By Matthew Culnane

Etcetera #16: Criticism, Asterisks, Brassicas



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Matthew Culnane
Matthew Culnane
Hello. Here are this week’s picks. A minor change in format this week as I had a lot to include—let me know if you prefer it this way. If you’re new, you can subscribe here. There’ll be no issue next Friday, so I’ll see you in June.

How a Review Changed Both Sarah Silverman and Our Critic
See also: back in Etcetera #12 I linked to Emily Pothast’s piece on Gen X comedy and irony, one of the most useful lenses through which to view many of these conversations and reflections. This week’s discourse purports to make me a geriatric millennial—I do not know if this is better or worse than ‘xennial’ or any of the other marketing generation variations—but the more times I read Emily’s piece the more insight I have into the comedians a few years older than me. I like Silverman’s reaction to this as much as I disliked her ‘I can joke about anything I want’ approach that I too carried with me for many years. Let’s blame Bill Hicks.
Fun fact: three asterisks in a row as a section break in a text is called a dinkus.
Greens: why we eat the leaves that we do
The Etymological Week
See also: more everyday etymology in how the letters of the alphabet got their names.
What’s the healthiest news diet? Probably traditional media, but don’t gorge yourself: Too much can leave you less informed
‘The Flavor Equation’ by Nik Sharma is all about sugar, spice and a pinch of science
See also: Niki Segnit’s The Flavour Thesaurus treads similar ground. A huge number of flavour pairings are considered, from the well-known to the never-considered.
Narrative Napalm
Max Gowan (Full Set) - WKNC's The Lounge
Max Gowan (Full Set) - WKNC's The Lounge
Here’s another pal, Max Gowan, playing 3 of his songs with Travis Harrington on drums. The thing I like the most about Max’s music is that the first time you hear it, you can almost predict and hum along with a decent part of the melody before it goes in a completely unexpected and better direction. I expect this is something he’s absorbed from the likes of Elliott Smith, Built To Spill and Alex G. (Related: play any 3 diatonic chords from a given key and add a fourth out of left-field. You just wrote a new Nirvana song.)
Artificial Intelligence converts Spice Girls "Wannabe" into a Nine Inch Nails song [OpenAI Jukebox]
Artificial Intelligence converts Spice Girls "Wannabe" into a Nine Inch Nails song [OpenAI Jukebox]
Using OpenAI Jukebox to produce a NIN cover of ‘Wannabe’ by the Spice Girls.
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