Here it is, folks, the first episode of the Twenty Seventy podcast! This one’s an introductory effort - stay tuned for upcoming interviews covering ’70s fashion and fit, and the Australian ’70s accent.
Alec Baldwin has, like Shia LeBoeuf before him, decided to withdraw from public life. In admittedly ironic manner, he announced this by speaking to New York magazine. The piece has been reproduced online over at Vulture. I encourage you to read it.
In his piece, Baldwin makes a lot of sensible points with characteristic bombast. But the bombast is kind of the idea – he’s a larger than life character. His problem is that the current model of celebrity doesn’t allow for larger than life characters. And it certainly doesn’t leave any room for flawed characters or people who make mistakes.
I’m disinterested in the things that Baldwin has done (or reportedly done) that have brought him to this decision. I’m interested in the broader idea of celebrity and what it says about us. What does it say about our needs?
When we look back at earlier civilisations, we tend to pat ourselves on the back for how much we have distanced ourselves from their savagery. Roman circuses. Aztec sacrifice. The Reign of Terror. Hundred of years from now, the people who look back at us will pay careful attention to the way we choose certain people seemingly at random, build them up as gods, and then capriciously destroy them.
“Too many young girls don’t know how to act when someone’s being inappropriate with them. They giggle or they try to brush it off. Don’t do that. Tell them to go fuck themselves - be a bitch. If someone’s being disrespectful to you, be disrespectful right back. Show them the same amount of respect that they show you.”—
My parents taught me to trust my instincts and that I didn’t have to be polite to strangers if I didn’t feel like it. To this day, if a random makes a comment to me on the street, I am 100% comfortable pretending I didn’t hear them and just sailing on by. Thanks, mom and dad, for teaching me that I didn’t have to be “nice”.
(And this translated pretty well into my personal life, too.)
One of the iconic aspects features of Melbourne, especially the central city, is a strange traffic manoeuvre called the Hook Turn. In order not to delay trams when you’re making a turn at an intersection, you do something weird. To turn right, you must pull over to the left, wait for all traffic to pass, the make your right hand turn.
It’s strange, but once you get the hang of it, you can probably consider yourself a local.
So when we decided we wanted to create a home for quality podcasts and interesting new publishing ideas (all developed in Melbourne), naturally, we named it Hookturn.
Josh Kinal also features on another of our podcasts, Devil’s Avocado. This great program takes the big issues of the day and asks experts to help uncover the details you’re not getting in the breathless reports of the modern news cycle. The first three episodes have discussed Asylum Seekers, Drugs, and Melbourne’s culture of ‘Bad Business’. Co-hosting this great show is the wonderful Glenn Peters.
We’ve got other things in the pipeline too, including a podcast companion to Twenty Seventy –– Clem Bastow’s year-long project to live life like it’s the 1970s. Keep an eye on the Hookturn website and see what comes along throughout the year.
Years ago I would spend weekends surrounded by friends from n Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. We would joken and laugh. Debate and argue. We would see the sun lighten the horizon before we made our way to bed.
We’d wake and make truck stop breakfasts and laze our way through Saturday. We would talk books and music. Pop culture and nerd movies.
We’ve grown older now and live hundreds of miles apart. In some cases we are on different continents.
In recent years the closest I’ve come to that feeling is CHSH.
I need one of those weekends soon.
I think I imported that here. Occasionally Ross and I have gatherings that sort of sprawl across the whole weekend, friends drifting in and out. It’s very nice.
Officials Friday said that for the first time ever, the State Water Project that helps supply a majority of Californians may be unable to make any deliveries except to maintain public health and safety.
I told you this 20 years ago, you stupid motherfuckers, but did you listen? Fuck no, you wanted Costco and condos. Stupid, stupid motherfuckers.
“You’re in a relationship and you know it’s not right and you just think, “It’s too late, we’ve been together too long. Oh, we’re living together; how would I get another apartment? Oh, we got engaged; how could I break it off? Oh, the invitations have been mailed.” And the fact is, there comes a day when you gotta go. And you go and you look back and you think, “It would’ve been so much kinder if I had gone when I knew I was supposed to go instead of lying to myself and thinking it might work out and staying too long.””—Author Ann Patchett speaks about her first marriage (and divorce) on Fresh Air (via nprfreshair)
And that’s how I ended up married a decade ago (and divorced a few years later).