A HEAP OF MEANING - a playlist based on the book “Nothing” by Janne Teller.
Some months ago I read this fantastic short novel by Danish writer Janne Teller and was absolutely astonished by it. This is some serious gutsy writing, not your common teenage-lit, and it comes without saying that this book is not for everybody, reviews are either hate or love but nothing in between, so in the spirit of the book I made this playlist that reflected my personal feelings on the story of Pierre-Anthon, a seventh-grader who realizes there is no meaning to life and his classmates’ mission to prove to Pierre-Anthon that life has meaning.
- Everyday - The Raveonettes
- Dead Believer Dog - Minks
- Blood Bitch - Cocteau Twins
- Living in America - The Sounds
- Nothing is - My Bloody Valentine
- Back and Forth - UNKLE
- For your Bleeding - Le Butcherettes
- Art Star - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Don’t Go into that barn - Tom Waits
- Dog Bite - Dead Kennedys
- Closer - Nine Inch Nails
- I’m Designer - Queens of the Stone Age
- I am Made of Chalk - Crystal Castles
- Altar of Sacrifice - Slayer
- You Don’t Know Jesus - Mogwai
- Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt - The Mars Volta
- Hunting Bears - Radiohead
Like the book, this mix might leave you with a nauseous sense of escalating discomfort, if that is the case then I have been successful.
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Shimizu, Manzanar Relocation Center, California. Photograph by Ansel Adams.
February 19 is the Day of Remembrance for Japanese Americans Interned During WWII.
Currently, there are a number of great posts about Japanese American Internment in the History tag. Previously, Cool Chicks from History recommended two books about Japanese American Internment: Silver Like Dust (Adult Non-Fiction) and Farewell to Manzanar (YA Non-Fiction).
Today in history: February 19, 1942 - President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, leading to the incarceration of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II.
The war-time measures applied to Japanese Americans in a sweeping way, uprooting entire communities particularly on the West Coast. Afterward, Japanese Americans fought a legal battle against the concentration camps all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The original Supreme Court decision which upheld the camps in the interests of ‘national security’ was later vacated (overturned on a technicality), but the Supreme Court never ruled that the camps were unconstitutional. After a decades-long battle, in 1988 the U.S. government was forced to formally apologize for the internment, admitting that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”
The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned and their descendents. Today Japanese American organizations on the West Coast organize an annual Day of Remembrance to mark this date and to continue to raise consciousness so that such attacks on civil liberties never happen again to Japanese Americans or oppressed groups.
(image: sign ordering Japanese Americans to concentration camps)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
The oldest human footprints ever found outside Africa, left in a muddy river estuary 800,000 years ago, have been discovered in Norfolk by scientists from the British Museum and other national museums and universities.
We may not know who is going to the big game yet but never to early to get started on your union-made party planning!
Longer list here: http://go.aflcio.org/SuperBowl
coolest stickman gif ever? i think so.