In my ongoing transition to a world of Multiple Platforms, a lot of my written social and aesthetic commentary this year has been in the form of aphorisms (and sometimes anti-aphorisms) potentially meant to become Facebook status updates, although many never do. I find myself writing more of them than I would ever put on Facebook as well as writing ones that, because of their content, I also wouldn’t put on Facebook.
So in the spirit, or perhaps anti-spirit, of putting blog posts up on Facebook, I’m now putting some of these Facebook status updates (some which never otherwise appeared) up on my blog.
And I might put up more of them later.
Dear Humans: Why should animals be friendly to you?
There’s a fine line between being laid back, repressed, and depressed.
I have the habit, probably bad, of liking people who like me and thinking they must be smart and have good taste.
Too many people would like individuality for themselves while granting only sociology to anybody else.
Either art, literature, and music have profoundly changed your life or they haven’t. Where do you stand on that issue?
The unending conflict between social norms and exploratory ideas in art and literature.
It felt a bit like being decapitated.
Today’s peace and quiet is neither.
Anything could become a cliche, but only some things already are.
Given your interests, I suggest you start doing documentary and skip the poetry part.
Your radical selfishness is actually just the same old selfishness.
Too many poems try too hard to imitate poems.
Too many poems try too hard to be poems.
Your music sounds so relaxed and precise that it seems like anyone could do it, except no one else can.
The guilt and trepidation that always comes with being exhausted.
Slang phrases like “my truth” and “relatable” try to pretend that a person’s subjective impressions are objective conditions by which other things and people must inevitably be measured.
Another one of those model husband turns out to be brutal asshole problems.
Enforced optimism imposes a culture of wishful thinking.
What is your interpretation of the phrase “settle down”?
Creating an anthology called The Generalized Grump: The Art of Criticizing Everyone While Saying Nothing Much. No trouble at all finding 800 pages of that.
My authenticity comes from being neither from the good or the bad side of town.
I like the writing of many sad, desperate poets, but that doesn’t mean they should be made into heroes, which would be, of course, to romanticize.
Too many people want themselves to be complicated and the world to be simple.
In this country, where many people construct fantasies about how much the government controls them, many people also fantasize about how much power to change anything the government actually has.
Overheard on a plane: “They’re from San Diego, so they don’t know how cold San Diego is in May.”
Intriguing detail from Gettysburg: 1863 newspaper editorials from London, Chicago, and even nearby Harrisburg making fun of Lincoln's "silly little" address. Ah, reviewers (and I'm one of them).
There are degrees and differences in poetic disjunction. It’s not just “two things that don’t match.” It’s how they don’t match that counts.
Saying that “politics is stupid” is still part of politics, and part of what makes politics stupid.