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Sunday, August 1st, 2004

Subbacultcha

I started reading Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto last night, which is basically a collection of essays by the Spin writer on a variety of pop culture topics which are of utterly no consequence. So rooted in the realm of the late 90s and early aughts that I think the book will be completely unreadable within five years. But it’s funny and as someone who also writes at great length about topics of utterly no consequence, I’m enjoying it. And hey, I’m only about three chapters in – it could very well turn to matters of cosmic import in the next few pages… but I’m not counting on it. There’s an interview with the author about the book here.

Yesterday I volunteered to help deliver the August Wavelength ‘zines around town, which had me biking along the stretch of Queen West between Penguin and The Drake with about 350 of the things in my backpack. Those things were heavy and it was damned hot out but it didn’t take me that long and was sorta fun. Like having a paper route back in the day. It was a year ago this weekend that Lake Holiday played Wavelength, still our best show to date, I think. Wow, a year. Where does the time go, I do not know. I may go down to tonight’s show since I don’t have to get up in the morning and my payment for yesterday’s labour is a free beer.

Miles Krukowsky of Beulah reflects on his band calling it a day to The New York Post. From LHB.

I’m afraid I have very little to say today. It’s the middle day of a long weekend and I’m trying to assemble a grocery shopping list. I’ve always found the long weekend to be a bit of a mixed blessing – on the one hand, it’s always good to have an extra day off for sleeping and puttering around and whatnot, but on the other hand if I end up doing nothing that I wouldn’t do on a normal weekend, I feel like I’ve squandered the time. I should be skydiving or parasailing or on safari or something.

np – Camera Obscura / Underachievers Please Try Harder

By : Frank Yang at 9:39 am
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  1. Carrie says:

    I found Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs to be a pretty entertaining read. However, it was also a creepy experience, because a lot of the time I’d be reading the book and a song that is mentioned would be playing on the radio at the same time. It happened THREE times (Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay and I can’t remember the last one…80s song, I think). A few other times, topics would come up with friends, and then I’d read the book and the exact same topic was mentioned there, as well. Craziness.

  2. Nik says:

    Hey, I did a piece on this in my own blog a few weeks ago. I quite enjoyed it, it’s a very ephermal kind of book but there were some superb snarky pieces in there (the Say Anything analogy in the first essay was choice)

  3. rooney says:

    this book simply rocks. Lots of people get "interesting little thoughts" like the one’s klosterman writes about but he somehow manages to hash it out over several pages without it dragging. The ‘saved by the bell’ essay is a prime example. He somehow manages to find the cultural signifigance of SBTB while pointing out the "actual reality" of the show. and damn, it’s just flat out entertaining.