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Took the "Break in Case of Emergency" pill this morning at five ayem, that tricksy gem in my prescription pharmacoepia, that I so very rarely touch. Because it hits within mere minutes, and it hits like a freight train (the passenger sort would only stun) and wears off about eighteen hours later. I slept more than 8.5 hours, a sleep which culminated with a dream of a post-apocalyptic (not one word, that adjective) plague that slowly, horribly transformed the infected into bat-like alien things. It isn't a dream I wish ever to go near ever again.

And I'm not awake. My left eyelid (blind eye), keeps closing of its own accord.

[livejournal.com profile] readingthedark arrived early in the evening, we had dinner from the hot bar at Whole Foods, then headed to the show at the Met. The first band sucked empty donkey ballsacks. Don't even recall the band's name. A bunch of fucking hipster poseurs from Brooklyn trying to audition for the Grand Ole Opry. But the second band, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, were rather damn bow tie. Singer looked a lot like Michael Wincott (swoon), and the sound was sort of like a collision between Rockabilly and Bob Dylan and Nick Cave and a really skanky honky-tonk five miles outside Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Brown Bird (buy Salt for Salt TODAY), returning home after a long tour, looked a little haggard, but sounded better than I've ever heard them sound. A mountain of bow tie. It was even worth enduring the drunks and texting idiots. And here's a thing? Why do people pay to attend a show, then spend the whole goddamn show texting? Or even spend five minutes doing it? Are they truly so attached at the genitals to their cell phones and social fucking networks that they can't stop that shit fot a couple of hours and just listen? Anyway, fuck them, and Brown Bird remains the finest Appalachian-Roots-Yiddish-Doom-Folk band anywhere on Earth.

And that's all I'm writing today. I'm still stoned, and I'm on vacation, motherfuckers.
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
Damn straight Skippy! I'm so glad they were able to rock your socks off after their long tour. I wanted to see them in Norfolk, but a 5 hour trip (each way) during the work week just didn't make it feasible. I am envious, though.

I don't get the texting/social network thing either-my stepdaughter's head would explode if her phone's not with reach for more then five minutes.
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I don't get the texting/social network thing either-my stepdaughter's head would explode if her phone's not with reach for more then five minutes.

And THIS is what I do not get.
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
I can't imagine tweeting during a performance although the one time I saw the Kronos Quartet I teared up at one point and when I used to go to the opera I would get jacked on a solo or for a really great ensemble performance like when I saw Xerces. I could imagine myself saying something during intermission.

I have been known to update FB during the Shirley Jackson Awards. Is that a service or is healing needed?
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Is that a service or is healing needed?

I think I'd just call it an unnecessary distraction.

Basically, I think people - and especially younger people - have become so "connected," they exist in a perpetual state of disconnect, incapable of focusing, immersion, or existing in the moment. It must be a hollow life.

Date: 2011-12-18 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
Once she broke her phone, and didn't have access to one for about 24 hours. Her level of anxiety was absurd and nerve-wracking for the whole household. I've heard some doctors label the "condition" as "cellphone anxiety." Another fine contribution of the technological age.

Date: 2011-12-18 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I've heard some doctors label the "condition" as "cellphone anxiety."

Any time I hear of these absurd new "disorders," I'm reminded of the fabrication of "Space Invaders Wrist" in the early '80s.

Date: 2011-12-18 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
Any time I hear of these absurd new "disorders," I'm reminded of the fabrication of "Space Invaders Wrist" in the early '80s.
Exactly. I wonder how many of the kids from the 60's and 70's would have been diagnosed as ADHD? Or several other "disorders" that have been "discovered" the past 30 years.

Date: 2011-12-18 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Exactly. I wonder how many of the kids from the 60's and 70's would have been diagnosed as ADHD? Or several other "disorders" that have been "discovered" the past 30 years.

I was very pleased to see the APA sink "Asperger's syndrome" back into general autism.

Date: 2011-12-18 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
I was very pleased to see the APA sink "Asperger's syndrome" back into general autism.

Sometimes I believe that some members of the scientific community strive to discover new disorders instead of trying to find the missing pieces of the old puzzle.

Not to change the subject, but do you have any interest in the Centipede Press edition of Karl Edward Wagner: Masters of the Weird Tale? He was a favorite of mine for quite awhile, but I don't know if you care for his works or not.

Date: 2011-12-18 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Not to change the subject, but do you have any interest in the Centipede Press edition of Karl Edward Wagner: Masters of the Weird Tale? He was a favorite of mine for quite awhile, but I don't know if you care for his works or not.

Thank you. But nah. Not really. Never much cared for his fiction. Though, bit of trivia: the first panel I ever did, in 1994, he was also on it.

