|April 24, 2014 | Travels
“In transit. If two sweeter words exist in the English language, I have yet to hear them. Suspended between coming and going, neither here nor there. my mind slows, and, amid the duty-free shops and PA announcements, I achieve something approaching calm. I’ve often fantasized about living in Airport World. Not one airport, mind you, like the Tom Hanks character in that movie, but a series of airports. I would just keep flying around the world, in a state of suspended aviation. Always coming, never arriving.” - Eric Weiner, The Geography Of Bliss
I hate flying, and I hate airplanes ( I mean, who doesn’t ), but I love airports.
* “They said, ‘The world is our home.’ Believe me, if they had said that to me in a bar in Brooklyn three months ago, that statement would have been met with a hearty eye-roll. But while I was traveling, I said, without any cynicism: ‘That is fucking amazing.’” How to ditch your job and flee the country
* Saxophones don’t belong in rock n’ roll.
* “Although village discos weren’t part of any pagan ritual, they made me think of ancient times when villagers celebrated their pagan holidays in the forest.”
* Blowjobs? Illegal. Necrophilia? Legal! Louisiana.
* A very in-depth look at 1979′s Sony TPS-L2, the first Walkman ever made. Also, if you have young children, you will probably find this amusing/familiar.
* Manufacturing a Michael Jackson CD.
* How Matisse and Picasso turned old age into art.
* When “peak beard” frequency is reached, the pendulum swings back toward lesser-bristled chins – a trend we may be witnessing now, scientists say.
* Sailing around the world and getting by without cash.
* On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace (this piece is quite long, and pretty great, so give yourself time to read it)
* A list of people who disappeared mysteriously.
* Bain Capital bought and gutted Guitar Center, turning it into a financially complex, debt-riddled zombie that exists to float high-risk junk bonds to fill out the portfolios of the hyper-rich, without any connection to the real world of guitars, amplifiers and musicians.
* An article about Yugoslav “Spomeniki” monuments that actually explains who built them and why, instead of continually freaking-out about how alien and goofy they seem nowadays.
* Have you seen the Guitar Wolf movie?
* Now you can use Google Street View to walk around inside Angkor Wat.
* “He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part, live in the control room through an SM57. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”
* Another thing you can do is dress like a Japanese farmer.
* A little more on ruin porn.
* “I just ended (eight months ago) a seven year methamphetamine bender which was fucking great, and fucking fun, but I wanted to live and stay out of jail for me, my loved ones, my fans and my spirit. We all know that drug is hard as hell, but I loved it.” Wino!
* pastel-colored pictures of Singapore.
* “In the 1970s New York City was not a part of the United States at all. It was an offshore interzone with no shopping malls, few major chains, no golf courses, no subdivisions. We thought of the place as a free city, where exiles and lamsters and refugees found shelter. Downtown we were proud of this, naturally.”
Hey, wow : I just went to this place.