Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009- The Year That Was and Never Will Be Again

Things I Liked In 2009- Some of these things I may have actually liked in 2008. Anyway.

Eleanor Wachtel’s Interview with Lynda Barry

I Never Liked You by Chester Brown- There is a lot I liked about this graphic novel. One thing was that it reminded me of a really good piece of flash fiction which looks deceptively sparse and simple but carries a lot of layers.

The Bad Rhyme Generator

on seeing the 100% perfect girl one beautiful april morning by Haruki Murakami

Laurie Lipton

Elephantiasis Pills- The thought behind them touched me most of all. It was like the government was really worried that I would get elephantiasis and they really wanted me to be ok so they sent people to come all the way to my house to give me these free pills to take so I wouldn’t get elephantiasis and I would be ok.

The Enormous Space by JG Ballard- Amazing short story.

Daisy Owl- Telephone Baby

The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers by Sarnath Banerjee- Sometimes the text seemed to be telling a different story from the visual and you had to pay attention to both because both were relevant to the overall piece. One of the many reasons I thought this book was awesome.

This song from Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri


The Most Unwanted Song - Promote special interests – sugar! Beef! Bananas! Pork Bellies! Pork barrels! Lumber! Coca-cola! The information superhighway! Three thousand years of oppression! Who enslaved humans of color? Who invaded the Caribbean? Who murdered all the innocent children?! You did! You! You!

Jay Smooth
- There are many, many, many reasons to love Jay Smooth.

Times New Roman & Countrymen

Good Time Girl by Shilpa Ray

Ianto Jones- There are many, many, many reasons to love Torchwood and they are all called Ianto Jones.

If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso by Gertrude Stein

Tropical Ice-land by The Fiery Furnaces

Locus Novus - I love this magazine. Love. If this magazine was Ianto Jones I would marry it. See this and this.

Goodnight Nurse’s Cover of Milkshake

Things I Shouldn’t Have Liked In 2009 But I Did

The Beechnut Tobacco song-

Girls in bars, girls in pants
A man just don't stand a chance
But there's still ways to show 'em who's who
You treat your dogs with respect
You keep your traps oiled and checked
And Beechnut's the tobacco you chew

Janice Dickinson in Finland Yelling at Models- Specifically ‘my leg isn’t working’ and ‘do something, you stupid models!'

The “Pakistani” version of Papi Chulo- Special props to the dancers who shattered the restrictive confines of synchronized choreography to creatively interpret the song in their own varied and unique ways. Also shart burger, pant pizza, chaal disco Mona Lisa.

The Wow I Must Be Really High Experience of 2009- The sixth season of The L Word, which was a lot like being on drugs without actually being on drugs and then the swimming pool kills somebody.

John Abraham in Yellow Trunks Moment or the Unexpectedly Delightful in An Otherwise Giant Clusterfuck Experience of 2009- Javier Bardem in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. A movie I thought was not just bad but zomgwtf bad, made so much worse by the fact that it had Scarlett Johansson in it. And yet I watched it all the way to the end solely because of Javier Bardem. Totally worth it.

Doordarshan Superfly Flashback of 2009- Something called James Bond 2007, which involved a very thin man wearing sunglasses running around a mofussil bus stop and then up some stairs carrying a plastic gun which, in true Doordarshan style, abruptly ended right at crucial moment when keyboard background music began to really bust out and shudder.




nameless brown thing said...

Goddamn. This post has affected me in so many ways that I no longer know who or where or what I am.

Snigdha said...

Considering that you took "free pills" from people who came to your house and said that they were from "the governement", I'm surpirsed that you are around to compile a list. Congratulations!

kuzhali manickavel said...

was it papi chulo? the video is known to have that effect on people



vorpal sored said...

It's the sheer totality of it. I'm dazed.

kuzhali manickavel said...

those were elephantiasis pills.
i live in an elephantiasis zone.

no one can judge me.


kuzhali manickavel said...

dear vorpal sored, sheer totality is often very crippling. also your name is vorpal sored.


Rashmi said...

I love 'papi chulo'!!!''Ek ladki...'
why no one came to my house with 'free' pills?I am not a even part of the census! cha!how senseless!
2009 was a very 'mixed' ( please say like 'mix' and then 'ed') One small poem for you
'Run, run run!' said the Jangri
Rotating fast down the road
'Never, never, never!' said the Karaboondi
And all the passerby's then became toads.

snickersnack said...

better than vorpal blade. which in madras means deathly bored.

kuzhali manickavel said...

dear rashmi, your poem was so awesome it made my heart explode


kuzhali manickavel said...

back in my day, 'blade' meant infuriating and bored at the same time. 'vorpal' wasn't invented yet.


arsh said...

did the "lice on the boyfriend" in your Integral Calculus short come from Lynda Barry's interview?

I read that story and then the interview and felt it might have...

kuzhali manickavel said...

hi arsh,

thanks for stopping by :) no, the lice in the story was inspired by the lice-infested people i have known.

i originally wrote lice-infested as life-infested.


arsh said...

Damn! And here I was gloating in the thought that I had figured out the source of your inspiration!

I'm embarrassed. Sorta. How could I have been so certain with my assumption there?

kuzhali manickavel said...

do not be the sorta embarrassed arsh, no one can judge you


arsh said...

I see from your comments here that you have an affinity for lowercase letters. I likey! :)

kuzhali manickavel said...

word :)

Sara Crowley said...

Crikey, the most unwanted song had passed me by until now. My husband was fascinated and thinks it very Zappa-esque. Then we listened to the most wanted song, eeep : (

Thanks for the linkys.

kuzhali manickavel said...

i couldn't even make it through the most wanted song. the most unwanted song however is all kinds of awesome :)


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