Friday Random 10: Three Wolf Moon Edition

Pax Arcana

Often people ask me, “Pax — how am I to understand the Internet, when it is ever so vast and so frightfully arranged in a series of blind corners and funhouse mirrors?” And I say “Stop talking like a queer.”

three_wolf_moonI then expand on my point to say that the beauty of the Internet exists not in comprehension of the whole of it — but rather in those moments of perfect happenstance, when the unlikeliest of candidates rise to the top of the giant ocean of information and enjoy a few blissful moments of propulsion at the crest of a powerful wave. Examples of these seredipitous moments are too many to list, but to illustrate a recent example, let’s consider the story of the Three Wolf Moon T-Shirt.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the T-shirt pictured at right has currently — and inexplicably — become the focus of attention for many snarky Internet types, who have taken to posting amusing comments about the shirt on For example:

The women knew from the wolves on my shirt that I, like a wolf, am a mysterious loner who knows how to ‘howl at the moon’ from time to time (if you catch my drift!). The women that approached me wanted to know if I would be their boyfriend and/or give them money for something they called meth. I told them no, because they didn’t have enough teeth, and frankly a man with a wolf-shirt shouldn’t settle for the first thing that comes to him. — B.Govern

Of course the attention is more than just a meme. The Three Wolf Moon T-shirt is currently the top-selling item of apparel on Amazon, according to the company. Meanwhile, my line of backless cardigans for men remains mired near the bottom. Won’t you people ever get with the times?

The songs:

Good Morning Good Morning — The Beatles
Crawled Out of the Sea — Laura Marling
Here We Are — Patrick Park
Nomenclature — Andrew Bird
The Island — The Decemberists
OK Oyot System — Extra Golden
The Best Thing — Ivy
Halfway Home — TV on the Radio
Ashamed — Deertick
Cracks in the Causeway — Oxford Collapse

Bonus video:

Souled Out!!! — Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.



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7 responses to “Friday Random 10: Three Wolf Moon Edition

  1. What an oxymoron for you — a backless cardigan. Your back is a cardigan.

  2. You’re on fire today. Have you been taking Humor Enhancing Drugs?

  3. Perry Ellis

    Home purchase update, please. You’ve been lax, Pax.

    Atalanta, Alan Alda & Marlo Thomas
    Return To Heaven, Bad Brains
    The yeah yeah yeah song, The Flaming Lips
    Take This Ring From My Finger, Adam Dewey and Crazy Creek
    Description, De La Soul
    Morning Chrome, Bloodkin
    History Lesson, Minutemen
    Hands Off, Bettie Serveert
    Knuckles, The Hold Steady
    I Can’t Explain (live), The Who

  4. Home purchase update — the P&S and attendant deposit check were signed/forked over yesterday.

    We asked for several small fixes based on the inspection report (that was Tuesday). We were told “Fuck y’all, we’ve got a higher offer waiting in the wings so go ahead and push your luck.” We retracted our requests.

    Today begins the process of applying for a loan. The mortgage broker guy says there’s nothing to worry about, but the Mets have lost three in a row so clearly THAT’s not entirely accurate.

  5. Perry Ellis

    We’re buying Samuel Ellis a little tool kit this weekend, so he’s available for those small fixes. You can pay him in yoghurt.

  6. 1. Talking Heads – Found a Job
    2. Charles Hamilton – Barbara Walters
    3. Femi Kuti – Blackman Know Yourself (Paris City Mix)
    4. Wilco – I’ll Fight (Wilco (TheAlbum) is not very good but old people who sing along to heavy metal drummer will like it)
    5. Curtis Mayfield – Got To Have Peace
    6. John Hiatt – Thing Called Love
    7. The Wood Brothers – Where My Baby Might Be
    8. Here We Go Magic – Ghost List
    9. Madlib – Funky Blue Note
    10. Big Head Todd – Circle

  7. I often wear my wolf t-shirt while bustin it out to:

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