I don’t like this expression ‘First World problems.’ It is false and it is condescending. Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles. Connectivity issues on your BlackBerry, cost of car repair, how to sync your iPad, what brand of noodles to buy: Third World problems. All the silly stuff of life doesn’t disappear just because you’re black and live in a poorer country. People in the richer nations need a more robust sense of the lives being lived in the darker nations. Here’s a First World problem: the inability to see that others are as fully complex and as keen on technology and pleasure as you are.
You can’t write about Mclusky without an obligatory line asking why they weren’t more popular in their time. “Arming Eritrea” shows the same is true for Future of the Left — how is this song not perennially a candidate for one of the best rock songs on the last decade? Falco’s vocals on this early live version just slay, especially when he draws out “I’M AN ADUUUUULT!!” in that second verse. Laughing! Rocking!
WHY COULDN’T IT BE COSGROVE
Hey guys, here’s a list of upcoming Girls episodes I’m super excited about!