Date: 2011-12-18 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddevi.livejournal.com
Damn...I really want to see Brown Bird...I was performing in Tiverton last night, so that wouldn't have worked, but next time they perform in the area, I definitely want to see them!

Date: 2011-12-18 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You know, Spooky and I really need to see you perform.

Date: 2011-12-18 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddevi.livejournal.com
awww...there will probably be something local and small before then maybe, but I'll be performing at Friday night at TempleCon - a solo, and a piece with my students, that's the first weekend of February. Other than that, you guys should definitely come out for Waking Persephone in April - Saturday night especially with Nathaniel Johnstone, Paul Mercer/Ghosts Project, etc, http://www.wakingpersephone.com

Date: 2011-12-18 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-darkstorm.livejournal.com
Are they truly so attached at the genitals to their cell phones and social fucking networks that they can't stop that shit fot a couple of hours and just listen?

Short answer: Yes. And I'm very, very guilty of this.

Date: 2011-12-18 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And I'm very, very guilty of this.

Then cure thyself.

Date: 2011-12-18 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ulffriend.livejournal.com
"Why do people pay to attend a show, then spend the whole goddamn show texting? Or even spend five minutes doing it?"

I think this every time I go to a show and see people watching it through their iphones as they video it.

Why bother?! If I wanted to see a concert through the lense of a phone camera, I'd just go to youtube.

Myself, I'd rather watch the performance and rely on my memory later on.

Date: 2011-12-19 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Why bother?! If I wanted to see a concert through the lense of a phone camera, I'd just go to youtube.


I think they have no idea the world was ever any other sort of way.

Date: 2011-12-19 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
I think I've texted for a total of five minutes in my whole life, and don't really intend to add to that total. I would happily burn all telephones, not just cell phones.

Date: 2011-12-19 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
jessamyg wrote:

"I think I've texted for a total of five minutes in my whole life, and don't really intend to add to that total. I would happily burn all telephones, not just cell phones."

I think I have texted less than 10 times when pushed by family members and they never get more than "No" , "Yes" or "OK" I tell people to not text me tho it doesn't stop them.

I feel the same way about phones too except when I want to call someone or someone has good news. I am a such a jerk.

When phones were new, people would send notes to whoever they were planning to call to say "I am going to call at such-n-such a time". I always thought that was polite. It would give individuals the time to get ready to accept a call or to just sneak out.

Date: 2011-12-19 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I would happily burn all telephones, not just cell phones.

I was always rather fond of dials.

Date: 2011-12-19 03:20 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] jomacmouse.livejournal.com
Just note about Two Worlds and Inbetween: mea culpa for not buying directly from Subterranean Press, but an independent bookstore in Sydney, Australia, has delivered a copy to where I am two hours north of Sydney. I can add my praises to the wonder that is the artwork on the dust jacket. (Oh, and to the notion that I can admire same artwork now without having to turn a computer on. Oh, and the author photo on the back of the dust jacket.) Alas that I am at work, so can't give the stories the attention they deserve right now.

Date: 2011-12-19 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

but an independent bookstore in Sydney, Australia, has delivered a copy to where I am two hours north of Sydney.

At least books my books get travel.

Date: 2011-12-19 04:11 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] jomacmouse.livejournal.com
That's nice for those of us not in the US that your books do travel. Without that, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet an interesting book called Threshold and offer it, and then its sibling novels, a home on my bookshelves.

Date: 2011-12-19 04:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That's nice for those of us not in the US that your books do travel.

Agreed. I just regret I cannot travel with them, sometimes.

Date: 2011-12-19 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faffinz.livejournal.com
I'm third of three in line to borrow it from the Auckland public library. So it has made it to New Zealand. Someone at the Takapuna library likes you.

Date: 2011-12-19 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] from-ashes.livejournal.com
Why do people pay to attend a show, then spend the whole goddamn show texting? Or even spend five minutes doing it? Are they truly so attached at the genitals to their cell phones and social fucking networks that they can't stop that shit fot a couple of hours and just listen?

Tell me about it. I went to the movie theater yesterday and the girl sitting next to me was texting throughout the entire film. So I would be really getting into a scene and suddenly be blinded by the light from her phone's screen. I finally elbowed her "accidentally" upon getting up to use the restroom (and when I came back, I sat elsewhere). I heard the phone drop to the floor and I sincerely hope it broke.

Date: 2011-12-19 04:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
the finest Appalachian-Roots-Yiddish-Doom-Folk band anywhere on Earth.

I will have to hope they come to Boston sometime.

Date: 2011-12-19 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
My vacation starts Wednesday. So, I'm 'jelly' as the young are saying these days.

Date: 2011-12-20 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royal-spice.livejournal.com
A bunch of fucking hipster poseurs from Brooklyn trying to audition for the Grand Ole Opry.

This cracked me up, as it could have described any one of many, many bands I've seen popping up lately.

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