Sunday, July 4, 2010

"Focus": A story based on "Hyperballad" by Björk, as suggested by writer Benjamin Rosenbaum (5/100)

Focus

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Björk is an Icelandic siren with a voice that can do anything. People have speculated that she's also completely batshit crazy. Her knack for odd dresses has garnered attention that should have been on her music. Her 2004 album Medúlla was made using only sounds made by the human voice (though there is a bit of piano on there, it doesn't really count). It's really damn awesome. In the DVD about the making of Medúlla, she mentions really liking the band Swans, which is also really damn awesome. "Hyperballad" is from her 1995 sophomore album Post, which I listened to a lot when I worked at a gas station a few years ago, often recreating the dance moves from the video "It's, Oh, So Quiet" while mopping the floor at the end of the night.

Benjamin Rosenbaum is a creative, talented writer who married a Swiss woman. He has two children and a book, The Ant King and Other Stories. He is also a computer programmer who speaks several languages. And he's rather handsome in that "Jeff-Tweedy-needs-a-fucking-nap,-dude" sort of way. As soon as I'm done being jealous of his talent and Swiss wife, I'm going to switch to being jealous of that other stuff. His short short story "The Orange" was made into an award winning short short film. He's currently working on a bunch of stuff, including giant ray guns.

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Next week: A story based on "Ghosts of the Garden City" by Caspian, as suggested by musician Philip Jamieson of Caspian.

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