I Dramatically Read a Japanese Pop Song

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Yup, I straight up read a Japanese pop song by Mell called “Red Fraction.” I’ve read poetry by Langston Hughes and a blog post by John Scalzi, so J-Pop was the next logical step.

It is an entirely English song sung by people who do not speak English. That does not mean it is not amazing. It also opens for one of the coolest and most profanity laden anime ever. So Black Lagoon is totally worth checking out.

I’ve always wanted to do a straight reading of this to hear what I sounded like. Now you can hear me too.

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed reading it. There are comments below if you want to tell me about things. Just sayin’.

Read What You Damn Well Please.

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Let’s see, I could post more poems, people liked those, but when did I make this a forum for my brain farts. The answer is “what the fuck else is this for.”

I could read something again, but then I would somehow warp (Ha!) back to some Star Trek discussion again.

I could do one of those more traditional blog post thingies, but I have no idea what a traditional blog post is.

I guess I could write m- Wait. What is this?

Against YA pic

Thank you pretentious article writer. Woot woot!

I’ll definitely be the first to jump on this.

By first, I mean within the first few thousand.

Okay. I get it, I’m not original, but then again, neither is this article.

it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it. Not because it is bad—it isn’t—but because it was written for teenagers. -Ruth Graham.

No no no. You don’t write an article, for the Slate no less, about YA literature and say how adults should be embarrassed reading without implying that same YA literature is shit. You just don’t, Graham. I’ll get off your lawn in a second, I just need BLOG a few things.

First of all, how does trying to make adults feel embarrassed about reading books turn into a good thing? Frankly, who gives a shit about the author’s intended audience? If I told Graham that her favorite novel was actually intended for children it’s not like she would throw down the book and proclaim “I’m too old for this shit!”

Authorial or editorial intent does not matter. I’ve read YA and if I were told it was intended for a forty year old man with three kids it wouldn’t interfere with my reading of the text. I know Orson Scott Card is a homophobic ass, but it doesn’t mean I like Ender’s Game any less.

My god, I still watch cartoons too, I mean I watched and loved Avatar: The Last Airbender series, but according to Graham, since it was on Nickelodeon I should feel embarrassed I ever admitted this. I guess it’s time I let the common sense of someone else dictate what I should read and watch, especially if that someone wrote an article for Slate.

I will say that my own life as a YA reader way back in the early 1990s was hardly wanting for either satisfaction or sophistication. Books like The Westing Game and Tuck Everlasting provided some of the most intense reading experiences of my life. I have no urge to go back and re-read them, but those books helped turn me into the reader I am today. It’s just that today, I am a different reader. -Ruth Graham.

Could it be that you already read those books that you don’t want to re-read them again? Sorry for assuming your reading habits, it’s just that you’re telling me and many other readers not to read things we like, so I just assumed I could tell you what you can or can’t read too.

There’s of course no shame in writing about teenagers; think Shakespeare or the Brontë sisters or Megan Abbott.-Ruth Graham.

It’s okay because you like them. Got it. We can just ignore every other book that could be classified as YA because it wasn’t up to par for you. Just burn down the Newbery selection everyone because it’s not needed here.

But the YA and “new adult” boom may mean fewer teens aspire to grown-up reading, because the grown-ups they know are reading their books. When I think about what I learned about love, relationships, sex, trauma, happiness, and all the rest—you know, life—from the extracurricular reading I did in high school, I think of John Updike and Alice Munro and other authors whose work has only become richer to me as I have grown older, and which never makes me roll my eyes. -Ruth Graham.

So in order to do “grown-up reading,” it has to be a book that stays with you forever and forever? So I just have to look up your reading list and be forever changed. I can assure you Graham has read every book and has never forgotten one of them because she was grown-up when she did it and it totally enriched her life. If only I and everyone else had that grown-up reading prowess. Still something wrong here besides everything else.

I have no idea what the fuck “grown-up reading” is. In the modern parlance around here we like to call it “reading,” but apparently that isn’t enough for Graham.

Graham sounds like the kind of person who answers the “What’s your favorite T.V show” question by saying “I don’t really watch television. I prefer to read.” It just sounds like a pretentious answer, because all I’ve read from her is this pretentious article.

Never mind what Graham writes, hell, never mind what I write, because you should just read, watch, and play whatever the hell you want. Don’t let anyone discourage you from doing what you want just because it may not fit the sensibilities of “grown-ups” who think otherwise.

Now I’m going to eat a bag of snacks, but it looks like they were made for children so I may feel embarrassed.

Oh goddammit, I wanted to do that.