Sarah Wrote That

A moment of communion for the Gowanus dolphin. Filmed, with comments, by

Late in the afternoon a man on a beat up bicycle showed up and decided to comfort the dolphin. Without saying a word he entered the water. I warned him about how polluted the water was but he smiled and said he’d dealt with worse, especially since Hurricane Sandy. The dolphin was extremely affectionate and responded to his touch. This lasted for quite awhile. The dolphin was bleeding from the dorsal fin and beneath its snout. […]

Eventually the man came out of the freezing water, got on his bicycle, and said he was going home to have a shower. The dolphin then headed up the canal and finally cleared the floats from the oil facility that had kept him penned in all day. But then he drifted to a group of onlookers taking photos in oily sludgy water where he stayed all evening, beneath the bridge on Union St, before dying around 6pm, as snow fell in the dark.

[via @andevers]

Songs to Cook or Do Last-Minute Cleaning By

  1. No More Conversations (Mylo Radio Re-Edit)Freeform Five
  2. Against The WallYoung Empires
  3. TokyoTelekinesis
  4. LogicOperator Please
  5. Fever RisingThem:Youth
  6. I Count the WaysBostich + Fussible with Kylee Swenson
  7. The JarCocosuma
  8. Always Loved A Film (Radio Edit)Underworld
  9. WingsHaerts
  10. Nights Like BonitaIcona Pop vs Madonna
  11. FaderThe Temper Trap
  12. LafayeSchool of Seven Bells

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President Obama’s remarks to the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner
October 18, 2012

Eddie Vedder introduces Barack Obama at Sept 20 fundraiser (via: via).*

*banner misspells Barack.

roxanegay:

“You are a human affront to all women and I am a woman.”

R.I.P. Nora Ephron. She did so much to change what was thought possible; and she brought joy.

Adrienne Rich reads “What Kind of Times Are These”

From PBS’s Poetry Everywhere project

Kathleen Edwards and John Doe
"Golden State" (Live at WFUV)

Such adoration in their harmonizing:

you are the pain in my neck
you are the lump in my throat.

Perfect. (Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines’ rendition is great, too).

Cass McCombs, “The Same Thing”

"…we’re cut from different sides of the same cloth…"

Doesn’t this sound like a chilled west coast folk cousin to Peter Murphy’s “Cuts You Up”? Same bass, same beat… It’s been going down really well today behind a precious last bit of sustained rough-drafting before the semester starts. The mp3 is free until Feb 29 on Spin’s Best of 2011.