation is blaring on my stereo:

[Kim]
Look into my eyes, don't you trust me
yr so good you could go far
I'll put you in a movie, don't you want to
you could be a star
you could go far
you've got twistability
you fly hard, don't you wanna
you've got kissability
you could be a star, it ain't hard

yr driving me crazy, I feel so sick
yr driving me crazy, give us a kiss

look into my eyes, don't you trust me
yr so soft, you make me hard
I'll put you on a movie, don't you wanna
you could be a star, you could go far
you've got kissability
you sigh hard, don't you wanna
you've got twistability
you could be a star, it ain't hard

yr driving me crazy, you smell so sick
I feel so tired, you made me sick
yr driving me crazy, if I feel so sick
yr driving me crazy, if I feel so sick

Look into my eyes, don't you dis' me
You're so good, you could go far
I'll put you in a movie, don't you wanna
You could be a star, you could go far
You've got twistability
You fly hard, don't you wanna
You've got kissability
You could be a star, it ain't hard

You're driving me crazy, I feel so sick
You're driving me crazy, give us a kiss

I'm an 18yo guy screaming this out at the top of my lungs, when Kevin Rudd appears at the door, door-knocking as part of his campaign to win the federal seat of Griffith - his entry into federal Australian politics.

Kevin comes a-knocking just as I'm screaming out: "you've got - kissability!". It's one of the more embarrassing moments in my life, although there are many to choose from.

Prime Minister - do you remember me? You've got kissability! Oh and by the way, DON'T FUCK IT UP!

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Australia's new Minister for Climate Change

Is Malaysian-born lesbian, Senator Penny Wong. Even fridae.com has picked up the story: http://www.fridae.com/newsfeatures/article.php?articleid=2108&viewarticle=1

Best wishes, Penny, and let me dance around like an idiot a few more times to celebrate the end of Howard!

Sunday, 2 December 2007

red seas under red skies

About a year ago I was given The Lies of Locke Lamora as a gift, and told that it was the first in a series of seven fantasy books, but that it was "fantasy with a bit of a twist". I was a bit dubious, as I don't really read as much fantasy or sci-fi as I did when I was younger. But it really was a lot of fun - a fantasy tale with a group of con artists as the "heroes", adventurous with many twists and turns, and clever characters.

So I was pretty happy when I finally got around to Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second novel by Scott Lynch in the sequence. It didn't disappoint, I enjoyed this from start to finish and got through it very quickly. The hasty tying up of loose ends in the final chapters did let things down a little bit and I also think the tensions between Locke and Jean were visited a few times too many, but this really is nit-picking.

I read a review of The Lies of Locke Lamora that criticised Lynch's characterization of Locke and questioned decisions made the the characters. But I think one of the strong underlying features of these books is that the characters are flawed.

Anyway, if you're after a fantasy series with a real edge that will keep you turning the pages, I'd recommend these very highly.