. . . Of the Week (4-26-14)

Article of the Week

If you haven’t realized it by now, a major theme of this blog is prejudice and bigotry in all of its various forms.  This week the online journal Salon published an article about the connection between racism and anti-big government sentiment on the political right.  It was presented in the context of the revelation that rancher Cliven Bundy turned out to be a massive racist, which neither I nor the article’s author Paul Rosenberg found surprising.  The article shows that the connection is much more entrenched than many people realize, and it’s definitely a fascinating read.

Ronald Reagan owns Cliven Bundy: he’s born of GOP racial and anti-government hostility

Album Cover of the Week

This week’s album cover is from the Crystal Fighters’ album Cave Rave and was designed by artist and architect Paul Laffoley.  Laffoley is a bizarre guy whose artwork is generally considered to be outsider art.  Usually his work is colorful throughout, but in this case the majority of the design is black & white and bears more than a passing resemblance to the iconic covers of McSweeney’s, which I believe was an influence here.

Paul Laffoley - The Crystal Fighters - Cave Rave (cover)
Paul Laffoley – The Crystal Fighters – Cave Rave (cover)

Meme of the Week

I’ve been encountering a lot of anti-science people lately, so this is for them.

And on that note . . .

Art of the Week

This next piece was designed by creative polymath Stéphane Massa-Bidal.  If you’re not familiar with his work, you really should take a gander at his lovely website Retrofuturs.

Stéphane Massa-Bidal - Go Back Creationists!
Stéphane Massa-Bidal – Go Back Creationists!

Song of the Week

I’ve been listening to a lot of David Bowie lately, and this week’s song comes from his latest album, The Next Day.  It’s called Dirty Boys.  Just a heads up: the video clip accompanying the song is homemade.

David Bowie – Dirty Boys

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