At any rate, we all deserve a medal and some cigarettes for surviving a sustained encounter with family members. While you're out traipsing over the corpses of fellow Black Friday shoppers and tearing out a stranger's weave for 40% off your new washer/dryer combo, here's a quick list of things I am actually thankful for:
1. Rise Up With Fists!!! -- Jenny Lewis
2. Triumph of a Heart -- Bjork
3. Asleep -- The Smiths
4. Abducted -- Cults
5. Girls -- Marina and the Diamonds
6. How Did We Come to This? -- from The Wild Party
7. Rid of Me -- PJ Harvey
8. Science Fiction/Double Feature -- Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
If nothing else, you can do a little listening around inside Will Danger's noggin and maybe take this opportunity to judge him for his questionable taste in music. I'll also offer you this pricklingly hilarious Slate article about the logistics of porcupine fornication.
Jokes aside, Black Friday is one of my favorite holidays because of the people watching it affords. There's an unparalleled frenzy to the whole affair, like going to the mall on Christmas Eve. It feels very much like worshiping at the altar of America. And we all know how obsessed I am with that kind of messiness.
Hope you had a good holiday, folks.