notes for a later time

Apr 01

First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade' : NPR -

Every language has words and phrases that elude easy translation. In Portuguese, “saudade” (pronounced by Brazilians as “sow-DAH-djee”) is one of those. Some musicians equate it with the blues; it’s generally associated with melancholy and longing. In its most recent bio, the Washington, D.C., electronic duo defines it as “a longing for something or someone that is lost.”

Though countless songs have “saudade” in the title, the condition of saudade isn’t usually conveyed through words. It’s evoked. Its wistfulness radiates through every element of the music — from the sound makes humming that iconic introduction to “The Girl From Ipanema” to the yearning melody itself to the precise chop of the rhythm guitar behind the voice. You can’t just order up saudade. There’s no setting for it on a drum machine; no software emulation available. It comes seeping through the music, between the notes, as delicate and evanescent as a May breeze.

18 y/o me is so excited for 32 y/o me right now.

Mar 18

Michael L. Thomas | Cornel West – What is Justice? (Hannover Festival of Philosophy 2014) -

My (not so great) audio of Prof. Cornel West’s keynote speech at the Hannover Philosophy Festival this past week. Special thanks to my friends at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover for their hospitality and an unforgettable week. 

Feb 16

I do not want to be human. I want to be myself. They think I am a lion, that I will chase them. I will not deny I have lions in me. I am the monster in the wood. I have wonders in my house of sugar. I have parts of myself I do not yet understand.

I am not a Good Robot. To tell a story about a robot who wants to be human is a distraction. There is no difference. Alive is Alive.

There is only verb that matters: to be

” — Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente

Jan 31

Didier Debaise: A Universe of Possessions | ANTHEM -

A talk given by Didier Debaise from ULB (Brussels). This is somewhat the problem I’m working on, but my focus is on Whitehead’s use of “societies,” which Debaise has done extensive work on, but doesn’t mention here.

Jan 19

James Baldwin’s Paris - NYTimes.com -

"In the fall of 1998, a few months shy of the 50th anniversary of Baldwin’s arrival, I, too, finally moved to Paris, settling in a quaint — if not cramped — one-bedroom apartment on the Left Bank, in the Fifth Arrondissement. Seduced by the idea of chasing Baldwin’s literary coattails, I dedicated myself to rereading “Giovanni’s Room,” allowing the texture and mood of Baldwin’s (and Giovanni’s) Paris to overlap with the version of the city I was newly discovering. Now, some 15 years later, having left Paris, ultimately for New York, I was excited to see the city through Baldwin’s eyes again, which meant returning to the Left Bank."

Jan 18

The Emotive Philosophies of A. N. Whitehead: Lecture by Dr Michael Halewood | Talks & Lectures | Parasol unit -

"Unlike more dogmatic writers, Alfred North Whitehead does not tell us what to think, but offers us ways of thinking differently. For this talk, Dr Michael Halewood will offer a survey of A. N. Whitehead’s on-going impact in contemporary thought, discussing his philosophy of education and the radical and intriguing demand he places on the role of art. Tracing ideas through Whitehead’s major metaphysical work, Process and Reality, Halewood will introduce some of the strange but enticing moves that Whitehead makes by differentiating between “feelings”, “emotion” and the “aesthetic”."

Nov 29

The Inspirations of Massive Attack – BBC 6 Mix » Passion of the Weiss

Oct 10

Latour - Why has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern -

The critic is not the one who debunks, but the one who assembles. The critic is not the one who lifts the rugs from under the feet of the naıve believers, but the one who offers the participants arenas in
which to gather. The critic is not the one who alternates haphazardly between antifetishism and positivism like the drunk iconoclast drawn by Goya, but the one for whom, if something is constructed, then it means it is fragile and thus in great need of care and caution. (p. 246)

Oct 08

Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! -

The new Godspeed! Album, now streaming on The Guardian’s site. Immaculate Noise. 

Sep 07

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