Mix Monday: 10/21...Halloween & Bullshit edition.
Edit: My journal 'Derple' ended today. Exactly eight months after I started writing in it. R.I.P... I have my own picks for great songs that make my skin all wibbly and stuff, but I'm saving it for next week. This week's MM is another by the lovely Roger Wilkerson. Every time I want to make a themed mix, he always beats me to it, and does a much better job than I could ever dream of doing. If you're not following him, you're totally missing out!
Click the image to listen, tracklist is there as well ♥
Another thing I want to talk about is a Stephen Fry quote that's been grinding my gears the last few days. I know I don't usually use this blog to sound off about my life's minor grievances, but today I feel the desire to.
“We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing - an actor, a writer - I am a person who does things - I write, I act - and I never know what I'm going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.” - Stephen Fry
I was thinking about this quote a lot this last week. It occurred to me that as much as I love Stephen Fry, this quote to me reeks of idiocy. I can see how it would be helpful for people who seem to be 'stuck' to think of themselves as in motion, but grammatically, and literally, they are nouns in motion. They are nouns verbing. With that said, my issue with this quote stretches beyond grammar. (THOUGH LET'S BE REAL, HE ESSENTIALLY SAYS HE IS A NOUN DOING VERBS IN THE QUOTE, AND THEN TELLS PEOPLE THEY SHOULDN'T BE NOUNS. FRRAAAAACCCK.)
If a person so sees that compartmentalization is helpful to them, why not compartmentalize? I realized the other day that I enjoyed calling myself an artist. Not because I make a lot of art all the time, but because it's a term that I feel like encompasses all the things I do. (Both for income and for pleasure.) Most of my life involves artistic pursuit of some sort.
I also would refer to myself as a documenter. I like to document. Whether taking pictures, writing things down, painting/silkscreening, etc. making a catalogue of my experience as a human being is something that brings my general body area a positive feeling.
The thing I think he's missing here is that sure, maybe referring to yourself as only one noun is a limiting experience. I however, think that a person can be a list of nouns. (However you feel like 'seeing' a list, it doesn't particularly have to be all bullet-pointy and left brained.) You can be a collection of nouns. Be whatever the fuck you want. It's the 21st century! AIN'T NOBODY HAVE THE RIGHT TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING WITH YOUR RAD SELF.
Excuse me while I step off my soapbox.
Happy Monday, happy listening, and happy nouning y'all~!
I realize that "nouning" is turning noun into a verb, which...I'm sorry it's late here.