This time of year glimmers with the promise of fresh starts and unlocking one’s full potential—ostensibly positive resolutions rooted in a culture that thrives on (women’s) self-loathing. … Read the rest
PJ Harvey – The Wheel is rock song to emerge from her long-awaited ninth LP might illuminate the intention. In “The Wheel,” some 28,000 children have disappeared, and all we do is watch. We see them play and die violent deaths, witness their public memorial, and “watch them fade out,” as Harvey sings over 20 times at the end. The figure has no attribution: a crass search of “28,000 children disappear” brings up figures pertaining to gun crime, child street labor in Kabul, or the number of NATO troops initially sent to Kosovo in the late 1990s. The wheel turns and one tragedy swiftly replaces another, seizing air-time and attention.