It’s been a while since I did one of these. :) Here are 15 songs from 2013 with which to greet the new year, from perfect decade-plundering pop to delirious dance, from sad majestic yearning to urgent reality checking. Listen, enjoy, and thank you all for reasons I am too lazy to enumerate.
MIX BY LUIS K
01 CHVRCHES - By The Throat
02 Daft Punk - Fragments of Time
03 Haim - Forever
04 Soulcrate Music feat Ross Miller - Nickeled and Dimed
05 Sky Ferreira - 24 Hours
06 Prefab Sprout - Billy
07 Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful
08 Rhye - The Fall
09 Arctic Monkeys - Snap Out Of It
10 Yuna - Falling
11 The Paper Kites - Cold Kind Hand
12 Janelle Monae - What An Experience
13 Pet Shop Boys - Vocal
14 Talib Kweli feat The Underachievers - New Leaders
15 Lorde - A World Alone
Paul Auster: “The Mechanics of Mystery: Essays on the Intersection of Cities in Fiction & Fictional Cities”
I really wish this book existed. It doesn’t even have to be by Paul Auster. SOMEBODY WRITE IT!
In the beginning, the Cat lived in a swimming pool. He enjoyed splashing around, enjoyed the feeling of the cool, soothing water flowing over his fur.
Then the Man came along. He kicked the Cat out of the pool, and started living there himself instead, lounging in and around the water, day and night. The Cat was pissed off, but stayed away.
Nevertheless, the Man had qualms. “I can see that Cat is going to be trouble,” he said, then sent the Dog to kill him. The Cat slashed the Dog across the nose and the Dog ran back crying. Then the Man sent the Snake after the Cat. The Cat slashed the Snake down its belly and it slithered back, defeated.
This happened every night. Every night, the Man sent the Dog and the Snake to kill the Cat, and every night, they came back half dead and looking like shit.
Finally, the Cat had had enough of this bullshit. He went back to the pool.
"Look, Man," he said, as the Man’s minions cowered in a corner. "What the fuck is wrong with you? First you kick me out of the swimming pool. That sucked. but whatever. And then you send these assholes every night to kill me? What the hell, Man."
The Man was at this point a little high. Actually, he was very high. “I’ll show you why,” he giggled.
He led the Cat to the pool’s drain. “Look, Cat. What do you see?”
The Cat looked. At first it looked just like an ordinary drain. Then it seemed to come alive, to throb and pulsate. With a gasp, the Cat realized it was a throat.
"The drain is a throat, and the swimming pool is the mouth of a buried god," grinned the Man, who was so high by now the Cat could have slashed his flesh and he wouldn’t even have felt it. "It wants to consume me, the Dog, the Snake, this land, everyone and everything — but most of all it wants to consume you, dear Cat. It misses the feel of you in its mouth. It wants to crush you in its terrible jaws."
"You are favored, Cat," the Man went on. "The endless monster below wants you most of all. But I am content to live near and in its power, and take whatever I can for myself. Who knows? Perhaps someday, I will be favored too."
The Cat slashed the Man across his face, and left him lying by the poolside, bleeding and laughing. And that is why to this day, the Cat looks down on Men, and Dogs, and Snakes, and hates the water.
A thought while listening to The Sundays on a Sunday: I’ve always loved music critics’ “Best Of” lists and used them as a starting point for further listening, even during the pre-internet days. (I always followed the major music magazines’ end-of-the-year rankings, and until now, I’ll derive great pleasure from reading through something like “1001 Albums You Must Her Before You Die”).
Which leads to the question: What am I missing? Especially from the 80s and before, but from the 90s onwards too.
TO ANY MUSIC-LOVING PEOPLE WHO MAY BE READING THIS: Please name your absolute favorite artists/albums that never seem to show up on any end-of-the-year or “Best Of” lists anywhere. :)
WE OWN THE NIGHT
It’s the new issue of Esquire Philippines! Cover story by Vanni de Sequera with photography by Francisco “Paco” Guerrero!
THE DEFENSE RESTS: The Joker Arroyo Story by Oliver X.A. Reyes
OUR BIG SUMMER FUN SECTION! Featuring Lourd de Veyra-on-Ramon Bautita action! Hackers and Hong Kong! Models and Milky Boys! Ex-rock stars and rum! And How to Date Julia Sniegowski.
THE WIT AND WISDOM OF CARLOS CELDRAN
And more features by Paolo Manalo, Sasha Martinez, Josh Tolentino, Kevin Yapjoco, Jason dela Cruz, Sarge Lacuesta, as well as new fiction by Yvette Tan
Yes and yes.
Write only about what you love. We need more celebrations, not righteousness, in this world.
Let the object tell you how to read it. Find its grammar, and use it.
Reading the object is the goal because anything you should write should be written to expand the argument of the object, not…
1. Thurber (M)
2, Colwin (F)
3. Burroughs (M)*
4. Cheever (M)**
*Longest lived, passed away at almost two years of age
**Shortest lived, died on the way home from the pet shop
(POSSIBLE NAMES FOR FUTURE HAMSTERS: Morrison, Benchley, Benitez, De Quiros)