is anybody out there watching the 2008 African Nations Cup presented to you by the people of Ghana and 16 African footballing/soccer-ing nations?! group stages roll on this week...[NIGERIA & SENEGAL STRUGGLING...ANGOLA SHINING!...WC '10 HOSTS-to-be S. AFRICA SUCK]. KNOCKOUT roundz begin Feb 3rd if you wanna catch 'em! Ghana (those hansome men below) have already qualified. catch up with it as you please, perhaps even dip a toe into this FOTO GALLERY, or go all out and visit an African-friendly torrent thingy. bye!
PS soccer bonus story: last week this story broke (REALLY well-written article, *MUST*READ*) and then over the weekend opposition fans sung derisively about how he wears a bra on his head.
It sometimes isn't very fun
But you go along with it
And when you're the guest you don't complain
Because a time will come when you'll be the host
And when you're the host you'll get to plan the trips
or the evening.
Until such a time arrives
You'll go with the plan that you got
And the plan that you've got isn't fun
And it's okay, it's okay, it's part of your life.
It's part of your liiiife.
It's how you make me feeeeel, it's how you make me feel,
And what I'm saying is it's a relationship we have that works Because the times that I feel like this are redeemed by the times that I don't feel like this.
The times I feel like this are redeemed by the times that
I don't feel like this.
(Oh sue me.)
The times that I feel like this are redeemed by the times that I don't feel like this.
Don't you agree?
"Subjects are tasty human sinburgers whom we, journalists, chew up and digest in order to excrete stories," she says (not in those words). "Is this really so surprising?," she asks (nitw). "It is surprising," she says (nitw), "even though we journalists do it all the time."
When I reread TJATM over the holidays, I noticed a passage that I thought would make a funny, fun-to-mail postcard:
Earlier this month I designed the postcard, then wrote to Janet Malcolm and asked her if she'd give me her blessing to publish it with The Believer. I was very pleased (and sort of surprised, frankly) when Ms. Malcolm wrote back a few days later:
Dear Brian McMullen, It's fine to use the quote on your postcard. The typeset version looks good. Best wishes, Janet Malcolm
Just this evening I received, from the printer, an advance box of the postcards. I can't wait to send a stack to the redoubtable Ms. Malcolm! She said she'd be glad to have a few:
Dear Brian, I'd be glad to have a few of the postcards.
I hope she gets a kick out of them (and uses them!).
POSTCARD TEST DRIVE (w/soul patch)
IF YOU, TOO, WOULD BE GLAD TO HAVE A FEW OF THESE POSTCARDS . . .
. . . then we are both nerds. Please write to me at "brianmcmullen [At-Symbol] hotmail.com" with your best mailing address. I'll do my best to get 'em out the door in a timely fashion. (You'll get the "non-illustrated" version of the card. The one pictured near the top of this post.)