I'd like to go ahead and toss out into the void an excuse for not posting anything new to this site in the past five days. Last week was one of many travels, first to Santa Cruz for a two-day work retreat and then to San Francisco for a dinner with a friend from Washington D.C. and then to Chicago for a party with the people who accompanied me through the bulk of my twenties and finally home to Muskegon, Michigan for Thanksgiving at my parents' house, which is where I'm typing this from.
Below is an excerpt from a recent T Magazine interview with two of actor slash rapper Will Smith's kids, Jaden (16) and Willow (14). I found the whole interview to be an intriguing read for a number of reasons, but this part really stood out to me because, well, books. If you're at all interested, the full interview with the oh-so-young Smiths can be found here.
What are you searching for in those pieced-together moments?
Jaden: Honestly, we're just trying to make music that we think is cool. We don't think a lot of the music out there is that cool. So we make our own music. We don't have any song that we like to listen to on the P.C.H. by any other artist, you know?
Willow: That's what I do with novels. There're no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it's the best thing.
Jaden: Willow's been writing her own novels since she was 6.
I think maybe I'd like to send Willow Smith a reading list. I would be hard-pressed to believe that she wouldn't like one or more of the following novels at least as much as she likes her own.
- A Wrinkle in Time
- Bridge to Terabithia
- The Catcher in the Rye
- The Giver
- The Great Gatsby
- Harry Potter
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Where the Red Fern Grows
(Original Image: Nathaniel Wood)
I cashed in a serious stash of Reward Zone points a few months back in exchange for a lavish pair of noise-canceling headphones. Although the procurement probably wouldn't have happened if I wasn't sitting on a massive heap of Best Buy booty from the purchase of a dozen flatscreen TVs for work with my personal credit card, I will admit that the headphones are, in a word, dope, in large part because they perform very well the oftentimes essential function of shutting up the world.
In the months since the Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones entered my life I have spent an inordinate amount of hours lying in bed with my eyes on the ceiling and my ears tuned to various Pandora, Spotify and Vevo stations whilst feeling feelings. As of this moment my favorite song to feel to with the headphones shutting up the world is this Kings of Leon cover of Robyn's "Dancing on My Own" from Lallapalooza 2014, which also happens to be, in a word, dope.
Films that I would like Aaron Sorkin to rewrite include but are not limited to:
- Bring It On
- Dan in Real Life