“As we live by the Muses, ‘tis but gratitude in us to encourage poetical merit wherever we find it. The Muses, contrary to all other ladies, pay no distinction to dress, and never partially mistake the pertness of embroidery for wit, nor the modest of want for dullness.”—John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera, Introduction.
“Mistaking the prominent novelty for the all-important totality, [they] seem to have ratiocinated much in the following manner: "Poetical genius is the finest of all things, and we feel that we have more of it than any one ever had. The way to bring it to perfection is to cultivate poetical impressions exclusively. Poetical impressions can be received only among natural scenes: for all that is artificial is anti-poetical. Society is artificial, therefore we will live out of society. The mountains are natural, therefore we will live in the mountains. There we shall be shining models of purity and virtue, passing the whole day in the innocent and amiable occupation of going up and down hills, receiving poetical impressions, and communicating them in immortal verse to admiring generations." To some such perversion of intellect we owe that egregious confraternity of rhymesters, known by the name of the Lake Poets;”—
Thomas Love Peacock The Four Ages of Poetry
TLP sez: Abandon poetry and do something useful with your lives!
The Close-minded Post-Structuturalist: Music Edition
"Firstly both rhythm and tone are obviously capitalist constructs. Secondly if you haven’t discovered and then rejected the magic of the pentatonic scale already you don’t even belong in this conversation."
“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions — the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimal of pleasurable and genial feeling.”—
If you enjoyed the Dragnet launch party, come to this month's Funky Flavours on Friday, March 25!
The Meteoric Rise of Funky Flavours, College Street’s Best Funk Night, or, The Story of a Plucky Young Couple on a Mission to Spread the Funk.
"You know what your problem is? You ain’t got the funk. You’re all rigid. You’re like a breadstick." Or so says Old Gregg, the transgendered Rick James lookalike played by Noel Fielding in the cult British TV show The Mighty Boosh. His cure? “I’ve got the funk. Right here. It’s in this box.”
Dragnet's friends Andy and Jen Hunter have their own box of funk, which they open up once a month, making the rigid breadsticks of Toronto shake and wobble like funky jellyfish. The couple started Funky Flavours, a nomadic dance night featuring “a bouillabaisse of funk stock, with a smattering of soul and a melange of motown, sprinkled with afrobeat and jazz,” about a year ago.
The event began with just the Hunters (known behind the decks as The Brass Moustache and Jenny Treehorn) and their friends showing up at Sutra Tiki Bar, where they’d all “hang out, play a load of funk, and drink things out of coconut shells,” Andy says.
Dragnet first experienced Funky Flavours when the Night of the Hunter(s) moved to the now-defunct Korova Milkbar late last year. The two were overjoyed when strangers wandered in off the street, then got off their asses and jammed with all of the Hunters’ friends (“Shit! Goddamn,” Jen was heard to say). Every song made the crowd go off like a bomb, nobody was skeezily creeping on anyone else, and everybody was just unselfconsciously getting loose. It was like being part of a huge funky family.
"We knew right then that we were getting something right, and that we would struggle to fit into a lot of the smaller bars along the College strip if this kept growing," Andy says.
That brings us to March. Andy and Jen had decided to try for a huge event, but they wanted to stay on College. El Mocambo offered a perfect solution.
"After meeting with the guys there, and learning a bit more about how they operate (profits go directly to charity, and they run a soup kitchen in their basement), it was pretty clear that we’d found our next home," Andy says.
The March Funky Flavours will take place on Friday, March 25. The event has a license until 4 am, and it’s only $5 ($3 if you bring a can of food) after 11 pm. Entry is free before that. You can learn more about Funky Flavours and listen to some of Andy and Jen’s current favourite jams at their website.
P.S. Two members of Dragnet will be there for sure, and a third might be there too!
An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn’t a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative.”
A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”