When Worlds Elide

Maybe it’s all the meditations on time floating around. Or maybe it’s because I’ve finally had all my collections under one roof for about a year now. I can meet the taste and dreams and obsessions of many more earlier selves. With the perspective of what I would have considered an old guy back when, I can see I was preparing for words that never happened, for futures that never came to pass. I think the saddest anticipation that gradually fades away (though not extinguished even now) is that if people are given freedom of thought and experience, they will want to share the liberation, spread it around. In 2017 I understand that people are every bit as much likely to hoard freedom — liberation for me, but not for thee.

A couple milestones on the path:

Disco Demolition Night — “this is unbelievable,” I thought at the time. “Don’t these soused morons understand that this is exactly the bigoted response rock-and-roll-haters had 25 years ago?” (P.S.: As a baseball promotion, I argue it was a disaster-bust — because almost nobody remembers it was intended to be a promo event.)

Meeting a very intelligent and art-savvy adult gay man who averred: “The closet is closed for good. Gay men will never go back into hiding.” He considered it a key triumph in his life. At the same time he was thoroughly racist and even a bit anti-Semitic. Saw no contradiction.

 

 

Treat For Larry Levan Fans

Genius of Time (Universal) is the new anthology and focuses on Levan productions and mixes and, remarkably, only one overlap with the equally wondrous Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story (Rhino, 2006) — Peech Boys’ “Don’t Make Me Wait.” And who’s gonna complain about that? The Genius program is maybe a  bit more pure club but Levan’s work is so varied and untouched by time that it scarcely matters. You get this and the Levan Story and Larry Levan Live at the Paradise Garage (Strut, 2000) and you will have an essential dude covered. I never get tired of his work.

Here’s a series of interviews that take you there.

Killer Jokes

I’m up and down on Emily Nussbaum (to put it mildly), but she nails crucial points here.

I have a Cartman magnet on the fridge and I loved “South Park” for the first few years. But I haven’t watched it in a long, long time and see no reason to start. Nussbaum identifies the deep-seated problems with the show: first, it’s too damn sexist (ever since Mary Kay Bergman offed herself in 1999, all the female characters have been props), but more important, it only frees the mind and soul up to a point. Like a lot of libertarian knuckleheadedness, it assumes it will never actually have to run things — Hillary will win, of course. But things don’t always go that way and Parker and Stone are all too likely to end up producing hate cartoons at gunpoint.

How We Should Submit, According To Women Trump Voters

“Instead of saying we need to educate people on how to behave when they’re being pulled over by the police.”

Yes sir, whatever you say, sir.

“If I turned down every candidate who objectified women, I’d vote for no one”

So go for the one who does it the most.

“You get through the bad and you focus on the good.”

You know, like Hitler was nice to dogs — so I’m told.

“I went to Minnesota and I had a Somali cabdriver who lectured me for 35 minutes to the airport about how women in America have too much freedom. My thought process on that is that I don’t like seeing people going through the hardship they go through, but I don’t want to go backwards in the feminist movement, either.”

Organizing your thoughts is the first requirement for making decisions. Call me when you learn Lesson One.