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Tea With Chris: Coy Japanese Dog

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:

Chris: The cowboy hat as mythographic class signifier.

If there was a year-end list for righteously aggrieved responses to year-end lists I would nominate Alex Ostroff.

I found this enigmatic photo of a Japanese pup via Pauline and I just kind of need to post it.

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Tea With Chris: Awesome-Terrible-Remarkable

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:

Chris: Jonathan Bogart enlivens the perennial and somewhat contrived search for a “song of the summer” by listening to singles you probably won’t hear through a car stereo, including Lebanese pop, sweetly understated dancehall and Franco-Nigerian R&B.

Carl: I have spent most of my time on the web this week trying to figure out things about New Orleans, where I was visiting. Mainly I learned that in the future I should go to this amazing-sounding museum, but I missed it this time around. However, I did go to this incredible installation, an interactive set of musical shacks, which will some day be a permanent musical house. It’s closed now but when that happens you should go there. (Find out more in this fine NPR piece about it.) And when you do, the new website My Spilt Milk should be your guide, and you should read these two great books by Ned Sublette about the biblically awesome-terrible-remarkable racial and colonial history that makes it a singular cultural crossroads on the North American continent. Also, have a Sazerac.

Otherwise, I have watched Hollywood goofballs parodying The Bachelor and discovered the (I think now defunct) Tumblr Animals Tweeting as Owen Pallett, e.g., two birds of paradise saying, “Whoa I thought I was being progressive with my hair choices and then I saw that Xavier de Rosnay guy has been doing it ‘for years’.” (Xavier de Rosnay is one of the guys in Justice. I looked it up. You’re welcome.)

 

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Tea With Chris: Thank You For Your Woo

Carl: Next week, Chris and I will again be at the EMP Pop Conference, this time in New York City. If you will also be in New York City, register free by Monday and you can get a badge and jump the lines and watch the geeks geeking.

What’s it like? Please allow Stephen Colbert to explain (or if you need it explained to you in Canadian, go about 45 seconds into here).

Also in attendance, scholar-at-large Jonathan Bogart, whose great blog I’ve just discovered, including two of the truest paragraphs I’ve read (at least about the Internet) this year.

Annals of book reviewing: There’s Godwin’s Law, according to which the first person in an argument to mention Hitler loses. Now meet Evans’s Law, according to which the person who gets everything wrong about Hitler really, really loses.

And finally, a verse in honour of the real Lorax:

Although no doubt they should first read the book
Sit your kids down and have them take a look
At this version free, on the free YouTube station
And don’t pay to see Disney’s abomination.

Chris: I’m glad that my big March trip this year will be to EMP rather than SXSW (here’s only one reason why), but Nitsuh Abebe compromised that a little with his account of “the perfect anti-SXSW band,” Future of the Left. As an inveterate woo-er, this shard of derision from frontman Andy Falkous was especially cutting: “Thank you for your ‘woo.’ I will take it with me until my bath tonight, and wonder what to do with it at that stage.”

This is how that baby got on that Aaliyah song.

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