Hello Again, Friend of a Friend,
I Knew You When
Our Common Goal Was Waiting For The World To End
Now That The Truth is Just a Rule That You Can Bend
You Crack the Whip, Shapeshifting Trick, The Past Again
Granta, a literary magazine, has done an entire issue on Pakistan. I was touched. Then I read Kamila Shamsie's description of her adolescence in Karachi during the late 80's and really early nineties, when Pakistani pop exploded onto the scene. It's a story she's heard and read a million times over, from so many of us; and *she* had the chance to tell it to the entire world. It's a beautiful story; called Pop Idols. If you're from Pakistan and can read English, it just might be your story, too.
Now there's a new generation of songsters coming up. Natasha Khan, aka Bats For Lashes, is one who's bypassed the pop route to go straight into profoundly beautiful music:
"Daniel" is nice but if you want Bat For Lashes at her best, it's got to be her cutesy/creepy song "What's a Girl To Do"
I think I'm going to buy this issue of Granta.