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Quentin's Weeknotes 6/8/190-6/14/19

This week:

  • I listened to this two part interview with Steve Albini and Ian Mackaye. It was a phenomenally rich conversation, with the first part being basically historical, about their respective histories in punk rock and independent music, and the second part being more philosophical, with their thoughts about the internet, criticism, and community. What came through for me is that they are great friends, mutually admiring, and that part of what brings them together is their fierce commitment to humanistic and ethical art-making. What was also neat was to hear their points of difference, with Albini being more analytical and empiricist and Mackaye being more direct and rationalist.
  • I finished reading Grady Hendrix' Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror fiction. It was a fun, easy read, and made so by the amazing covers of these novels, reprinted theiein, and by Hendrix's humorous ironic prose, filled both with genuine love and snark for the outrageous books that made up the horror boom of the late 20th century.

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