13. Big Red Dog
Here are my iPhone notes from this week that never saw the light of day:
• "Your 20s are about crashing parties that you weren't invited to; your 40s are about RSVPing to parties and then not showing up. This works out perfectly."
• "Make sandwiches."
• "Wallet chains are not back, and it is too fucking soon." (Noted during Tuesday night's Destroyer show at Le Poisson Rouge, which, may I point out with great rage, saw the band taking the stage at 11:45 p.m.? Jesus Christ!)
• "How does a Canadian songwriter recruit 7 band members and end up with 100% white men? You can't throw a stone [...]
To be sure, the just-released transcripts of the Federal Reserve meetings from 2006 do not look so terrific with the benefit of hindsight. But don't just point and laugh; you should read a bit of the transcripts yourselves. What you'll see is a very sophisticated group of people assimilating enormous amounts of information. The math and deduction that would predict the events of 2007 and 2008… well, who among us was banging that drum in mid-2006? (Okay, a few people!) But even those of us with anecdotal data—I, for instance, knew something was wrong with America when a friend who was an unemployed non-citizen immediately got a rather [...]