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Friday
May102019

Quentin's Weeknotes 5/4/19-5/10/19

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"Trumpism’s pitch to young white men is thus a stirringly amoral sort of syllogism: we can’t give you anything material, because we stole it all and are hoarding it, but we can create a world in which you can regularly act on your worst impulses and get away with it. Some city kids are coming to town; here’s a way to racially mock them that won’t get us in trouble."

This is essentially a bite-sized and modern version of David Roediger's argument in "The Wages of Whiteness", itself drawn from W.E.B. Du Bois's assertion of a "psychological wage" given to white workers after the Civil War, to offset their lack of material gains (and to keep them from forming a multi-racial labor party). History repeats itself. 

Friday
May032019

Quentin's Weeknotes 4/27/19-5/3/19

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Friday
Apr262019

Quentin's Weeknotes 4/20/19-4/26/19

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Saturday
Apr062019

Quentin's Weeknotes 4/6/19-4/12/19

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Friday
Apr052019

Quentin's Weeknotes 3/30/19-4/5/19

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  • I read this great interview with Chris Cerf and Norm Stiles, who crafted some iconic songs on Sesame Street in the 1970s and 80s. These guys are clearly close friends and had a great time making kids music for adults and adult music for kids.  "Put down the duckie" is perhaps their most famous for its celebrity-filled video, but I'm fond, as they are, of "Dance Ourselves to Sleep", which, as you'll see below, is really funny and strange.
  • I've been listening to the music of Billy Eilish, who is making dark, surreal, genre-defying pop. Her videos are as bizarre and stylized as her music, and "Bury a Friend" is the creepy, monster-under-the-bed love story I didn't know I needed in my life.