In Art, Culture, Curious Notions, Drink on December 4, 2010 at 3:00 am
I’ve been reading this book on the bohemian lifestyle called Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living: 1900-1939. It reminds me of a prose version of the Broadway play Rent in that it both inspires and pisses me off.
The book is 290 pages in length (not counting appendices and index) and while I am only 39 pages in to it, what I will say on “bohemia” and “la vie boheme” is this: it is romantic. It also demands a certain naivete. A form of naivete I find both adorable (inspiring) and irritating (it pisses me off).
Cover photograph from "Among the Bohemians" by Virginia Nicholson. Photo by Peregrine McClean.
Because who doesn’t want to live the bohemian lifestyle? It is, in many ways, the ultimate “progressive” ideal. Free love, intellectualism, creativity, art, adventure, pure philosophy, individualism (but also strongly based in community), new ideas, less materialism. As Craig Ferguson(yes, the talk show host) said in a recent Doctor Who-themed opener: “the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.”
While that phrase does resonate with me, the problem with any “progressive” idea is that it’s relative. It’s relative in that what is “progressive” to me, may be conservative to someone else. I have little doubt that my friend Charles (who posts on here from time to time) would agree. I’m sure he and I could be quite bohemian in discussing this topic, as well: jazz music on the iPod, red wine in glasses, stretched out on my living room rug or his old living room couch.
What is “progressive?” Can anyone answer me with their own opinion? I submit that to you, my readers…
In Drink, Health on November 30, 2010 at 12:33 am
I became an adult today.
No, not the time I moved out on my own. Not the time I lost my v-card. Nor the time I bought my first vacuum (which I still have, btw – a sweet little red Dirt Devil).
I became an adult TODAY because I found out I have a problem with my triglycerides.
Triglycerides? Another word for “fat in your body” and I’ve got a lot of it. A healthy guy my height should be between 10 – 140 mg/dl (milligrams per decilitre). Where I’m at is 273. Yeah, yikes.
The point of adulthood was further pounded in to me when my wife (another sign of adulthood, perhaps?) told me to not only watch how much orange juice I drank (sugars!) but to also avoid eating a snack so late in the night. Sure that snack was bacon that my father left over, but…
So, what’s a boy, er, man to do? Eat healthy, look good and try to beat all the other healthy bastards at doing it?
That and take a page out of Courage Wolf’s Guide to Life.
- Wine has grapes in it, right? And grapes = fruit. So, that means I can have a lot of it and it’s still good for me, yeah? Photo by Jeremia Schrock
In Alaskana, Art, Cinema, Culture, Drink, Health, Music Reviews, Political, UAF on October 4, 2010 at 3:22 am
I plan on writing an actual update sometime early this week. However, before then, I wanted to throw out a few topics I plan on writing about which include health, journalism, music, and politics.
Why? Because I want to do something with the blog tonight/this morning but have no energy for anything investigative (i.e. that isn’t already in my head and doesn’t involve anything more then spellchecker and Google). You know the mood…where you want to feel productive, so you get away with “thinking” about being productive?
Yeah, it’s kind of like that.
Topics for future posts:
Health: Asthma; the Life Insurance process
Journalism: How to Write a Decent News Article; the Ethics of Journalism
Local Music Review: For both Feeding Frenzy and Good Dazes’ (Germ of Creation) new albums; Blurb about a buyers experience at the recent Record Expo.
Non-Local Music Review: Serj Tankian’s new album Imperfect Harmonies and Maroon5’s Hands All Over.
UAF: ASUAF Summer Senate Score Card; Photo slide-show of two university professors research.
State Politics: Scott McAdams and Lisa Murkowski position overviews (to match the one I did for Joe Miller).
History: What Norwegian Vikings Can Tell Us About Masculinity; something with Teddy Roosevelt since it’s his birthday this month.
Film: Maybe something on the Scandinavian Cinema Society I have recently formed with a fellow film enthusiast.
Drink: Brew Reviews-ala-the Northern Light
There are many other things I can and will write about. Some of them I haven’t even thought of yet! I understand this post could be considered “lame”, but I try to view it as a “teaser” of future posts to come. Feedback is always appreciated.
In Drink on September 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm
Today was National Coffee Day. If you are like me, and you missed it, well sucks for us. If you didn’t miss it and did something special (coffee related) then bully for you as Theodore Roosevelt said.
Speaking of T.R. did you know that he is the person responsible for the Maxwell House motto: “Good to the last drop?” You can find the story here.
However, dear blog reader, if you are how I think you are (and remember, on this blog I am Prometheus – with his liver, mind you) then you need coffee to survive. National Coffee Day is just another normal day. So, to those of you I raise my wife’s raven-covered travel mug and say drink up, and remember, decaffeinated coffee is the devil’s blend!