Friday Frustration

Posted by @ 1:57 pm on October 16th, 2009

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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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