Sunday, April 29, 2007

the world according to Kurt V.

I'm not a complete fan of Kurt Vonnegut. Gish knows I disagree with a bunch of his politics and methods, but there are few that can argue with his incredible turn of phrase. His writing is so marked by incredible capture of conversational genius that I'm regularly intrigued by the fashion and grace with which he attacks graceless and fashionless questions.

If you wonder what I'm talking about, take a look at this article from the AVClub online. It's called 15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will and it actually delivers on that title.

Let me be clear. I disagree with a lot of what he says, but that doesn't mean it's not valid or well said. One of my greatest complaints about both politics and the church nowadays is that the leading voices in both seem to have lost their grasp of how language [specifically english] works. The magic of well-used language -- and nuance -- is an incredibly powerful tool in the battle to win hearts and arguments.

Here's one of Kurt V's quotes:
"There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too."

You don't have to agree with the antagonist who utters this in Mother Night, but you can easily grasp the nuance of his long position through this one turn of tongue. I'm no expert, but I am a fan of how language works.
And KV knows how language works.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

fintune // sweet, sweet tune lovin'

So at this point, I have a ton of friends that have jumped on the FineTune bandwagon and are posting a multitude of mack-daddy playlists. So as to not be left completely behind, here's my original one.

Mmmmm..., do I love some gooey hits from Colin Hay.