“On a Magazine Cover”

    The purpose of this gathering of faces And multifariously textured sinews Is entertainment, the abrupt halt Of the conception of reality of masses, Millions of ongoing viewers with Limp hands in buckets of popcorn, Feet absently fondling a blissful cat and Manufactured faces on all the walls.  

“So Yeah, I’m Guessing That Courtney Love Just Mandated That Kurt Cobain Hate Ugly Kid Joe, and That’s What Happened”

Certain components of this situation strike me as noteworthy; others, not so much. Take the hate, for instance: nah, he’ll get over that. They’ll all get over that. Plus, it’s tongue-in-cheek… makes for good copy. At least in the ’90s it did… it was actually radical then. But what cannot be overlooked is that Ugly […]

“A Critique of the World”

Man, how’s this for irony: TOOL’s breakthrough ’96 album Aenima, in which the band laments the “Freaks here in this hopeless fu**ing / Hole we call LA”, [1] gathered some notable praise even from the LA Times itself. Aenima seems to have predated Metacritic, as I can only find scores for Lateralus and 10,000 Days, but […]