Smart and Smarter

9 02 2010

The “Dean of American Rock Critics,” Robert Christgau, founder of the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll and long-time Consumer Guide columnist, has written an enlightening take on Vampire Weekend, that most divisive of successful indie pop bands. I agree with much of what he has to say, but really I’m just in awe of his writing and thinking—here’s my favorite quote: “Holding apparent incommensurabilities in your mind-body continuum is a spiritual discipline available to anyone capable of both compassion and pleasure.” Wow. And don’t write that off as hippie nonsense—think about it for a second! He’s a special kind of critic. The whole article is well worth a read, and there’s more on his website, robertchristgau.com. Also, here’s the current home for the Consumer Guide column.

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