The juxtaposition of vocal tones on “Blood on the Leaves” is incredible — that pitched-up sample of Nina Simone singing “Strange Fruit” doing a call-and-response with Kanye’s very relaxed Autotuned voice. That is fascinating, aurally, nothing short of spectacular. And holy shit, it’s so gorgeous rhythmically, where sometimes the vocal parts are matched and sometimes they clash. He’s so sad in this song. He’s surrounded by everyone except the one he wants — he had this love ripped away from him, before he even knew it. “I know there ain’t nothing wrong with me… something strange is happening.” Well, surprise, surprise — welcome to the real world, Kanye.Lou Reed on Kanye West’s “Yeezus”
Oldie but a good: Excerpt from a September/October interview with “After Tiller” filmmakers Lana Wilson and Martha Shane. Read the full interview at Ms. magazine.
What was your image of late abortion before you started filming?
Shane: I didn’t have a whole lot of knowledge about late abortion. I had no idea why a women would have a third-trimester abortion. I didn’t realize, for example, that a lot of women who are seeking them have [a fetus with] abnormalities. I would have assumed that if your baby was going to be born without a brain, or without the ability to have any real quality of life, that it would be legal throughout the country to have an abortion under those circumstances. I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t the case, and that that was a reason why women were coming to these doctors. Also, a lot of the women we saw who came into the clinics had been trying to [get an abortion] for a long time, but they had to get their money together, and then the price of the abortion goes up, and then they have to travel. They get just stuck in this sort of cycle. I was really shocked and disturbed by seeing how difficult it is in this country for women to get abortions.
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Falling in love for the second time is
harder stranger lovelier than the first.
Failing to fetch me at first, keep encouraged,Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
Missing me one place, search another,
I stop somewhere waiting for you.
"Your dad must be a baker because you’re a cutie pie."
If you revel in the failures and heartbreaks of others, then chances are you’re not a nice person. Just letting you know.
In less than 8 hours, I’m moving into an apartment on a street that is straight out of a Charles Dickens’ novel.
My favorite rejection letters are the ones that start out, “we were very impressed by your writing.”
Close but not quite. I’ll take it.
Wrapped up an interview with Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, the filmmakers behind the new documentary “After Tiller,” this afternoon. Look out for the Q&A next month—it’s everything you needed to know about late-term abortions and the women who receive them.