“An essay on the 15th canto of Dante’s ‘Inferno,’ a history research paper, 30 math problems, a chemistry lab, a Spanish practice session on Skype, voice practice, and, if I’m lucky, half an hour of yoga.”—High school, 2014.
“With her clear conviction and articulate poise, I was unsurprised to learn that the poised, articulate artist is interested in becoming a motivational speaker someday.”—The problem with being your own editor.
“Cheap, high-gravity microbrews were one of the best things about the Midwest, in her opinion, and if [Bev] was going to have to spend an hour talking about tax law with some wide-faced blonde who inflected her long oh sounds like Marge Gunderson, [Bev] was going to need to drink several of them.”—Friendship, Emily Gould
“A strong sense of place informs the music of the composer John Luther Adams, who won a Pulitzer Prize this year, be it the Pacific Ocean, the Sonoran Desert, or the plains of his adopted Alaska.”—Wow, I didn’t realize the kind of real estate you could win for being a renowned composer. (New York Times)
“PIG 3D: ALL SIDES OF THE STORY – Activities, photo opportunities, recipes and tips on how to prepare pork encourage understanding about values important to both consumers and pig farmers. Stop by for free samples of grilled pork and enter for a chance to win free bacon for a year! Minnesota pig farmers will donate a pound of ground pork to local food shelves for each question asked about pigs, pig farming or preparing pork.”—Just one of the exciting new exhibits planned for this year’s Minnesota State Fair.
“Mary Gabler née Walker was not a whore, Anglo or otherwise. She was a very pretty twenty-six-year-old community relations manager for Wells Fargo Bank, who lived in Mendota Heights with her husband of fifteen months, and who agreed to meet me at a coffeehouse not far from the Mendakota Country Club—but only if I promised to call her ‘Muffie.’ ‘That’s what they called me all through grade school,’ she said. ‘High school, too. Probably my mother just started calling me that when I was an infant and it stuck. She still calls me that. So does my family, some old friends, too. Only the people I’ve met since I went to Notre Dame call me Mary.”—My aunt Mary “Muffie” Gabler appears as a semi-fictionalized character in David Housewright’s The Devil May Care. This whole passage is accurate except that Muffie’s in her 50s, she’s been married for about 30 years, she lives in St. Paul instead of Mendota Heights, she went to the University of Minnesota instead of Notre Dame, and everyone calls her Muffie.
“I began an epic on Cuchulain and another on Finn, in English hexameters and in fourteeners respectively. Luckily they were abandoned before these easy and vulgar metres had time to spoil my ear.”—C.S. Lewis’s—unironic—memoir of his teenage years.
Jay Gabler is hosting the Local Current stream until 6:00! Listen in for an update on Captain Octagon, a song about President Obama’s new favorite food, music from the band who were owning the Internet when Spooky Black was just a tween, a song by a band that just posted a want ad for a new drummer, some HOT GOSSIP, a little nepotism, a reality-TV-themed music puzzle, a hint about what’s in Looch’s cubicle, a very special guest appearance and request by Leah Garås, and of course the WEEKEND AIR HORN at 5 PM. Let’s party!
“As a feminist, I wince when I hear ‘Ultraviolence.’ But as a feminist, I also applaud her. Because what is the alternative: That these dark parts of people stay buried, and that the female side of these stories remain untold? There wasn’t any outrage when Foster the People broke out with a song that enacts a school shooting, or when Fun. rose to the top of the charts with a song in which the narrator apologizes to his girlfriend for giving her a black eye. Listeners weren’t so quick to equate those songs’ lyrics with the real-life personalities of their singers. But when Lana sings it, we are quick to believe her.”—Andrea Swensson, "It’s time to stop hating on Lana Del Rey" (via 893thecurrent)