"To Breathe - A Mirror Woman" art installation by Kimsooja, at Palacio de Cristal, Madrid; 2006 (Mirrored floor, diffraction film on windows, recordings) (More info and gorgeous pictures: https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/01/a-reflective-palace-of-rainbows-by-kimsooja/)
Who could forget lyrics like this:
"Something's strange, something's funny
Nanny's got a plot to get the family's money
Makes Fester fall for her
Thing gets wise and spreads the word
The family comes to Fester's aid
The plot is foiled, no one gets paid
That's the Addams Family running things
Get wrecked while Tag Team sings
Whoomp there it is."
Everyone talking about The Addams Family (1991) needs to take a break for MC Hammer's last top ten hit, his weird CGI decapitated head, and a sword fight with Raul Julia in The Addams Groove:
Halloween candy, drugs, shitposting about Trancendentalists
Ok, they weren't neighbours, but I just read a meme on Instagram that said "Halloween was invented in 1837 by Edgar Allen Poe when he got high on laudanum and wanted his neighbour's candy" and pictured Poe all fucked up trying to get candy from Bronson Alcott and them getting in a scrap after Alcott gave him dried fruit and said the sweetest candy of all was the inherent good in mankind.
Me: Maybe I should lean into this unsexy season of my life. Take up chaste intellectual pursuits, or embrace the sensuality of coziness and finally look up how to pronounce 'hygge'. *opens browser*
The entire internet, chanting hornily: HALLOWEEN! SCORPIO SEASON! HALLOWEEN! SCORPIO SEASON!
Me: Oh no.
Smoulder is a band that came out of nowhere for me this year but I fuckin love them because they do a really great job of traditional epic doom metal with sword-and-sorcery lyrics but they just, like, gender-flipped everything. The vocalist is a woman, the cover is a woman on a horse rescuing a scantily-clad man, all the songs are about women being heroes.
Times of Obscene Evil and Wild Daring is a heavy contender for album of the year for me.
Related: Homer describes the sky as "bronze" a few times in the Odyssey and Iliad, and there's a bunch of interpretations: Homer was colour blind, or he was poetically saying it was bright and shining, or what if he was describing a smoggy day or a sunset? But consider the patina on bronze. Yes, it is green. But several ancient cultures referred to the sky as "the green" and if you look at a patina'd metal statue against the sky, the saturation levels are similar. Homer, you clever bastard.
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