Titus Andronicus (featuring Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls) - To Old Friends and New.
"You have got a lot of nerve to behave the way that you do, making me listen to all of your carrying on You are not the only one who thinks that life is so cruel. Me, I have got problems of my own.
But if you talk and nobody’s listening then it’s almost like being alone. So it’s alright the way you piss and moan It’s alright, the way you piss and moan
[Cassie Ramone] Like the time traveler who killed his grandfather, these cycles are bringing me down. We could build a nice life together if we don’t kill each other first. Are you just too fucked up to understand me or is it the other way around? Maybe it’s both, and I just don’t know which is worse.
So you better thank your lucky stars, you don’t know half what I know is true. But it’s alright if you think that you do. It’s alright, if you think that you do.
Was it the devil, or was it the lord who gave you those words, the ones I never heard?
It’s alright to kill and it’s alright to steal if you’re willing to hold up your part of the deal. There are plenty of things that are worth dying for but you’ll never know until you open that door. And reasons for living are seldom and few and if you see one you better stick to it like glue, yes it’s true, it is true.
If I were there to keep satisfied all of your carnal desires, then it might be my place to say what is or isn’t forbid So how can I hold it against you if you answer the call of the wild? No matter how brilliant a woman, you’re only a kid.
But if you know that nobody is ever going to suffer for you like I did Well it’s alright the way that you live, It’s alright the way that you live.
The more creative a person is, the more sexual partners they are likely to have, according to a pioneering study which could explain the behaviour of notorious womanisers such as poets Lord Byron and Dylan Thomas.
The research, by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Open University in the UK, found that professional artists and poets have around twice as many sexual partners as those who do not indulge in these creative activities.
Some 425 British men and women, including a sample of visual artists and poets and schizophrenic patients, were surveyed for the report, which is published today in the academic journal, The Proceedings of the Royal Society (B). Although creative types have long been associated with increased sexual activity, this the first time that this link has been proved by research.
Study participants filled in questionnaires which asked about their degree of creative activity in poetry and visual art, their psychiatric history, and their history of sexual encounters since the age of 18. They were also required to answer questions on a ‘schizotypy inventory’, a breakdown of characteristics linked with schizophrenic patients.
The average number of sexual partners for professional artists and poets was between four and ten, compared with a mean of three for non-creative types. Statistics also showed the average number of sexual partners rose in line with an increase in the amount of creative activity a person took part in.
The lead author of the study, Dr Daniel Nettle, lecturer in psychology with Newcastle University’s School of Biology, suggested two key reasons for the findings. He said: “Creative people are often considered to be very attractive and get lots of attention as a result. They tend to be charismatic and produce art and poetry that grabs people’s interest.
“It could also be that very creative types lead a bohemian lifestyle and tend to act on more sexual impulses and opportunities, often purely for experience’s sake, than the average person would. Moreover, it’s common to find that this sexual behaviour is tolerated in creative people. Partners, even long-term ones, are less likely to expect loyalty and fidelity from them.”
Dr Nettle added that the results suggested an evolutionary reason for why certain personality traits that serious artists and poets were found to share with schizophrenic patients perpetuated in society.
He added: “These personality traits can manifest themselves in negative ways, in that a person with them is likely to be prone to the shadows of full-blown mental illness such as depression and suicidal thoughts. This research shows there are positive reasons, such as their role in mate attraction and species survival, for why these characteristics are still around.”
Yet although some ‘schizotypal’ traits are linked with high numbers of partners, schizophrenic patients do not experience this level of sexual activity. Dr Nettle said these people tend to suffer from acute social withdrawal and emotional flatness - characteristics that the researchers found were linked with a reduced number of sexual partners.
The authors also delved into the personalities of artists and poets and found they shared certain traits with mentally ill patients. These traits were linked with an increased sexual activity and are thought to have evolved because they contribute to the survival of the human species.
Why am I not having more sex? I consider myself one of the more creative people within all of my social circles. Perhaps the line “the authors also delved into the personalities of artists and poets and found they shared certain traits with mentally ill patients” has something to do with it.
Los Campesinos! - Coda: A Burn Scar In The Shape Of The Sooner State.
"An artist’s impression of the Manhattan Skyline and a soon to be burned scar, in the perfect shape of the Sooner state. I fall to my knees, my piss soaked jeans: the first time, the last time, all the times inbetween. The first time, the last time, all the times I would have liked there to have been.
I can’t believe I chose the mountains every time you chose the sea.”
Listening to this on my rooftop in Williamsburg (picture shown)