jul 17

My Favorite Blog Right Now

It's been a while since you've asked -- actually, you've never asked -- but let me tell you... my favorite new blog is This Recording. What we have here is failure to communicate... strange little essays, or collages, usually around people, like Cronenberg or Ashbery or Anselm or Scarlett or Diablo or Sun Ra or Pasolini or Sasha (!!!), that are pieced together with aphorisms, links, pictures, and music, with lots of italics and ellipses. You don't really "read" the posts so much as "scan" them, which is not the same as "skim" -- it takes time. Sometimes they adopt the style of a writer -- Brett Easton Ellis -- and other times it's just something random like deducing who killed Chris Farley. Even the straight-up stuff, like the memo to Hollywood on which books to adapt, has this strange outsider voice. Most of the writers are, I think, from LA, or at least it feels like LA. It's not done-with-it-all jaded like NYC or earnestly passive-aggressive like the Midwest. It's more like some crazy ass pastiche, like this random thing about Mad Men from a few days ago, which we can either call an "essay" or visual-poetry-media-criticism-mashup. Whatevski, I could read this Molly person all day. Update: "when Walt Whitman liveblogged Abraham Lincoln's funeral".


So "new" is completely relative and flexible online, right? The site has been around since at least 2006.

I regret not seeing it sooner.

posted by Rex at 10:35 AM on July 17, 2008

Oh, and it sorta reminds me of the great Tony Pierce, who's also in LA. There's a definite style there... has anyone ever written about this? LA blogs might be where it's at...

posted by Rex at 10:38 AM on July 17, 2008

(Okay, I should research first. The writers are from all over.)

posted by Rex at 10:51 AM on July 17, 2008

molly (editress i believe) even wrote for denton for a spell last month (or the month before).

posted by ryan at 2:16 PM on July 17, 2008

Sorry guys, not convinced yet. I guess I'm supposed to use my "sincere" voice here, so here goes: there's a strong air of contrivance about a lot of what they write. Which doesn't go without saying that, when you get down to it, everything else on the web isn't (oh, it is, it so is) but there's something about it that's kind of like sucking the "bubbles" out of bubble tea: at once both obvious and sudden, arbitrary, and not tasty enough to warrant a second drink. Unless you're into sucking dick.

Anyway. Some of it's okay.

posted by fek at 2:21 PM on July 17, 2008

i heart this blog too!

posted by ashley at 5:55 PM on July 17, 2008

I heart bubble tea. Yea so what the bubbles don't taste like much; the texture is so slimy and fun!

posted by Will at 1:17 AM on July 18, 2008

we heart being hearted, and fek I'd say the majority of our posters are into sucking dick, but I hate bubble tea. the bobas are just too gelatinous. I never want for texture in my drinking liquids.

posted by Molly Lambert at 3:23 AM on July 18, 2008

I don't like chunky drinks in general, except maybe chunky milkshakes. Of which category boba does not fit.

posted by Tess Lynch at 4:48 AM on July 18, 2008

not a fan of milkshakes at all. unless it's Kelis' Milkshake. nice blog, btw..

posted by marrina at 10:52 AM on July 18, 2008

No, Rex, you're right! LA bloggers are where it's at.

posted by Carrie Meathrell at 11:19 AM on July 18, 2008

Hit and miss IMO, but seriously - how is that Farley thing a "post"? They just scan in half the book and get credit for it? The soft bigotry of low expectations hits the blogging world...

posted by boredwithit at 10:10 PM on July 19, 2008

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