Monthly Archives: April 2014

Our Month in A Pink

The spring-wet city sidewalks are glossed with showers of rain and shed pink petals, the last pale offerings of the flowering dogwoods.  They have blossomed and showered, and again blossomed and shed their blooms, and soon the primrose petals will be washed away, leaving us torpid with the muggy days of May. [Ed.  Heavy.]  –Yes. But this April, […]

Bookmark of the Beast: Common Core selections

The other week, I picked up a Dover Thrift anthology of Romantic poetry.  This one is dedicated entirely to the big six English poets of the High Romantic period: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats.  Not that I don’t have plenty of Romantic poetry to choose from anyway, even if I’ve long since lost my […]

Porky on modern music

Vox Day commenter Porky got into a back-and-forth a few days ago over Modern Music.  While we here at la casa del Somesuch obviously won’t back off our K-pop predilections, I thought this slam of his was pretty slamdunk.  His back-and-forthing partner’s previous pro-Underworld screed in bold black italics, followed by Porky’s reply in plain […]

The Deuterocanon Contra Evolutionary Reductionism

Better it is to have no children, and to have virtue: for the memorial thereof is immortal: because it is known with God, and with men. For without noble thoughts and deeds, progeny are just another kick of the can.  And a man lives not by the life of his children, but first his own. –The […]

A Pink’s Week at No. 1

Korean music charts are an even more dubious proposition than most such yardsticks today, and soompi’s aggregate chart, while perhaps a well-intentioned effort, has had a notable glitch in the recent past, so I can’t give it my complete confidence.  Nonetheless, this week it has acknowledged what surely has been a reality, the predominance of […]

A Pink: the Music Bank Win(s)

The great lingering gap in our coverage of A Pink’s all-kill music show winning streak is at last filled, with KBS uploading the prize-grabbing second week performance: Flash back to July 19th, and their winning stage for the world’s greatest popular music song ever, “No No No”: AND, because we didn’t have it in an […]

Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

Middlebrow historian Will Durant thought Shakespeare a great cynic, which tells us more about Durant’s Machiavellian reading of the Renaissance than it does about Shakespeare.  Those who have found faith in this world, or who have only kept it, will remember Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love […]

A Pink: “Bubibu” on Inkigayo (2012-07-08)

Mandatory SBS audio glitch notwithstanding, this is a lovely stage for A Pink’s sublimely effervescent “Bubibu”: Plus it has Namjoo wearing another hat! I don’t think I’ve seen Namjoo on stage for a while wearing a hat.  It’ll be a sadder, duller world if she never dons one again. A Pink, like the rest of […]

Happy Birthday Hwayoung & Hyoyoung!

True T-ara’s former member Hwayoung and her twin Hyoyoung of 5Dolls or whatever it calls itself now, turn 21! Hwayoung recently posed for Korean Esquire: Hwayoung, so cheeky, so earthy, so full of mischief.  She does remind me, in many ways, of a Western girl I loved. Hwa’s plans are always a subject of considerable interest […]

Easter Monday

When I was a kid, I was sure this was the “real” Easter.  This is not, I think, because I was precociously counting the days from Good Friday– and yes, I know how “New Atheist” this sounds but, no stumbling block to church tradition intended, would it be so wrong to count out three days? […]

Easter Sunday

For thus saith the Lord God: I will deal with thee, as thou hast despised the oath, in breaking the covenant: [60] And I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth: and I will establish with thee an everlasting covenant. [61] And thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed: […]

April 19th: A Pink

A happy and glorious 3rd anniversary to A Pink, who commemorated this special date with their fans on their first anniversary with a shimmery ballad entitled “April 19th”: Synchronicitously (?), April 19th was an important occasion in my own life, long before the days of A Pink, so that is something else we share. The audio is […]

Star Wars Paganism

A 4-year-old who died from an inoperable brain tumor received his final request earlier this month: a Star Wars-themed funeral.  Jack Robinson of Hampshire, England, passed away on April 1. According to The News in Portsmouth, the 4-year-old was diagnosed with the tumor in January. When doctors gave him only a 5 percent chance of […]

Good Friday

 Behold my servant shall understand, he shall be exalted, and extolled, and shall be exceeding high. As many have been astonished at thee, so shall his visage be inglorious among men, and his form among the sons of men.  He shall sprinkle many nations, kings shall shut their mouth at him: for they to whom […]

A hiatus in hijinks

In Korea, a ferry full of high school teens on a field trip has capsized and, amid a welter of conflicting reports, it looks as if the fatalities will be in the hundreds.  Hundreds are still missing, at any event, and the waters are cold, and dozens of casualties are confirmed.  A rural community likely […]

“So I’m racist because I don’t want illegal immigrants invading our country even if it is for jobs? Okay then, I’m a racist by your definition. Now what?”

