Diana Salier busted this out at my face eyes. I have eyes elsewhere, but the ones on my face were the most interested. “wikipedia says it will pass” focuses on those universal truths about love lost, pinball, San Francisco, sex, and hamburgers. All of those things mean a lot to me. Except for San Francisco I’ve never been there. Sometimes as I stare out at some giant indifferent sky I wonder whether or not other people have faced similar problems? Reading this delightful collection, with its humor, many references, and traveling I realize I’m not alone in this big crazy thing called ‘emotions’.
The book’s cover is blue. Inside it is a little blue too. But not too blue, just blue enough to find it funny but sad. Or sad but funny, it depends on the poem. “i didn’t cry at the end of titanic” makes me happy that I’m not the only one who wasn’t moved by such a sub-par film. Also the line “fuck walt disney you’re the happiest place on earth” should be recorded for time immemorial as perhaps the best compliment ever given to another living creature.
San Francisco comes up a lot. Really I don’t know anything about California. California seems too fast-paced for a slow East Coast sloth like me. Diana appears to have a strong connection to the city. Even while she travels part of her still wishes she was there, despite San Francisco being a graveyard of past relationships. Guess I know how she feels regarding music and how it can’t be the same after a relationship has ended. The other person took that song, that record, and that experience molding it into something familiar while still unfamiliar.
Pin ball takes up a few of the poems. I wasn’t aware of pin ball’s great swag-production. My only experience with Pin Ball is from The Who’s play “Tommy” about the deaf, dumb and blind kid. Guess it really is true; it turns everyone into something cool. Due to Diana’s ringing endorsement of this fine and wholesome American sport, I may order away for a pin ball machine in order to get all the other people into thinking I’m a cool sloth, not just a blogging sloth.
I feel “wikipedia says it will pass” is a fun read. My comparison would be what happens after Daft Punk plays at your house. Sure, LCD Soundsystem is interested in telling you what happens while they are there. What happens at the after party, once those disgusting overrated Frenchmen have left the building? Personally, I always like the after parties more. “wikipedia says it will pass” is the ultimate poetic experience of the after party.