andermans boeken

Terwijl de trein Rotterdam verlaat, schiet me onwillekeurig een flard levensadvies binnen: ‘Do something everyday that scares you.’ Baz Luhrmann populariseerde de gemeenplaats van Mary Schmich met zijn hit ‘Wear Sunscreen’. Wat me dwarszit is de opzichtige leugenachtigheid ervan: het advies opvolgen zou een leven in een voortdurende staat van angstig afwachten betekenen. En toch zie ook ik de aantrekkelijkheid van het idee dat het leven met elke overwonnen angst iets lichter wordt, alsof je waadt door steeds ondieper water.

Jan Postma – Vroege werken

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muziek

We’re all in high school of life, and we’re all waiting for the teacher to turn around long enough to take that pen, that we’ve been chewing on long enough that it’s got a sharp enough end, that you could scratch in your initials, and right next to the ‘I was here’, you put your own.

Ryan Adams bij All Songs Considered

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muziek

If you’re doing anything artsy, the rest of the world’s job is to say whether it’s any good or not. Because you’re making art. You’re trying to be a magician. You’re trying to create a unicorn. If you put out something that’s like just a horn taped to a goat, people are going to say, ‘Nah, that’s not a fucking unicorn, man.’ People are going to tell you you suck most of the time, but a couple of other people might be like, ‘I don’t know man. That might be a fucking unicorn.’

Matt Berninger, frontman The National, bij The Creative Independent

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muziek

It’s a restless hungry feeling
That don’t mean no one no good
When everything I’m a-saying
You can say it just as good

You are right from your side
I am right from mine
We’re both just one too many mornings
And a thousand miles behind

One Too Many Mornings, Nobelprijswinnaar Bob Dylan

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film en televisie

No one at NBC knew what to do about The Seinfeld Chronicles after it ran to tepid reviews and okay ratings. And for months afterward, they chose not to do a thing. Ludwin got nervous as the network’s rights to The Seinfeld Chronicles neared expiration at the end of 1989. He and several of his colleagues liked the show and were disappointed when the testing went so poorly. He and Littlefield hatched a plan: (…) one axed two-hour Bob Hope special could mean four new episodes of Seinfeld’s show. (…) Seinfeld, however, knew this wasn’t the greatest news. He greeted Littlefield’s “four episodes” offer with a few seconds of silence, followed by: “Has any show, in the history of television, ever succeeded with a four episode order?”
He took the deal anyway, and the minuscule episode order suited Larry David just fine. “That’s all I got in me anyway.”

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong – Seinfeldia

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andere dingen

Sam: That’s the thing. The internet is not the larger conversation, the internet is the smaller conversation. I, like, had this realization. I was checking into a hotel room Sunday night in Dallas, and this woman asked me what I’m doing, what I’m in town for, and I’m like, “Oh, I’m a journalist,” and she’s like, “Oh, what are you doing?” And I – I said, “I work for NPR, I’m covering this shooting.” And she’s like, “Oh, my god.” So we start talking about the shooting and her interactions with police and – we have a long conversation – and finally she says to me, “You know, I see both sides. I see Black Lives Matter point, I see the police officer’s point. I see both sides, but whenever you say that you see one side, everyone thinks that you hate the other side, so I just stay quiet.”

PJ: That’s it. That’s what he saw. And I know how small that is. I know how … meagre it is to find hope in the fact that people are quietly thinking about something. But I think Sam’s right. Like, even though we know that we’re ruder and louder and more argumentative on the internet, I think that we forget that the other thing the internet doesn’t show us is quiet. The moments that we’re all having where we’re sitting there turning this stuff over, trying to make sense of it. It can feel like nobody else is doing that.

Reply All – #70 Stolen Valor, naar aanleiding van de moord op agenten in Dallas.

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muziek

It sung like a violent wind
That our memories depend
On a faulty camera in our minds

And I knew that you were truth
I would rather loose
Than to have never lain beside at all

Death Cab for Cutie – What Sarah Said

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