October Pieces Of My Mind #3

National Library, Stockholm
  • So smart rich people trick poor uneducated people into believing that it lies in their interest to vote Republican. And then the poor uneducated people take the party over and make an insane game show host its leader. Divine justice.
  • Been playing a surrealist Call of Cthulhu scenario. Had dinner with 18 copies of a person, all of whom were completely oblivious to the strangeness of this. There was also a nude feral lady climbing facades in January.
  • Swedes testing positive for COVID19 have gone up sharply in the past five weeks, but ICU admissions have not. This suggests that we’re way better at protecting risk groups now than we were in spring.
  • I’m fascinated by the nimbleness of human hands, how we can hold two largish objects in one hand and manipulate them or even a third object. [Nudge disclaimer]
  • Jrette likes to expropriate my psychedelic band T-shirts. ❤
  • These trimonthly digests of Fb entries are extremely useful as a mine for anecdotes and jokes when I’m asked to give a talk or sit on a panel.
  • We had a couple of Raymond Peynet’s romantic cartoon collections at home when I grew up. I’ve never encountered his work elsewhere.
  • So depressing that the only music mags available in Swedish stores are various versions of Rock History Quarterly. No, I do not want to read a feature on Small Faces!
  • Planned my Stockholm Film Festival early this year because of the limited seating.
  • Movie: House of Hummingbird (2018). Young Korean teen girl goes through nearly unleavened woes at a glacial pace. Grade: Fail.
  • Suddenly remember a 90s mystery novel where the author describes in great detail how the main character uses Norton Commander.
  • Whenever someone writes “it beggars the imagination”, I think it’s fair to consider that it might be a typo for “it buggers the imagination”.
  • Sir Richard Francis Burton had injera in Somaliland. He calls them ”sour grain cakes” in his 1856 book First Footsteps in East Africa.
  • Around 1960, young Swedish men saved money to be able to do the honourable thing and pay for a young woman’s trip to Poland in case of an unwanted pregnancy. Now we should offer Polish women the same support.
  • I’m curating and producing a tribute anthology album titled STEELEYE DAN / STEELY SPAN, where young jazz rock bands interpret Steeleye Span songs and young folk rock bands interpret Steely Dan songs.
  • I don’t remember much of what I read. I’m trying out the idea that maybe this doesn’t matter, that the point of reading for pleasure is just in the moment. Reading not to eventually have read a book, but to be reading right now.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

5 thoughts on “October Pieces Of My Mind #3”

  1. As someone with a (sometimes scarily good) memory of what I read, I think it’s perfectly OK to not have it. I mean, mostly, I don’t have active recollection of anything I’ve read, only situational recollection.

    But I have done things like “you’re on page N of book B? I will, in that case refrain asking you what I thought I woudl ask you about, because it’s not happened yet from your POV”.

    And, at other times, it takes me about half the book to realise I have in fact, read it before.

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  2. “I’m curating and producing a tribute anthology album titled STEELEYE DAN / STEELY SPAN, where young jazz rock bands interpret Steeleye Span songs and young folk rock bands interpret Steely Dan songs.”

    As a fan of folk rock, I was always annoyed by Steely Dan and Fairground Attraction. 🙂

    Steeleye Span were/are folk musicians who went electric, while Fairport Convention were rock musicians who played traditional songs. Although both have covered a few of the same traditional songs, there isn’t that much overlap. I would like to see a “Fairport plays Steeleye” and a “Steeleye plays Fairport” record, with each covering songs by the other group: in the case of traditional songs, not their own take on that song, but rather their take on the take of the other group, but also covering self-penned songs by the other group. (There are some self-penned songs, especially by Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick, which are practically indistinguishable from real traditional songs. Simon Nicol from Fairport Convention once introduced such a song after having played a real traditional song with the words “This next song is not a traditional song—well, it is now“. That is not a claim many can make.

    There was so much good music in the 1960s and 1970s, in so many styles, many good: good pop music like Abba, progressive rock, hard rock, the beginnings of heavy metal, and the folk revival (which folk rock was a part of). I leave you with a traditional song as rendered by Pentangle:

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  3. “Jrette likes to expropriate my psychedelic band T-shirts.”

    Regular readers will know that one of my pet peeves are missing hyphens in two-word adjectives. As written, it means that your T-shirts are psychedelic. OK, they might be, but you could also mention psychedelic-band T-shirts.

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    1. The line between the two is quite thinly drawn. Grateful Dead t-shirts were relatively common back in the day.

      One of the most enduring designs is the cover of Dark Side of the Moon. I have seen such shirts worn by kids whose parents were probably not yet born when Pink Floyd were doing that tour.

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  4. “So depressing that the only music mags available in Swedish stores are various versions of Rock History Quarterly. No, I do not want to read a feature on Small Faces!”

    There are many such magazines. At some point, there is nothing new in old bands. One could have magazines about just new bands, but then potential readers wouldn’t know the styles catered to. Perhaps that’s the reason (maybe not on purpose, maybe not consciously) for including features on old bands. I like discovering new bands, but it has to be my style of music.

    As always, there are many very good bands in Sweden. I had intended to go to a concert by the band below, but it was postponed due to the pandemic. I hope that I can see them sometime. I almost believe in time machines which go back 50 years!

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