More thoughts on current events from the giant two-headed squid.

More thoughts on current events from the giant two-headed squid.

Taken walking around West Philly last year. 

Taken walking around West Philly last year. 

A tip of the hat to the good folks at the Foodery for lending me a pen and some pieces of cigarette cartons to draw this on. 

A tip of the hat to the good folks at the Foodery for lending me a pen and some pieces of cigarette cartons to draw this on. 

A picture of my latest little comic, “It Works Because It’s Dirty.” Why didn’t I just scan the whole thing, you ask? Because the whole thing is available for the princely sum of ONE DOLLAR at my brand-spankin-new Etsy store. 

A picture of my latest little comic, “It Works Because It’s Dirty.” Why didn’t I just scan the whole thing, you ask? Because the whole thing is available for the princely sum of ONE DOLLAR at my brand-spankin-new Etsy store. 

I love how their costumes span the gamut from the harmonica player in his dorky printed shirt to the purple space pirate playing his custom-made percussion machine. 

Giant two-headed squid gives a press conference. 

Giant two-headed squid gives a press conference. 

Tonight, LIVE! at the West Haven Sit-n-Swill:
Local Musician Fred O’Biren and his band, FAREWELL MY ASSHAT!
FREE NACHOS with any pitcher of domestic beer! 
(From my dad’s birthday card a couple of years ago. He’s been continually unleashing his unique musical vision on unsuspecting audiences since sometime during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. Check those chord changes!)

Tonight, LIVE! at the West Haven Sit-n-Swill:

Local Musician Fred O’Biren and his band, FAREWELL MY ASSHAT!

FREE NACHOS with any pitcher of domestic beer! 

(From my dad’s birthday card a couple of years ago. He’s been continually unleashing his unique musical vision on unsuspecting audiences since sometime during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. Check those chord changes!)

Damn.

Damn.

I am going to come at this two different ways to try and point out what value I see in it. 

Cary Tennis says:

I can suggest this: I suggest that you act in a way that makes you feel strong and unafraid. Try that. Try acting in a way that feels strong and unafraid. Whatever that means. 

I try to keep this in mind when I read, or listen, or watch anything too, although generally I do a piss poor job at it. Or, as Woody Guthrie is reported to have said:

I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard traveling. … I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood.
I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.
And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you. I could hire out to the other side, the big money side, and get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own kind of songs and to sing the kind that knock you down still farther and the ones that poke fun at you even more and the ones that make you think you’ve not any sense at all. But I decided a long time ago that I’d starve to death before I’d sing any such songs as that. The radio waves and your movies and your jukeboxes and your songbooks are already loaded down and running over with such no good songs as that anyhow.

Race and ethnicity: Philadelphia (by Eric Fischer)
Segregation, Philadelphia-style! Not a whole lot of purple goin’ on there. (Red is white, blue is black.) 

Race and ethnicity: Philadelphia (by Eric Fischer)

Segregation, Philadelphia-style! Not a whole lot of purple goin’ on there. (Red is white, blue is black.) 

Source: Flickr / walkingsf

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