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STUFF & NONSENSE #1190

I struggled with some demons
 

 
they were middle class and tame…
 

 

– > Leonard Cohen | You Want It Darker

 

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Brutalishht Schnippets

You conclude the book by saying that a city that is not melancholic is the best we can hope for. You talk about people fighting back – the Focus E15 Mums, in East London, campaigning for council housing – and say we should celebrate the fact that they’ve not kept calm and carried on. You quote that great slogan – ‘these people need homes, these homes need people’.

And you don’t have to write a dissertation on Brutalism to do it. Like, this exists, we need it, it works, we’re going to take it. Fantastic. How incredibly simple that is. And if that’s going to be the basic of an actual politics, that’s it.

So we don’t end up fetishising buildings for their beautiful angles.

Which are there, but they’re secondary. It was really telling that the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark became a cause celebre, because it was a nadir architecturally. But people were squatting it and trying to save it, saying, we want it to be social housing, leave it alone. Rather than appealing to it on the basis of architecture, it was on the basis of it being useful.

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Stuff & Nonsense #1183

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Stuff & Nonsense #1176

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Another Festival Schnippet

The social apocalypse plunges deeper: talking at gigs has now infected the Fringe

Worse than heckling, which can be tackled head-on and nipped in the bud by your confident comics, is a quieter but no less annoying habit which is more difficult for the artist to address or, at times, even notice: the fucking act of fucking chatting during the fucking performance. As The Quietus and others have reported over the last couple of years, talking at gigs seems to be on the rise because of selfie culture or bad parenting or the creeping empathy-extinguishing epidemic of right-wing attitudes or the fact that the yoof fink it dope to play their toons thru their tiny, tinny phone speakers at full volume on trains while munching a Subway sandwich more obscene in odour than the Quiet Coach toilet cubicle that their mate just threw up in or the death of libraries or whatever the hell is causing it.

JR Moores

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A Festival Schnippet

… scolding certain sections of the audience for not laughing as immediately or as hard as other sections of the audience has become as predictable a part of Lee’s sets as Roy Chubby Brown’s racism or Peter Kay’s references to things off of the recent past. It was funny the first time, and sometimes still is when Lee does it, though I do feel he needs to drop this compulsion now and push in newer, alternative directions…. Lesser comics … now seem to be incorporating this crowd-bashing stuff into their own sets, often making the mistake of damning not just part of the audience for being too slow on the uptake (as Lee does) but their whole damn audience, thus losing the room entirely instead of cheekily dividing it. Here comes the BAFTA nominated telly jester, bemoaning the slothfulness of the “Wednesday night crowd”. There goes the lesser-known comedian’s comedian, who thinks this alehouse loftspace’s punters didn’t understand his sophisticated satirical analogy (we did understand it, it just wasn’t amusing enough to make us laugh heartily). Sometimes it is not the audience’s fault. Sometimes it is your weak material or faulty performance of it. Sometimes you need to up your game.

JR Moores

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