The Occasional Triumphant

The tuba steps unsteadily forward for a solo

An Easy Mortality

Honored and grateful to have this story up in gutwrench. today about adolescent camaraderie, the subtleties of the pecking order, and the hubris of tall boys. Enjoy!


By Myke Johns

It did not begin as a trudge. It started as a hike. From the very foot of the Appalachian Trail to about twelve miles in. This gaggle of boys carrying sticks, wearing backpacks, our faces expectant even at that hour. Under any other circumstances it would be inexcusable for us to be awake—not for a school day, not for church, not for Christmas morning. Yet here we were with boots on, intently listening to our Scoutmaster go over trail safety one last time.

“Troop 410,” that was us, “we do not hike alone. If you have to stop to rest, to go to the bathroom, to pass out, you buddy up.”

We all eyed each other and quietly decided who our real friends were. I was not going back into the woods with Quentin or Hunter—those two did not have my best interests at heart. I figured…

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Startup Ideas

Today in The Tusk, I’ve got some pitches for apps to help every young urbanist #disrupt #the #paradigm

“Forsake all but convenience.”

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Accumulation Journal #1


Stacks on stacks on stacks on stacksThese are the CDs that have been piling up in my car for months:

Coil – Horse Rotorvator (Some Bizarre 1997 ed)
Swans – The Great Annihilator (Young God 1994)
The Postage Era – s/t (Action Driver 2004)
Meaning of Everything – demos (CDR 2005)
Juno & The Dismemberment Plan – split (DeSoto 2001)
The Mountain Goats – Heretic Pride (4AD 2008)
The Mountain Goats – Live at the EARL (CDR 2004)
The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck (Merge 2011)
Patton Oswalt – 222 (Chunklet 2004)
Patton Oswalt – Werewolves & Lollipops (Sub Pop 2007)
Patton Oswalt – Finest Hour (Comedy Central 2011)
David Bowie – Heathen (Columbia 2002)
David Bowie – Hunky Dory (Virgin 1999 ed)
Juno – this is the way it goes and goes and goes (DeSoto/PacifiCo 1999)
Elliot Smith – XO (Dreamworks 1998)
Spoon – Girls Can Tell (Merge 2000)
Plebeian Grandstand – How Hate Is Hard To Define (Basement Apes 2010)
Plebeian Grandstand – Lowgazers (Throatruiner/Basement Apes 2014)
Low – The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop 2005)
At The Drive-In – Relationship of Command (Grand Royal 2000)
Brother Hawk – Big Medicine rough mixes (CDR 2015)
Nick Lowe & Los Straightjackets – The Quality Holiday Revue (Yep Roc 2015)
Weezer – Pinkerton (DGC 1996)
John Vanderslice – Time Travel is Lonely (Barsuk 2001)
Carly Rae Jepsen – E*MO*TION (SchoolBoy/Interscope 2015)
Winter Severity Index – Slanting Ray (Manic Depression 2014)
Ghost Bath – Moonlover (Northern Silence 2015)
Japandroids – Post-Nothing (Polyvinyl 2009)
Queen – Classic Queen (Hollywood 1992)
The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I (DeSoto 1999)
Superchunk – Majesty Shredding (Merge 2010)
Pavement – Brighten the Corners (Matador/Capitol 1997)


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