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I’m calling it good Fridays. Yall know every Friday yall gone have a new joint from our family. We look at the game completely different now
That’s Kanye West a week ago—sayin’ stuff on Twitter, like he do. Jonah Wiener’s cheeky write-around profile of the chatty pop star, in which Wiener deconstructs West by dissecting his copious tweets, is making a bit of a splash. “In the face of a mountainous info dump like West’s, isn’t the basic work of profiling—building from the raw material of everything someone says and does toward a more focused sense of who they are—as relevant as ever?” Wiener asks rhetorically.
NO!!! rejoins the rock critic Zach Baron in the Village Voice. Brief, outrageous quotations from famous people, that’s what the public wants! Any artful explication of such diaristic diarrhea is just packing peanuts! The 2,000-word profile is dead—wrapped in back issues of Blender and put on ice! Long live the tweet!
Like the man said: “We look at the game completely different now.”
OK, moving on:
–Mavis Staples, the ageless soul who sang on my favorite recording of “The Weight” and was once proposed to by Bob Dylan, will play GWU’s Lisner Auditorium in October, notes old friend Aaron Leitko. Other acts on Lisner’s 2010-11 bill include NPR all-stars David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, and of course Ira Glass.
-The 9:30 Club is starting a record label, and its first signee is Virginia-based country rocker Justin Jones. TBD has the scoop, along with a photo of Jones looking a little too much like Zach Braff.
–This counts as installation art, right?
Phew, that’s time. Good Friday, people.