Best of Blogs Round-Up: February 18-19, 2006
EDITED BY PIERRE TRISTAM/Candide's Notebooks
Non-disclaimer: We're liberal to the core, but we include in this daily blog review the political, the social, the cultural and the undefinable from the left, the right, the in-between from all over the globe. And we're suckers for good writing regardless of ideology. Clicking the link will take you to the original post.
Featured Blog I: That's a Rap
Thug Music's Fetish
Robert Lashley /January 22, 2006
In "The Male Prison", his review of Andre Gide's notebooks that appears in his brilliant collection of essays titled "Nobody Knows My Name", James Baldwin said that " To deny another person's humanity is to deny one's own." Specifically, he was talking about the French Nobel laureate suppressed love for a woman named Madeline, of which Gide hid beneath a veil of extreme contempt. Baldwin's broader point, however, was about sexism: that when men do not give love to women, and i'm talking abouta a broader more plural, more encompassing love than the pleasures of the flesh, they do a brutal amount of damage to the women they are with, as well as themselves.I am reminded of this quote every time I turn on the radio and hear crunk, bounce or any other kind of thug music over the past couple of years. For the imagery in their lyrics has been brutally inhumane, even for rap. Where do you want to start? Lil Jon's obsession with sexual dehumanization ( all you b*tches crawl, skeet, skeet, skeet) 50 cent's vicious lyrics combined with an antebellum image of a black woman in chains? Read the rest at the Literary Thug...
Featured Blogger II: All Fall Down
"I Knew This Day Would Come"
FLEA, One Good Thing /February 13, 2006
[When world affairs can't hold a candle to the geopolitical strategies and setbacks of parenting: One of the best-written blogs out there explores the balance of power that matters most, to most of us anyway.]