I know very little about these bands, so I assume that Manatee Commune is just this one guy doing some pretty electronic music (with some live flourishes on top–but not looped apparently).
When there’s a cheesy black curtain, you know that it is either hiding something or covering something up.
Manatee Commune’s setting looks like he’s trying to hide something. He plays it up by having furniture in front of the curtain which is slowly removed. And then we learn what he is hiding—it’s a pretty magnificent reveal
The song is pretty cool too. It’s electronic (I’m not sure how it’s all playing–I don’t know much about electronic equipment these days). But the drums sure seem live when he bangs on them. (And I enjoyed the way he discards the sticks when he is done). The live violin at the end is also a nice touch.
The song is interesting, although it’s not my favorite. This is one where the video really sells the song.
[READ: January 3, 2015] Texts from Jane Eyre
Sarah brought this book home from the library. When I first heard about it a while back I thought it was a re imagining of Jane Eyre as text messages. And I thought that was a really lame idea (and honestly isn’t the Jane Eyre trend over yet?).
That’s not quite what this book is though (note the subtitle).
Rather, it is a collection of imagined text messages between two (or more) characters from famous classics (and some non classics) of literature. Knowing the originals helps tremendously, although sometimes even just knowing what the originals are about will do enough to make the jokes funny.
But the thing I found was that even though I fancy myself a well-read person who has read many of the stories, I didn’t always “get” what the joke was about. I mean, I could tell obviously from the conversation what they were talking about, but I couldn’t always connect it to the story. So basically this book made me feel really dumb.
Ortberg covers pretty much everything in the canon. Part I covers from the Ancient Greeks and Romans (Medea, Gilgamesh, Achilles) through Shakespeare (King Lear, Hamlet) and even some classical philosophy (Descartes). Part II gets to Jane Eyre as well as Oliver Twist, Emma, Moby Dick and even Gone with the Wind.
Part III spends a lot of time on The Yellow Wallpaper, a story I didn’t know (shame on me) although I certainly got the summary of the book from what she did, as well as Wuthering Heights, Daisy Miller, The Great Gatsby and even Peter Pan (I didn’t really get what she was doing with Peter Pan).
Part IV is more contemporary with Sweet Valley High, The American Girl Series and even Atlas Shrugged. I haven’t read any of the Sweet Valley series, for instance, so that was kind of lost on me.
I found a few of these absolutely laugh out loud funny. Some others I found amusing and then still others I found simply puzzling. And I have to wonder, if this book lost me, and I consider myself well read, just who is target market for this book?
By the end of the book I just wanted to finish it.
This seems like the kind of thing that was born online and was probably fun in that format but somehow I feel it loses its impact in a book form–or I’m just bitter because it made me feel dumb.