I have no respect to merchants and preachers; as far as I’m concerned, their only talent is coming up with the right word at the right time. What is a professional preacher, really? He is a kind of middleman who for the wrong reasons tries to make people buy his goods. The more he sells, the more his stock rises. The louder he hawks his wares, the larger his business grows.
Live at the Dakh Theater in Kiev for globalFEST and NPR's Tiny Desk
January 16, 2021
Coming together, their performance maintains the energy and joy that define their music, bouncing off each other musically and emotionally. DakhaBrakha aims to keep Ukraine's musical and storytelling tradition alive by making it more accessible to a younger, international audience, a kind of self-proclaimed "ethno-chaos." They craft stunning sonic worlds for traditional songs, reinventing their heritage with a keen ear for contemporary resonances.
Yes, of course, there's something fishy about describing people's feelings. You try hard to be accurate, but as soon as you start to define such and such a feeling, language lets you down. It's really a machine for making falsehoods. When we really speak the truth, words are insufficient. Almost everything except things like "pass the gravy" is a lie of a sort. And that being the case, I shall shut up. Oh, and ... pass the gravy.
WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED A History of Folk Horror
Kier-La Janisse UK, 2021
Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer, Piers Haggard, Abraham Castillo, Adam Scovell, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Alice Lowe, Amanda Reyes
Gail-Nina Anderson, Mariano Baino, Geraldine Beskin, Richard Blackburnm, Darren Charles, Lawrence Gordon Clark, Ian Cooper, John Cussans, Laura Loguércio Cánepa, Samm Deighan, Mattie Do, Sam Dunn, Jeremy Dyson, Robert Eggers, Kat Ellinger, William Fowler, Katrin Gebbe, Lindsay Hallam, Bruce G. Hallenbeck, Linda Hayden, Sean Hogan, Mitch Horowitz, Howard David Ingham, Kier-La Janisse, Briony Kidd, Chad Crawford Kinkle, Mikel Koven, Bernice M. Murphy, Ian Ogilvy, Dejan Ognjanovic, Andy Paciorek, Mark Pilkington, Vic Pratt, Carlos Primati, Dennison Ramalho, Jonathan Rigby, John Leman Riley, Jasper Sharp, Kali Simmons, Teresa Sutherland, Emma Tammi, Pete Tombs, Sam L. Waymon, Jesse Wente, Maisha Wester, and Robert Wynne-Simmons
The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence toward women. Instead patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves.
If an individual is not successful enough in emotionally crippling himself, he can count on patriarchal men to enact rituals of power that will assault his self-esteem.
Nothing is so easy as to deceive one’s self when one does not lack wit and is familiar with all the niceties of language. Language is a prostitute queen who descends and rises to all roles. Disguises herself, arrays herself in fine apparel, hides her head and effaces herself; an advocate who has an answer for everything, who has always foreseen everything, and who assumes a thousand forms in order to be right. The most honorable of men is he who thinks best and acts best, but the most powerful is he who is best able to talk and write.