Archive for February, 2013

Freaky new Bowie video

starring Tilda Swinton.

Stumbling into someone else’s ladies bar

The first night in Mumbai ended with a police shakedown outside some tacky club in Colaba, the old colonial center stuffed with Victorian mansions, boutique and luxury hotels, the Gateway to India, a Starbucks flanked by airport-style metal detectors, and throngs of young beggars who slapped bracelets of fresh flowers on our wrists and led […]

How to survive a trip to the most heartbreaking place on earth (and still have your heart broken)

Trust me. You will feel it. You will feel guilt and sorrow and frustration. You will fool yourself into thinking that you feel empathy, too, but you don’t. Not really. Not truly. Because how could you know what it’s like? To be born into this. To be doomed from conception. But you will grieve. You […]

In focus: Jonas Mekas

[youtube width=”560″ height=”315″][/youtube] Take 20 minutes sometime this week to hang out with Jonas Mekas. Talk about it too? More here. Mekas’s My Mars Bar Movie (2011) screens at Anthology Film Archives on February 24. Encore: [vimeo width=”500″ height=”375″][/vimeo]

In Praise of Messy Lives: A soundtrack

God it feels weird getting up on this TGW stage again. It's been a real long time since I was up here. It was May 2012. It was to share something called Farrell and Trixie's Memorial Day mix. That was nine months ago. Just weeks before all the changes. All the conclusions. The untanglings. The […]

Thursday WTF: Beck on Bowie

  Beck covers Bowie’s “Sound + Vision”: Conducted by Beck’s father David Campbell, the expansive orchestra includes the Dap Kings, members of the USC marching band, a Peruvian charango band, a gospel choir, a gamelan ensemble, an arsenal of electric guitars, percussion, mallets and harps, a theremin, a singing saw, an Alphorn, and yes, a yodeler. […]

Kenneth Goldsmith’s Deaths and Disasters

Those of you who know how much I enjoy Kenneth Goldsmith’s work will appreciate how excited I am for this forthcoming book. From the publisher’s description: In Seven American Deaths and Disasters, Kenneth Goldsmith transcribes historic radio and television reports of national tragedies as they unfurl, revealing an extraordinarily rich linguistic panorama of passionate description. […]

Congrats to Missy Bradshaw

Long-time friend of TGW wins MLA prize for book by independent scholar. Congrats!

The fantastic, futuristic world of 2001…

… as envisioned in 1967. Walter Cronkite walks us through what computers might be able to do for us in the 21st century!   [youtube][/youtube]   As one YouTube commenter noted, “He’d crap his pants if you told him that actually all that stuff fits in your pocket… and we mainly use it to share […]


I’ve been listening to this non-stop for the last few days. Anyone else? Thoughts?