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Aug 15 thelyamhound commented on Christian Singer Comes Out of the Closet, Christians Immediately React in Un-Christian Ways.
The problem with blaming the Jews is that vast swaths of them seem to have tipped into a benign, essentially atheistic view that holds religion up as a communitarian construct within which to practice ethical reasoning. It's hard not to get behind that.
Aug 15 thelyamhound commented on Feeling Nothing About the Death of Robin Williams?.
@52 - I think the way his career went was a little sad in itself, though it's hard to begrudge any performer paying work. He still had brilliant little pieces like Insomnia or World's Greatest Dad pop up now and again to keep things interesting. But I never doubted the extent of his talent, and never denied that some works were just stone masterpieces.

As for "creepy," "smarmy," or "too much feeling, not quite channeled," well, that was what made him interesting. I'm not interested in the actor who can give me every man; I'm interested in the actor who can show me not-every-man.
Aug 15 thelyamhound commented on Feeling Nothing About the Death of Robin Williams?.
@33 - As a professional writer and performer who suffers from depression, and given that Brady was 74, Williams's death just resonated more with me. There's no reason to be a shitbag about it. Unless, of course, it soothes whatever mental illness you suffer from, in which case, knock yourself out.
Aug 14 thelyamhound commented on Who Can Afford to Rent a Place in San Francisco?.
@42 - Public transportation to Delridge currently sucks balls. Transit to and from Rainier Valley is better, though it doesn't do much good if one's work is split between Northgate, Ballard, and Capitol Hill.

All of which may, I grant you, say more about our transit situation than our rent situation here in Seattle, but there it is.
Aug 8 thelyamhound commented on Who Can Afford to Rent a Place in San Francisco?.
@20 - I don't think that was meant literally. What trains do--if they, you know, go from where people can afford to live to where art, language, cuisine, and, well, civilization happen quickly enough, frequently enough, and at even the most obscure hours--is make it possible to live with low rent and access the benefits of the city.

It's not the whole answer, but it is part of an answer. I would love to see lower rents in Ballard, but at this point, I'd settle for easy transit from Columbia City to Capitol Hill (which is coming, though it still doesn't run after the bars close, which means I'm screwed if, say, I'm catching live music or performing in late-night theater) or Ballard (not in the works, near as I can tell).
Aug 8 thelyamhound commented on Rand Paul Had a Terrible Week, and That's Good News.
@5 - Many libertarians (or certain kinds of conservatives) argue that the state shouldn't recognize marriage at all. Which isn't an entirely untenable position; it's not one I agree with, but it's intellectually consistent, at least.

The trouble, of course, is that non-recognition of marriage is never, ever on the ballot, so the point is moot. Civilization everywhere has state-recognized marriage, and so long as it is offered to one group of consenting adults and not another, we have a condition of sanctioned inequality.
Jul 31 thelyamhound commented on Guest Editorial: The Rent Is Too Damn High, Let's Get It Under Control.
@89 & @128 (yes, I see that you're different people; just responding to a common notion ) -

Of course one doesn't necessarily have the right to live wherever one wants. But it seems that one should be able to live within relatively easy vicinity of where one works; that is, whether the burden falls on employers, landlords, developers, transit authorities, and/or any institutions providing health care, housing, or other amenities, one should be able to live within travelable distance, or within distance enabled by reliable, efficient, frequent transit, of where one works.

Should we subsidize anyone living in Beverly Hills who wants to? Not at all. But one should be able to get to and from Beverly Hills in good order and at convenient times if one works in Beverly Hills.

I take the point that rent control doesn't necessarily lead to the availability of affordable apartments. Glad we can agree on that much! So now let's stop with the victim blaming, and all this pointless animosity towards people who want to be able to live where their lives happen, and talk about how we can get people living and working in, if not the same neighborhood, at least reasonably adjacent neighborhoods, or about building an actual transit system that, you know, goes places at hours that we'd actually want to keep people out of their cars.
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Jul 31 thelyamhound commented on Guest Editorial: The Rent Is Too Damn High, Let's Get It Under Control.
@127 - I'm not inclined to blame "the rich" for anything; my only thinking with regards to the rich is that we don't really need to worry much about them because they have the one, the only, advantage that really matters in our particular economic system--an all-situation express pass to everywhere and everything.

