“Here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship–be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles–is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. …Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. But the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings.”—David Foster Wallace (via 101 Books)
Passion Pit’s Ian Hultquist and his girlfriend Sofia Degli Alessandri have been busy writing and recording music for their band, Aislyn. Meaning “dream” in Gaelic, the name is derived from an animated short film where this Brooklyn based duo first collaborated. Since then, they have worked their “cosmic-pop-noir” magic remixing songs from Freelance Whales, Neon Indian and Tokyo Police Club.
Their self-titled EP, mixed & mastered by Ayad Al Adhamy (also from Passion Pit), is available via Amazon and iTunes. Make sure to check out their tumblrfor band updates and show info.
So, on a chilly January day, I posted this. So I’m doing it again - for it is a GORGEOUS day here in Williamsburg. A great day for all of us to be alive and happy.
Happy you day. I decided to post about the most awesome thing you’ve got going on in your life - You. Today is your day. (Am I channeling the Kurt Russell “Miracle” speech? Yikes!)
To decide that if wearing Crocs is wrong, you don’t want to be right. To actually enjoying crying at a great book - maybe even a commercial (hey, it happens.) Admitting that your only consistent news source is John Stewart’s “The Daily Show.”
To shove it in your closet and consider your place clean. To pretend to text to get out of talking to that incredibly chatty person next to you - it’s called communi-faking and we all do it. (I have this friend Laura, that I can’t help but crack a smile thinking about her within this context…although she would probably have no qualms about politely saying, “Excuse me? Could you please shut the hell up? Thank you so much.”
To grovel with the coffee man about lowering the price, since you go in every, single, solitary day (without exception), 365 days a year. Having no shame: priceless.
To refuse the butt-out hug and go in for the real thing. To never fantasize about being a lady who lunches. It’s more fun to be a woman who lives.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and takes the opportunity for a little relaxation (cue mood music and bubble bath). That book you’ve been waiting to dive into all week, or the movie put on hold, T.V. episode that you TiVo-ed and have yet to start, the laundry (but can’t that wait…), the cup of coffee that isn’t rushed by time commitments, work, meetings, alarm clocks and car-pools.
Maybe some good ol’ peace and quiet:
“I’ll be peace
-I’ll be quiet” - from “What About Bob”. God, Bill Murray is great.