Tea With Chris: The Queen of Eternal Disco

Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:

Carl: Here is an experimental-music performance that turns into a Donna Summer tribute, by Alan Licht. The combination feels exactly emotionally right for mourning the queen of eternal disco.

Another form of mourning: A grad student posts to YouTube the interview she did with the late Carlos Fuentes on a tape recorder during a car ride in 2006.

And a third: D.C. mourns “its president,” Go-Go Godfather Chuck Brown.

Funnier, but grim in its own way: Toronto writer Sean Dixon encounters the 2012 version of “dog ate my homework”: “Author wdn’t dO my homewrk 4 me.”

Chris: Via Tom Ewing, Patrick Cowley’s 16-minute-long megamix of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” For all that disco’s popular image became associated solely with hedonism (and for all that hedonism has to recommend it), the heights here sound downright empyrean.

Not sure that this will bring Carl around on song-of-the-spontaneous-summer “Call Me Maybe,” but it did mesmerize me for at least 10 minutes at 2 am last night.

First-grade poetry.

“I’ve got a 14-year-old daughter who’s like me reincarnated— it’s the most frustrating thing in my goddamn life right now. She’s brilliant. I remember telling her on Halloween, ‘Why would you want to be Marilyn Monroe? Why would you want to be that white woman? Why don’t you want to be Sojourner Truth or Harriet Tubman?’ And she says, ‘My brother’s going as Freddy Krueger, and you’re not telling him to be Martin Luther King or Malcom X. We’re kids, daddy.’ So she essentially exposed my sexism.” Read this interview with Killer Mike, buy his new album, draft him for Congress.

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