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: It pisses Kareem Abdul-Jabbar off that people don’t want him to have opinions about Girls. “How should an aging, black jock like myself know anything about pop culture? Man, I am a living part of pop culture and have been for nearly 50 years. Beyond that, I think pop culture expresses our needs, fears, hopes and whole zeitgeist better than some of the more esoteric and obscure forms of art.”
In evidence thereof, please see Will Sheff of the band Okkervil River, writing about a 39-year-old video of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show playing German TV. I must confess I like this post better than I like any of Sheff’s songs. And I like his songs. But I love this essay. I won’t spoil it except to say that if you start off thinking it is sarcastic and mean, wait, because it isn’t.
This interview with feminist thinker Drucilla Cornell, on the other hand, is sometimes sarcastic and mean, and always challenging and bracing. I think I disagree with quite a bit of it, except that I am going to need to think about it a lot more before I’d dare say that.
The less funny: We all live in the shadow of the drone. (Well, sort of funny if you sing that to the tune of Yellow Submarine.)
Oh, by the way, what’s the purpose of the universe?