Life is too serous for me to go on writing. Life used to be easier, and often pleasant, and then writing was pleasant, though it also seemed serious. Now life is not easy, it has gotten very serious, and by comparison, writing seems a little silly. Writing is often not about real things, and then, when it is about real things, it is often at the same time taking the place of some real things. Writing is too often about people who can’t manage.
Lydia Davis, “Writing”
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Bounce queen Big Freedia's long-time DJ Rusty Lazer on the rise of twerking in Puja Patel's "Bouncing Back", a piece about bounce culture and the first all-female brass band to win New Orleans’ Street Kings competition. (via pitchfork)
When I was down in New Orleans last month I visited the Street Kings brass band competition in Treme and talked to the Original Pinettes (NoLA’s first and only all-female group), Rusty Lazer, Nicky Da B, and Mannie Fresh about where the city’s local jazz + brass band culture overlaps with bounce. We chatted about twerking as tradition and the celebration of movement instead of the oversimplified, oversexualized trend it’s become in pop. Really happy I got to speak to these people and write this.