May 09, 2006

pro-elitist indie onomatology is just stupidity's further engenderment and subsequent embrace


For all my Oklahoma friends: I had a great time talking to George Lang of The Oklahoman yesterday. He interviewed me for an article for Friday's paper, and blogged about it here.

For my San Francisco friends, feel free to stop by Books, Inc., 3515 California St., San Fransciso, CA on Thursday May 11 for a "Not Your Mother's Book Club" event. 7 PM. Playing/singing, signing, standing around talking. That sort of thing.

And for my Petaluma friends, on Friday, May 12th, a similar type of deal will "go down," as I think the saying goes, in Petaluma. "Teen Buzz Night." Copperfields Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma, CA. 7 PM.

More info. on this and other appearance-y stuff may be found here.

By the way, anyone have any idea what this guy's talking about?

Posted by Dr. Frank at May 9, 2006 06:19 PM | TrackBack

For someone who has a hatred of long band names, arrowintwolakes is quite verbose during his meandering and pretentious 70+ WORD opening sentence, ha.

Posted by: VanSerpico at May 9, 2006 07:44 PM

Clearly that guy wanted to say something and sound really intelligent in doing so, but I guess he was too pretentious to get around to saying anything. I think he hates irony. Instead of making up band names, he makes up words.

Posted by: ronnie at May 9, 2006 08:13 PM

I guess dyspepsia has its consolations if not occasional small joys.

Posted by: paul at May 9, 2006 08:31 PM

i bet he has a book about high school and catcher in the rye that he's trying to get published.

Posted by: kendra at May 9, 2006 10:12 PM

I would think that before trying to string together a phrase like the one that gave this post it's title, I would think arrowintwolakes might want to learn the basics of composition. For instance, one paragraph ends with

" I'll maintain the music analogy because I was never old enough or well-versed enough to get to know any movie hipsters."

and the next begins

"One has PitchforkMedia, the other has McSweeney's, for example."

Seriously, what kind of topic sentence is that?

Posted by: josh at May 9, 2006 10:35 PM

If Dr. Frank doesn't understand the words that guy is saying, there's no way in hell I would.

Posted by: Matt Riggle at May 10, 2006 12:20 AM

i like it when he refers to us as "gently readers". ha!

Posted by: alix at May 10, 2006 01:23 AM

oh be nice,or at least let me translate...

As one possesesed of many gifts,especially that talent of run-on sentences and a bit of bitterness myself...

okay first of all are you confused by the band names issue or the literary hipster bit? they do exist,he is right.

i will shoot for the former first. now i am not one who has as extensive of a musical knowledge as many here but i have seen many band names. i think to explain i will use something that became sort of a running joke at the alaskan college radio station i volunteered at for years.

we noticed that certain bands in certain genre all have a certain styling to there names,indeed to a tiresome degree.

for gothic band would not EVER be named
The Happy Fluffy Bunnies...instead it would be something more in the realm of say...Forbidden Cathedral.

It does seem bands try to an annoying degree to be witty by taking whatever pop culture reference is available(no offense frank)and applicable to their genre.

I don't know,they try so hard to be creative,and yet as the joke implies inevitably turn out predictable.

The book thing,i don't know its kind of obvious,just something he needs to learn to accept. Hipsters aren't as cool as you think they are but they're here to stay I'm sure. I'm just going to run away to this bluegrass scene(seems to be on the uprise,i can relate,i have a southern heritage)and hope not many of them choose to join and ruin it.

Then again it may already be too late,a montly show I heard about is at a club in the Mission.


Posted by: just me at May 10, 2006 03:15 AM


i'm reading king dork right now and i was wondering, is hillmont high based off of hillsdale high school? i thought it might be cause of the knights thing and i'm interested because i went to san mateo high. and...just wondering, did you go to hhs?


Posted by: nate bartlett at May 10, 2006 06:03 AM

Mr. Teone!!!!!!

Posted by: Zaphod at May 10, 2006 02:00 PM

I'd like to issue a spoiler alert for the above link for anyone who hasn't finished the book yet.

Posted by: Richard at May 10, 2006 03:30 PM

how about those bands who start a record label but call it the band name followed by "records". that's clever.

Posted by: david hillyard at May 10, 2006 03:51 PM


i think you have the wrong blog.


Posted by: kendra at May 10, 2006 05:24 PM

Is it really necessary to start a sentence in parentheses with the word "parenthetically"? If that arrow guy's live journal entry isn't a perfect example of "manicured self-consciousness," I don't know what is. Glass houses, dude.

Posted by: Emily at May 10, 2006 07:09 PM

okay he was little wordy...fair enough.

it takes one to know one but that doesn't mean you need to talk about each other.

my translation stands but i concede to his silliness.

Posted by: just me at May 11, 2006 12:09 AM

Well, he does use a picture of James Joyce where one would normally put their own picture. That explains a lot.

Posted by: DNB at May 11, 2006 12:11 AM

silly oklahomans. come back and see us when mtx gets fired back up. you shoud bring fair Bella to the quaint plains of okla.

Posted by: luke black at May 11, 2006 02:25 AM