Running Songs

Another week, another re-post. I am putting this up today because @jake_turbo and I are running a half-marathon together. Here are all the songs we won’t be listening to. But don’t worry about us, there will be beer at the end.

 

A while back twitter directed me to an article claiming that Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard was lying about his song list for running. Because I am a narcissist, this made me immediately thing about my running list—it is several hundred songs long and not all of them are actually that good to run to.

I run a bit—I don’t call myself a runner because I have never run ‘officially’ or in any public capacity, but I do run enough to know the names of different shoes, the arguments for and against going barefoot, the ideal amount of hydration before, during and after runs, etc .etc. I do it because I enjoy it, because you can’t play basketball for three hours a day when you’re a real adult, and because my grandfather and father died young.

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Serendipitous Geekiness: Night Riots and The Wheel of Time

I don't have a ponytail. Today.

I don’t have a ponytail. Today.

Since I have already admitted the extent of my geekiness before, I won’t give another historical précis to establish my credentials. Part of living on the edge of cultural geekness is that, while I am not a denizen of comic book stores or an aficionado of online role-playing games, I have dedicated my life to the pursuit of narrative, storytelling, and the esoterica of the ancient Mediterranean past. The difference between this and the Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy is that my geekiness is culturally authorized and funded. (Weakly and poorly, true. But still vindicated, if one cares about such things).

(Ok. Maybe I haven’t been forthcoming enough about my geekiness. In middle school and early high school I played a Dungeons and Dragons character past level 20. He was a half-elf bard named Pedrick Fleetfoot the 3rd. I actually remember trying to write songs for the character. I gave up for (1) being in a band and (2) ladies. Also, everyone started to get into the ol’ Magic cards and games in vampire worlds. I liked it simple and old-fashioned.)

And yet, beyond my professional façade, through which I orchestrate arguments about minor linguistic points in ancient texts etc, I also remain passionate about contemporarily geeky things like scifi, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and, music. Now, I know that music isn’t usually lumped in with these things, but we must admit that there is an ethical and spiritual affinity between those obsessed with vinyl records and indie bands and those enamored with Clark Kent, 12-sided dice, and b-movies.

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Running Songs

A while back twitter directed me to an article claiming that Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard was lying about his song list for running. Because I am a narcissist, this made me immediately thing about my running list—it is several hundred songs long and not all of them are actually that good to run to.

I run a bit—I don’t call myself a runner because I have never run ‘officially’ or in any public capacity, but I do run enough to know the names of different shoes, the arguments for and against going barefoot, the ideal amount of hydration before, during and after runs, etc .etc. I do it because I enjoy it, because you can’t play basketball for three hours a day when you’re a real adult, and because my grandfather and father died young.

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