Friday, April 07, 2006

TAN = Literary Alcohol

Still shuffling a little, and found this draft I never posted. Now I post it.

Had a great essay in the Times forwarded to me by The Brazilian Muse. Reflecting on the "literary sobriety" that is so common with black authors.
"My journey to black literary insobriety isn't so different from how I came to appreciate free jazz after growing up in a house that contained two records, the soundtrack to 'Enter the Dragon' and 'Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan.' It turns out that I enjoy never fully understanding what's in front of me, and I masochistically relish being offended while thinking about why I feel offended and if I should feel offended. I also live in Manhattan's East Village."
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Obviously this essay resonated with me considering my content on TAN, which, if nothing else, connotes a lack of sobriety. I too get bored with stiff, conservative writing, from anyone, of course, but even more so with negroes cause you feel they might be going out of their way so as not to offend. Why desire freedom, if you're not going to use it?

I wrote this before the Oscars, but it ties in well with the hubbub over "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" winning an Oscar for best song. Yeah, maybe its not the ideal "representative" face you want to see on a pedestal, but that's what freedom is all about.

Nothing like freedom talk on a Friday ....


  1. Dude, I'm there with you on this one. My family reads my blog sometimes and wonder why I don't talk about something important or intellectual. I get enough of being intellectual and being serious at work, my blog is for drinking stories, bitching about work and talking about other random stuff in general. Oh, and stealing your post ideas. The I Don't Give A Fuck Shirt.

  2. I guess I somewhat figured that in having a blog, it would be my vent to tackle the political issues i deem important. However, now I realize that it is my place to purge myself of crazy work stories. Maybe it is cuter and fluffier than my initial intention, but what's wrong with cute and fluffy? And now, you have given me an idea for tonight at work. Freedom Friday. This should prove interesting, if the TABC isn't there.

  3. Anonymous4/07/2006

    drink mofo

  4. Anonymous4/07/2006

    drunk mofo ...

    excuse me.

  5. Hi TAN, really enjoy your blog and any notes you make. who needs to be heavy all the time, we are heavy.

    I think a lot of people didn't get that "It's Hard Out There For A Pimp" has a lot of irony and humour to it. Here is a guy who is boss but he's liek married to several women. he's complaining his job is so hard, meanwhile the women are doing all the work. It has a certain side to it that is very funny that song.

    You give me things to think about. Have a great weekend!

  6. My glass is always full. Cheers to you...


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