October 16th, 2009 / 1:57 pm
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Friday Frustration

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A while back, Blake Butler posted a brief snippet that said something like, “It’s not okay to like everything,” and I’ve been thinking that statement through since. A series of random events over the past few weeks has me thinking the corollary is also true. It is not okay to hate everything, either. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like everything. I’m not an optimist or a perky individual. I have a bitch streak a mile long. It just seems some people are never happy or satisfied with anything—and those people are completely unwilling or unable to appreciate things that do not fit into the constraints of what they like or think is good [writing, art, design, living, whatever] or have become accustomed to. I’m really burnt out on relentless cynicism and negativity and snarky judgment. When someone either loves or hates everything, I find it hard to take them seriously or give their opinions much credence. Isn’t criticism more effective when used judiciously?

Just to show you I don’t hate everything, here are some things I’m enjoying this week:

Halfway by Mel Bosworth

Portrait of Myself as a Piece of Red Candy in Your Mouth by Mary Biddinger

May This Strap Restrain You, Anne Valente

The Girlfriend Who Got Me Into Mazzy Star, Adrian Slatcher

Diary, Tree Riesener

Helping Hands, David Peak

AM/PM, Amelia Gray

The Balloon Boy

American Salvage, Bonnie Jo Campbell

The Ice Cream and Cake Dance commercial

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64 Comments

  1. michael james

      i’m on zoloft right now. i find its not that i dont think about stuff i dont, because i do, but the deep well of emotions i usually feel in regards to that, the depression, that very negative feelings…. they aren’t there. well they’re there, but buried deeper because of this… pill.

      it confuses me. but i feel lighter. not a ‘high’ but a lightness of carrying around all this stuff for so long and to be lifted from it, however momentary, however fabricated it may be… is a blessing of sorts.

  2. michael james

      i’m on zoloft right now. i find its not that i dont think about stuff i dont, because i do, but the deep well of emotions i usually feel in regards to that, the depression, that very negative feelings…. they aren’t there. well they’re there, but buried deeper because of this… pill.

      it confuses me. but i feel lighter. not a ‘high’ but a lightness of carrying around all this stuff for so long and to be lifted from it, however momentary, however fabricated it may be… is a blessing of sorts.

  3. Andre

      For some reason all of the unanswered comments in this thread made me really sad, you know? I think the internet fosters cynicism because you can never really tell what the people on the other end are thinking. Like, you might like something someone says, but you don’t want to comment fifty times on every post telling each person what your opinions are, because that would be crazy and you’d also seem like an egomaniac. And some posts you might like but it’s hard to think of a response to them. But whoever posted or whatever is just “Hey, can anyone hear me out there?? AM I ALIVE???” Damn!

  4. Andre

      For some reason all of the unanswered comments in this thread made me really sad, you know? I think the internet fosters cynicism because you can never really tell what the people on the other end are thinking. Like, you might like something someone says, but you don’t want to comment fifty times on every post telling each person what your opinions are, because that would be crazy and you’d also seem like an egomaniac. And some posts you might like but it’s hard to think of a response to them. But whoever posted or whatever is just “Hey, can anyone hear me out there?? AM I ALIVE???” Damn!

  5. Roxane

      This is so very true. You are alive. And heard.

  6. Roxane

      Indeed, they do. Known fact.

  7. Roxane

      This is so very true. You are alive. And heard.

  8. Roxane

      Indeed, they do. Known fact.

  9. Roxane

      Absolutely. I’d much rather spend my time with things that are awesome.

  10. Roxane

      Absolutely. I’d much rather spend my time with things that are awesome.

  11. Sean

      Why not like some shit and not like other shit?

  12. Sean

      Why not like some shit and not like other shit?

  13. Adrian Slatcher

      Pleased you liked and mentioned my little story on Everyday-genius.com – thanks.

  14. Adrian Slatcher

      Pleased you liked and mentioned my little story on Everyday-genius.com – thanks.