holyshultz

peterhutchins:

Cage the Elephant - Matthew Shultz, Brad Shultz, Daniel Tichenor, Jared Champion & Nick Bockrath @ Lollapalooza 2014, Grant Park, Chicago, IL, on Sunday August 3, 2014.
 
Setlist:
 
Spiderhead
In One Ear
Aberdeen
Take It or Leave It
Cigarette Daydreams
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked
Halo
Telescope
Back Against the Wall
It’s Just Forever
Teeth
Come a Little Closer
Shake Me Down
(Seven Nation Army tease)
Sabertooth Tiger

pete-mcvries
  • Q: A major concern in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones is power. Almost everybody – except maybe Daenerys, across the waters with her dragons – wields power badly.
  • George R.R. Martin: Ruling is hard. This was maybe my answer to Tolkien, whom, as much as I admire him, I do quibble with. Lord of the Rings had a very medieval philosophy: that if the king was a good man, the land would prosper. We look at real history and it's not that simple. Tolkien can say that Aragorn became king and reigned for a hundred years, and he was wise and good. But Tolkien doesn't ask the question: What was Aragorn's tax policy? Did he maintain a standing army? What did he do in times of flood and famine? And what about all these orcs? By the end of the war, Sauron is gone but all of the orcs aren't gone – they're in the mountains. Did Aragorn pursue a policy of systematic genocide and kill them? Even the little baby orcs, in their little orc cradles? In real life, real-life kings had real-life problems to deal with. Just being a good guy was not the answer. You had to make hard, hard decisions. Sometimes what seemed to be a good decision turned around and bit you in the ass; it was the law of unintended consequences. I've tried to get at some of these in my books. My people who are trying to rule don't have an easy time of it. Just having good intentions doesn't make you a wise king.