So I guess everyone else on Game of Thrones died, and now the show is just CGI dragons flying over cool landscapes? And the tomato crop is off the chain because the soil is so rich with everyone’s blood? And the only tits are the bird kind of tits?
The last six times I’ve been hired by someone I have heard a variation on the following: “That’s the best résumé I’ve ever seen.” (obviously, here in Scotland it’s “C.V.” but you get the idea)
On each and every one of those application documents I have listed things like “buy a yacht” under…
I would also urge anyone sending resumes anywhere to consider the position, the size of the company, and the industry. I know the woman who hired me in my current position has a good sense of humor in her off-hours, but her professional atmosphere might not allow her to find certain things funny in that context. This is real advice from a business writer at a large corporation.
Tori Amos :: American Pie / Smells Like Teen Spirit, live in Berlin, April 9th, 1994
In the streets the children screamed, the lover’s cried, and the poets dreamed, but Not a word was spoken - the church bells all were broken And the three men I admire most: the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, they Caught the last train for the coast The day the music died
Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago today. His body wasn’t found until April 8th. On April 9th, Tori opened her show in Berlin with this beautiful rendition of American Pie going into Smells Like Teen Spirit, the first time she ever played the songs like this, and she went on singing the combination in tribute on most nights for the rest of the tour.
I didn’t properly appreciate or understand Nirvana at the time. In my defense, I was ten and I wasn’t THAT precocious. But looking back, I realize what a monumental thing that they did. I recognize now that Kurt Cobain was really just in the wrong reality. This pop culture reality can’t sustain someone like him. Maybe - maybe - now, with independent music being easier to attain, it would have worked, but I doubt it. People wanted to hear what he had, and through a deadly combination of personal alchemy and human nature, I think he still would be destroyed.
And then there’s this, Tori Amos’ rendition of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Tori has a great way of covering men’s songs, and since Kurt Cobain had a singular brand of masculinity, this is a perfect filtration system. I never truly appreciated this song until I heard her version of it, and it unlocked this understanding of Nirvana I never had before. There’s a line in Six Feet Under, when Claire walks into Mate’s room and he’s crying over Kurt Cobain. And Nate says something to the effect of, “This is a terrible day. Kurt Cobain died. He was too good for this world.” It’s trite, and just something a lovable and sincere douchebag like Nate would say, but it rings strangely true.