weird upstairs

james cassar
clearing out the noise in my brain, one step at a time.
Created 27 Aug 2019
  • stop living in the past where nobody can hear me now
    27 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    Welcome to your ten-year performance review, James. Who am I? Don’t worry about that. Why are my eyes red? Must’ve been crying. What is this? Once every ten years, we get to have a conversation. I’m h...
  • we have the technology, part one
    20 Mar 2021 • 16 min read
    Hey y’all. Sorry it’s been forever. This is kind of a long one. Hope you’re well. Before I get into this, let me get into something else. Art is a two-way street. You engage with it, it engages with y...
  • if it ends the same, do the means even matter?
    02 Dec 2020 • 9 min read • 1 0
    I don’t know how to properly kick this one off after months of unexplained absence, an election between a crybaby and a coward, reconfirmed fears about our fractured world, and the release of Spider-M...
  • i don't know how you're getting home
    17 Sep 2020 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Sorry for another album-specific retrospective. In lieu of the playlist (follow anyway and witness a newsletter outline that never came to fruition), give Heck No, Nancy a birthday listen. It came out...
  • are you held to a safe place to stay?
    03 Sep 2020 • 7 min read • 2 0
    In lieu of the playlist this week, head here to listen to Barely Civil’s sophomore album I’ll Figure This Out. It’ll be released everywhere tomorrow via Take This to Heart Records. $1 of every sale fr...
  • look real close, eyes that show kaleidoscopes
    11 Aug 2020 • 12 min read • 1 0
    Hey, follow this playlist, eh? In a 2013 eulogy published in The Atlantic, writer Connor Simpson laid the Livestrong bracelet—and its associated foundation—to rest. Star cyclist and celebrity fixture ...
  • thickened skin can't grow soft
    05 Aug 2020 • 10 min read • 3 0
    Hi. Real quick: follow this playlist. It’s the audio companion to each week’s newsletter. thx. I could definitely cover why every song is included, but if I did, we’d be here a while. Some sentences a...
  • i'm a stitch away from making it
    28 Jul 2020 • 10 min read • 3 0
    I was sick in bed the day before my eleventh birthday. When my mom left with my brother to take him to school, she told me I had to still get up and stretch. Back then, I wasn’t completely off the hoo...
  • you always knew you were tired, but then
    21 Jul 2020 • 6 min read • 4 0
    Obviously if we take our work seriously we do not try to clone one novel to its predecessor so comparisons are indeed odious, & equally obviously the constantly shattered & reknit & fragmented again s...
  • how do we fix this if we never had vision?
    18 Jul 2020 • 6 min read • 2 0
    read Miranda’s first-listen to this record, which was written in response to this newsletter. we’re back at it, folks. blink-182 were on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf when bassist Mark Hoppu...
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