October 1, 2014

origin of funk

Robert Farris Thompson, America’s most prominent historian of African art, says that funky is derived from the Ki-Kongo lu-fuki, meaning “positive sweat” of the sort you get from dancing or having sex, but not working. One’s mojo, which has to be “working” to attract a lover, is Ki-Kongo for “soul.”Boogie comes from mbugi, meaning “devilishly good.” And both jazz and jism likely derive fromdinza, the Ki-Kongo word for “to ejaculate.”


Everything that you call art is art, even if it is shit.

The opposite of beauty isn’t ugly, it’s sublime.

Art momentarily bridges those poles.

Art is without commerce.

People who think that art isn’t arbitrary aren’t artists.

Something called artless is a great insult.


I’ve Shazam’d The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her three times in the last two weeks.

Mafalda always seemed so mean.

Mafalda always seemed so mean.

(Source: blackaller)

Metal-ist Headline

Metal-ist Headline

September 30, 2014

Hi Josh,

As I had promised, this is the word I had mangled. If you go to Wikipedia, you will quite a few examples. In fact some of the “samples” have become classics.

paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or re-interpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.

In 1967, this thinly veiled song about casually smuggling drugs got national airplay.

September 29, 2014

The Baileys of Balboa aired against Gilligan’s Island for a season. In a bizarro world Gilligan’s Island is a flop, and The Baileys of Balboa becomes Clint Howard’s vehicle for worldwide superstardom.


Y’allz remember that Kyrgyz hipster with the bazooka?

Y’allz remember that Kyrgyz hipster with the bazooka?

September 28, 2014