HOBART is here to tell you, yes. Yes, it WAS still enjoyable the seventh time. In fact, if we were going “gorillas” on the first go-through, we were going King Kong style, gorillas x like 99 by the end.
And you thought Jay-Z and Kanye West were crazy when they performed Watch The Throne single “Ni**as in Paris” six times last week in Boston? Well, they have outdone themselves. And, really, I’m not sure why. Is it really still that enjoyable the seventh time? Hell, is it even still fun the third time? Cripes. Anyway, the Throne apparently performed the track seven, SEVEN times during their recent performance in Detroit. (via Jay-Z & Kanye Do ‘Niggas In Paris’ Seven Times In Detroit (Video) | Prefix)
Muldoon has a line in “Sleeve Notes” where he’s talking about Leonard Cohen and he says, “his songs have meant far more to me / than most of the so-called ‘poems’ I’ve read.” Most of us have given up the idea that popular music is not an art form. There’s a way that popular music does what poetry used to do: it brings people together in a common conversation, and there’s a definite sense in which poetry over the past fifty years has become less and less of a popular art form and more a cloistered pursuit. I make the obvious distinction between Wordsworth and Jay-Z, but I don’t make a distinction in the impact they’ve had on my life. Each of them has provided me with what Kenneth Burke calls “equipment for living.Paris Review – Michael Robbins on ‘Alien vs. Predator’, Emily Witt