Slices | October 16, 2013
Slices | October 14, 2013
Sinead O’Connor recently penned a scathing open letter to singer Miley Cyrus, warning her of the dangers of sexualizing her image, being exploited by the music industry and telling her that she is a role model that is sending the message to young listeners that it is “somehow cool to be prostituted.” Now, Sufjan Stevens has posted his own open letter to the controversial pop-singer about another egregious mistake (though he does admit “surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor”): Her poor grammar in the song #GetItRight.
One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object …But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between … But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine. Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense?
Thankfully for Miley, there are other caring celebrities who are willing to issue such stern, but also thoughtful, words of correction … Discuss
Slices | July 26, 2013
Sufjan Stevens evidently spends a considerable amount of time thinking about the significance of fonts. In a rambling, passionate set of Tumblr posts, the singer/songwriter describes how much he dislikes the album cover of the Savages’ Silence Yourself.
Here are some of his thoughts on the awfulness of Helvetica Narrow:
The very cool SAVAGES has allowed a very uncool typographical blunder on its LP cover: Helvetica Narrow (weight loss is the worst thing that can happen to an iconic font, aka iOS 6). Also can we talk about the weird italics (unnecessary affectation, and very un-British), cramped leading (totally unforgivable) and unnecessary line break?
And of course, the use of all caps:
Case in point: the inherent democracy of ONE CASE (every letter equally measured) forgoes the political hierarchy of upper/lower class. Am I reading too much into this? The band has somehow achieved mystery and modesty in brash exclamations about “silence” (resonance of Buddhism?) rendered via typographical faux pas (all caps=yelling).
Aggregator | November 21, 2012
As you prepare for your extended holiday weekend, filled with Thanksgiving turkey and Black Friday deals (or leftovers and extra sleep), let today's video by Sufjan Stevens begin to carry you into the season of joy, because nothing says Christmas quite like an 8-bit psychedelic nutcracker...
Aggregator | November 9, 2012
Sufjan Stevens has just released the video for his song Silver and Gold from the upcoming holiday album, Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10. The 58-track (yes, 58-track) album comes out next week, and the video features a young boy enjoying a day at the beach while filmed through (what we assume) is an iPhone and Instagram-like filter...