That said, we're not talking about them; not sure why you brought them up.
And as for art, you are getting "bohemian" confused with "hipsters."
I think both terms are equally useless, since "[B/b]ohemian" was originally an ethnic term. That said, sure, I'll distinguish between a bohemian and a hipster by your terms, in the sense that a hipster could be called a trust-fund bohemian. But you actually made the error yourself in suggesting in another thread that you don't care about art in the "hipster" sense; seems to me that anyone who doesn't agree with you, is a liberal, and gives a fuck about art, language, or culture is a "hipster," until, of course, you feel like qualifying that by adding, "You know, if they're living off of inherited wealth or parental generosity."

I've never taken unemployment; my parents have helped my wife and I out here and there when the coffers ran low due to my wife's medical problems, but we have always worked full time, and now we run our own businesses in addition to writing and performing. By your definitions, we're too self-sufficient to be hipsters (as well as too bourgeois to be bohemians, all while still being to broke to be comfortably middle-class). It doesn't stop me from being called "hipster" by the likes of you every time I speak up in favor of people being paid enough to rent somewhere near where they work, or in favor of cultural support for the arts.

And for some forms, attraction of a following simply isn't enough. There isn't a work of theater in the world--not one--that has been made without subsidy. The cost of putting on a theatrical performance for even one night cannot be made up by one night's ticket sales without drastically inflating cost to the audience. I agree that art that cannot find an audience has no special right to subsidy, but what of the art that does find an audience, but is not sustainable via audience alone because it has been subsidized since pretty much the beginning of time?

And you don't need to be either to make art.
Never said you did. But most new art movements have come from "bohemian" circles, whether we're talking about hip-hop (pre-gentrification Brooklyn and Harlem are part of exactly what I'm talking about--postpunk outfit ESG came out of that scene, after all, as did Gray, with whom Basquiat played at one point; Two-Tone Records, which spearheaded the '80s ska revival in the U.K., was formed in working-class Coventry in the '70s).

You draw a hard line between working stiffs who put in a full 40 hours and then make their art, bohemians who live like squatters to work on their art, and kids living on their parents' dime doing whatever they want. But most artistic communities contain, and require, all of the above; if nothing else, hipsters are more reliable buyers than the first two, who are taking greater pains to make ends meet.
Are you really going to argue that that hipster avant-douche "new arts" is even one one hundredth thousandth as important as hip-hop as become?
I love hip-hop. I also love industrial music, which was largely born out of art-schools and the post-psychedelic arts scene. Oh, and Romantic poetry and classical theater, which are largely public domain works by long dead people.

See, I don't see segments of society as being fundamentally at war, or any portion of our populace being intrinsically disposable. I'm sure there's even a place for paranoid bigots like you. But I'm gonna call an asshole an asshole, if I catch him in the act of being one. Consider yourself marked.
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Jul 30 thelyamhound commented on Guest Editorial: The Rent Is Too Damn High, Let's Get It Under Control.
@88 - "Hipsters" had long ere now run its course as a term of derision. It essentially encapsulates the social prejudices of the speaker in a nice sound-bite; it allows those anxious about gender to make fun of the androgynous, fogeys to mock those damn kids. Throughout the first world, destination cities are cities with artists and institutions that foster, produce, and encourage new arts.

How the invariably broke population that actually produces good art fits into the gentrification cycle is indeed complex; I don't know if rent control is a useful answer. Rooting your argument in contempt does you no favors.
Jul 24 thelyamhound commented on Referendum on the $15 Minimum Wage Will Not Go to the Ballot This Year.
My point in all of this was to present another example in which we do not need a centralized authoritarian structure to have huge benefits to the working poor.
Is single-payer healthcare not a centralized authoritarian structure? And does it not, by and large, produce better results at lesser cost?

I say that to the degree that needs vary, those needs should be addressed. The expression of that sentiment is, of course, something of an international socialist motto. :)
 
 

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