“What Anderson and his fellow screenwriter Roman Coppola have created doesn’t just glorify innocence and tweeness, it presents these sensibilities as the solution to the shittiness of the world. They are the ideals, the real ins to enjoying life. Sam and Suzy idle away the hours, looking at deer, loving the world in an amber-hued utopia. You can roll your eyes and critique Wes Anderson for being so fucking Wes Anderson here, but only the hardest of hearts won’t find something to admire in this depiction and its execution.”—Rich Juzwiak | Innocence in Amber: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom
For Memorial Day I made this anti-war Spotify playlist. Some songs are more explicitly anti-war than others, but you get the gist.
I was going to write some smug, long-winded, self-important essay about how war is very little but the most vulnerable paying for the failures of the elite, but I think we all get it. If everyone took a second to reflect on how pointless and preventable all these deaths have been, maybe the cycle of violence would actually end.
My neighbors are having a Memorial Day party and playing the Drive soundtrack really loudly and I'm about to start playing "Wonder" by Natalie Merchant at the highest possible volume because I usually play "Wonder" by Natalie Merchant when my neighbors are being loud and I hope they know it's an act of aggression and not a sign of Natalie Merchant fandom.