Daddy, You Bastard, I’m Through– April is National Poetry Month!

Posted By: Coco Buchanan
And in honor of that, I’ve decided to semi-plagiarize The Masked Drinker.  Here is a random list of some poetry verses I enjoy a great deal.  You don’t have to be as “crazy” as ‘ol Emily Dickinson to be crazy about these!

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I Got Nothin

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But this is kinda how I feel.

Fatlip, I salute you.

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Fiona Apple, Why Try To Change Me Now?

Posted by: Coco Buchanan

Cy Coleman originally wrote this song for Frank Sinatra, and I guess this version from Fiona Apple has been floating around lately, from a concert in January.  As per usual of Ms. Apple, her version of this song (listen to the original here) is extraordinarily sad….and so, predictably, I freaking love it.

Here are the lyrics:

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Song I’m Obsessed With This Week: Middle Cyclone by Neko Case

Posted by: Coco Buchanan

OK, so yeah, it’s another Neko Case song.  But I’ve been listening to the new album a lot, ok?  I had stated previously that my favorite at that time was Vengeance Is Sleeping.  And though I still really like it, I’m now switching back & forth from “This Tornado Loves You” and “Middle Cyclone”.   I don’t know what it is with me and tornadoes.  Well, sort of.

Um, how amazing is this cover?

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Interview with Barbra Vitanza: Long Islandian, Chain Smoking, Ball Bustin’ Broad

Posted by: Coco Buchanan

The only way to properly get the feel of this interview is me transcribing this as phonetically as possible.  Ms. Vitanza will be a weekly (or bi-weekly, we haven’t decided yet) staple in our soon-to-come podcast feature.  For now, this is a little sumthin’ sumthin’ to get you acquainted.

CB: Where you from & where do you stay at?

BV:Wheeaaah do youse think I’m from?  Fraaaaance?  Louung Island, sweethawwt, Louuuuuuuuuuuuuuung Island.  I stay wheahhevah the hell I wanna stay.  What’s with the third degree?  Pass me the lighah, wouldja, hon?


CB: Who is your Daddy, and what does he do?

BV:  My fawwtha  is louung gone.  And thank gawd fa’ that, that fuckin’ bastahhd.  He owned a string of casino-strip clubs on the eastern seaboahhd called “Crazy Vito’s: The Loosest Slots East of Hoboken”.  It was mauuuderately successful.

[takes a drag of a Capri]  Oh yeeeahh, that’s smooooooooooth.

CB: What is your problem?
BV:  Don’t get smaaauuuurt with me!  What ahh you?  Some souurta pah’ticulah wise guy?

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Coco At The Movies: Cool Hand Luke

coco_chanel2 Posted By: Coco Buchanan

Though I’ve seen parts of it before, I can’t believe I had never seen Cool Hand Luke in its entirety. It was an extra special treat that I, on my first time viewing it all the way through, got to see it at a screening at BAM. Directed by Stuart Rosenberg, this was an adapted screenplay from a 1965 novel by a former Floridian inmate, Donn Pearce. Essentially, it’s a story of this guy, Luke (played by the super, super hot-at-the-time Paul Newman), who gets thrown in jail for chopping off the tops of parking meters while intoxicated. Though the Christ-y-ness/martyr bullshit is super heavy-handed and unnecessary, I thought it was a really great film and story overall.

coolhandluke1The strongest part of the movie is Newman himself. I can’t think of another actor from that time period who could pull off the subtlety and likability that this character requires. Not even archetypical anti-hero standby Hollywood leading men like Steve McQueen or Warren Beatty could’ve pulled it off. McQueen wouldn’t have been likable or handsome enough, and Beatty would’ve been too handsome and totally unbelievable in the role. Paul Newman has an incredibly varied sex appeal that I’ve really never noticed before until now. He’s at once tough, manly, emotive, cute, smart-alleck-y, smoldering, intelligent and subtle….even with those gorgeous, gorgeous eyes that one would have to be blind to miss. Dude, even Hunter declared him to be a “babe” as we were walking back to the train after the movie!
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Deceptacon

Posted By: Coco Buchanan

I met Kathleen Hanna last night at a Gender Studies panel at the New School!  AHHHHHHH!!!!!!  If I told my college self about this, I think my head would have exploded.  We actually had a conversation about music and writing.  She signed my Yes Means Yes book!  She was incredibly nice, approachable, and inspiring.

I have way more to say abotu this, but, for now, here’s Jem and Deceptacon!

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