–asks commenter orlfla at kausfiles, as part of a lively discussion in the trail of another fine piece.  I second his question, and, on his behalf, offer a further refinement, if needed, which I think s/he would agree to:  making them “legal” through amnesty doesn’t mean they belong here, either. Kaus reports on the Virginia […]

Happy Birthday Namjoo!

A Pink goddess and my ultimate dream girl Kim Namjoo turns a glorious 19! Ah, what a splendrous time we’ve all had since summer’s “No No No”, the greatest pop single of all time, converted me to Pink Pandadom. In the intervening months, I have basked in the glory of the Secret Garden album and […]

Happy ‘You’re still 18’ Day, Namjoo!

Namjoo has already turned 19 in Korea, but she’s still only 18 in some other time zones. Well, I should’ve thought to commemorate this fact earlier in the day, while she was still only 18 in Korea.  Obviously, Namjoo can’t very well feel 18 now, and perhaps it only rubs a sort of salt in the fact […]

A Pink Wins and Wins Again

  Ne! The results are in, and with fresh No. 1 prizes for this weekend’s Show! Music Core and Inkigayo, A Pink has swept all five shows in a row.  There’s nothing left to win! (sniff, sob): Except for, I dunno, topping the charts in Taiwan or something– oh wait, they’ve done that too! For […]

A Pink: The Music Bank comeback(s)

KBS’s Music Bank continues its ill-deserved place as the ugly stepchild of Korean music shows on youtube, thanks to the braodcasters’ failure to establish a proper channel (I thought they had one for a while, but I can’t find it) and properly curate their catalog (something they certainly have never done– that exalted Dal Shabet […]

A Pink: the Inkigayo “Mr Chu” debut

The world shines brighter when there’s A Pink: –And now that they’ve won Show! Music Core, Inkigayo is the last holdout.  Will this weekend bring a quintuple crown?

The 200th Anniversary of Napoleon’s first abdication

Oh unhappy day! Back in the late late 90s, I imagined I’d honor all of Napoleon’s great bicentennials– Austerlitz, Friedland, Wagram– and ponder all the power and grandeur he possessed, and how it must seem that it could never fade.  But I too have marched past all these dates, past Borodino and the Retreat, past […]

A Pink Wins Wins Wins

“Wins” is no longer an idle metaphor or expression of “mere” personal preference when it comes to detailing the latest comeback from God’s own favorite rock and roll band, A Pink.  Not only are “Mr Chu” and the Pink Blossom album winsome pieces of pop artistry, but official winning ones too. For A Pink has already pulled […]

Ann Coulter puts the smackdown on Sheldon

I guess we still have a First Amendment after all, since it gets a workout when Ann Coulter takes on the nefarious neocon Jewish billionaire by the ludicrous yet infamous name of Sheldon Adelson for his immigration hypocrisies, rent-seeking, and treasonous exploitation of his adopted “country”, the United States of America.  Cue the “anti-Sheeeeeemmetizzzmmm!” outrage.   I […]

An isteve commenter impersonates Jesse Jackson

I have a long strange subjective “story” about Jesse Jackson– and by “subjective” I mean it all took place in my head (when I was a kid), so this Steve Sailer anonymous reader’s take, in which he imagines the Rev. Jackson taking on the Left’s unfettered immigration policy, intrigues and amuses me: No one wants […]

The Battle for Ukraine, and the soul of the West

The nightmare in the Ukraine continues– and it’s my nightmare too.  Many a night I literally toss in my sleep, afflicted with half-waking dreams about the sinister sequence of mysterious and violent events that have overthrown the people’s peace, and challenged the sovereign rights not only of the Ukrainians, but the Crimean and Russian peoples–yes, […]

APink: the MNET hot debut (몰라요)

Back at the very origins of Time:  out of primordial chaos and dissonance sprung forth the reign of harmony and beauty– “Mollayo”: The first Spring of A Pink, and today the fourth.

The Commanders

Well, I recognize Scowcroft, Cheney, Quayle, Sununu, Baker, Powell, and the President right off– but who’s the mystery man at Scowcroft’s left?  Probably I should know this. George H. W. Bush was my high school President, and as such, the only American President I’ve admired and followed in his own time. ** Probably I knew more […]

God keep Hyoyeon

SNSD’s Hyoyeon, of whom I have been known to dream, is having a hard time right now.  April 1st saw a scandalous report that she’d been hauled before police over the weekend by a “male friend”on charges of assault, later dropped on the claim that it was all a misunderstanding.  This odd item was written off by […]