Fred No. 7


Here's the new Fred: Music, Essays, Opinions, Complaints

Short Essays

            1. "The New York Times  and 'The Other' " -- piece on why the newspaper provides a poor view of the rest of the world

            2. "The Nationalism(s) of South Asia" -- piece on the search for something that never existed

            3. "Bangladesh: Girls, Boys, Blogs" -- piece on why Bangladesh festers a little less than assumed


            1. Ten Best Albums, 2005 (Boards of Canada, Ariel Pink, LCD Soundsystem, etc.)

            2. Concert Reviews, 2005 (Sleater-Kinney, Royksopp, Interpol, U2, Local H, etc.)

            3. Other Music-Related Stuff

                        Sound Opinions -- the self-proclaimed world's only rock'n'roll radio talk show

                        Guide to Electronic Dance Music -- if you find all those definitions bewildering

                        on Billy Joel --  the difficulty of picking the worst Billy Joel song

                        new song by Prince --  bozo has a new album out with the weirdest song


            1. The Family Guy -- the funniest show on TV

            2. 24 -- apparently the most popular show on TV [by an anonymous reviewer]


            1. Grizzly Man -- the best documentary I saw last year

            2. Brokeback Mountain --  good movie, I guess

            3. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan -- very very long documentary on the guy

            4. The Shining / Shining -- trailer for new version


            1. Harry G. Frankfurt, On Bullshit -- on the theory of bullshit
            2. John Lewis Gaddis, The Cold War: A New History -- poor scholarship
Mary Gaitskill, Veronica: A Novel -- latest novel from her

            4. Very Short Introductions -- the best one volume summaries of stuff


            1. "A Monday Morning Walk" [by Anoo]


            1. untitled [by Sherry]

Things Lost

With this issue of Fred, I decided to introduce a new section on “things lost.” Basically, every issue, we'll dig up some cultural artifactan album, a book, a movie, a paintingsomething like that, that’s been lost, unremembered, but is worth bringing up again because somehow it still stands the test of time or it suddenly struck you in the face the other day and still inspired you just the same. For the first installment, I decided to excavate a 1990s relic, a CD that unfortunately is not available commercially in the U.S. but is worth searching out. (Thank you Natalja for introducing me to this album).
This issue:

Out There

            1. The Old Negro Space Program  -- new documentary using old tricks

            2. The Complete Bushisms -- catch up on the latest additions from the frontiers of language

            3. GarageBand Tutorial -- learn to make your own kind of music

            4. Strange New Products -- learn about the weirdest things you can buy

            5. Talk Like a Pirate Day -- when you're bored, talk like a pirate

            6. Open Letter—Intelligent Design --  see the letter that took it to a new level

The Continuing Nuisance of Thomas Friedman

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