Thursday, November 11, 2004


1. Arn's having a birthday. He celebrates by writing a great little essay about the elite's tendency to, uh, misunderestimate Southerners. Give it a read.

2. P'ansori is Korean epic opera-- intense, minimalist, and sung with a voice that sounds like it's been torn to shreds. P'ansori evokes the tragedy and bitterness of Korean history, and has even moved foreign audiences to tears. Gord Sellar of Eclexys gives us a link to a mutant strain of Korean opera: StarCraft p'ansori, very much played for laughs. It won't make sense to you if you don't understand Korean, but try to imagine a tragic song about a video game battle. If you're having trouble with that, imagine a Western opera singer bellowing about the pain of Brazil waxing.


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