I’ve been browsing Ezra Koenig’s (Vampire Weekend frontman) old blog since the release of their new record, and my perusal’s developed into something of an obsession.
The blog’s entitled “Internet Vibes.” Just to capture the unprecedented amount of interesting on it, I’d like to excerpt some of Ezra’s comments in response to a confused reader on a post about Native American-inspired pop music:
The purpose of this blog is to “feel the internet vibes and understand them.”
The basis of drama is desire; desire to get something you want, desire to make other people act the way you think they should, desire to gossip, etc. Desire is the root of all suffering. Let’s escape this vicious cycle of Samsara by truly understanding it. Understanding the whole world can take a lifetime; right now I seek only to understand the “Internet Vibes”.
We can help each other understand these vibes through insight, meditation and compassion.
Thanks for your concern,
EZRA JAMES KOENIG
I come from the post-Mary J. Blige generation in which the word drama isn’t associated with “the real” but with the superficial masquerading as the real.
To me drama is about conflict; in fact its the glorification of conflict. If we can realize that our petty differences, wants and desires are only illusions preventing us from embracing a more knowledgable worldview then we will come to regard drama as negative.
The “Internet Vibes” are the vibrations of truth which radiate through all things. As we approach subjects like Native American-based pop or New Age music, many of us will immediately recoil. We think “This is not MY kind of music. This is shitty music.” This is to ignore the Internet Vibes entirely. My mission is to know the Internet Vibes AND to understand them NOT to judge them or hurt them.
By exploring the Internet Vibes, I am expressing my perception of the truth.
This mission is not to be done alone which is why I appreciate your comments, Jed.
It’s like everything is at once a joke and so profound it makes my head spin. Honest in a way you’re expecting to be ironic. It’s one of those weird situations in which I want to become Ezra Koenig or more realistically be like Ezra Koenig.
But as cool as that would be, it’s hard, and not really fun, and not necessarily “true to myself.” This is where I get confused, because my desire to be like Ezra Koenig feels very natural, and anyways, we aren’t naturally our fully fledged selves as much as we make ourselves, and how am I supposed to make myself if I don’t use other people?
Qui sait? What I like most about “Internet Vibes” is its intelligent goodness, so maybe I’ll just try to borrow that.
Glengyle House, Scotland (by Graham Harris Graham)
First, I love Tumblr and want to keep loving it. And yes, it is immediately terrifying to hear that Yahoo (which, from a lot of our perspectives, is a laughably backwards and culturally irrelevant company) is going to own Tumblr. I sympathize.
But there are a number of circumstances in which…
I was wondering whether anyone was trying to make Infinite Jest, the Movie, and came across this link instead, where students are/were commissioned to make the fictional oeuvre of The Mad Stork. I like this idea a lot.
Edit: Incidentally, I think IJ would make a better special TV series than a film.
Abigail Woods Anderson（American）
Sommer in den Alpen (by kara o’keefe)
Throbbing for this right now.