March 14th, 2007

the mark

Not gone, just changed

Terry Teachout has a blast from the past post regarding old English folk songs and quotes Ralph Vaughan Williams from 1932 saying that folk singing is dead.

He doesn't get out much for an art critic, apparently. There are plenty of musicians, comedians, rappers and other people making the folk music of our time, including not a few people doing it in the style that those auld country folk recorded in the early part of the last century would recognize quite easily, even if the subjects might be a bit strange to them. skylarker knows a lot more about that than I do, since I've been an occasionally interested spectator and not a participant, but it strikes me as very odd that Teachout (who has an admirably broad grasp of popular culture) doesn't recognize that folk music has changed and adapted itself to the times, much like many other art forms such as theater and literature. The Muses want to be experienced in every age, and if they have to throw down nerdcore style instead of singing about country fairs and peasants' love, that's how they be rollin'. Word.

(Rachel)
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A man needs to know his limitations

It seems very clear to me after finishing Empire that Orson Scott Card knows his. In the hands of another author (say, Tom Clancy or Larry Bond) this could have been a fat technothriller running to 700 pages with a lot of high-tech combat scenes, but Card doesn't do those things well. Even his famous space opera Ender's Game, which depicted the clash of massive space armadas, was told from the perspective of the handful of children commanding the human fleets; the sequels that showed Ender's jeesh coping with the wars that erupted after the ending of the Bugger War also concentrated on the young commanders and not the armies in the field.
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In other news, my new Kensington Orbit trackball arived today. God almighty, it is shiny, both literally and in the Firefly sense. It reminds me of a Caldari cruiser.
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No, No, NO!!!

Trust some stupid Orange bastard to screw this up. I don't care if Barack Obama has three Irish grandparents, his Kenyan daddy doesn't make him a "black Irishman". That term is reserved for those of us with a gallego or two in the paternal side of the woodpile. This is why I'm reverse Black Irish; the Hispanic genes come from Mom's side of the family...except since we're Basques and Sephardic Jews on that side, even that is questionable. Well, there's probably some real Spaniards in the gene pool somewhere. What, me worry?

(Jane Galt @Instapundit)
the mark

Some things never change

Especially when they're dipshit movie reviewers. Richard Corliss at Time hasn't understood the movie-going public for thirty years, and his review of 300 is more proof of this. I will give him credit, though: he manages to hold off on the stupid Iraq War analogies until halfway through the review.

Unfortunately, some things do change. Dunkin' Donuts is all the rage in the Northeast with its wide variety of doughnuts and other breakfast pastries, to say nothing of its coffee, but the new owners want to take it national again - against Starbucks. Dubious.

(Maggie's Farm)
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