Vampire Weekend and the Virtues of Nuance

In 2020, after a six and a half year long hiatus, the band Vampire Weekend won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for their new record “Father of the Bride”. This was the band’s third nomination in the category and second win, firmly cementing them as a mainstream critical and commercial success. Quite a long way to go, some would say, for what was once considered to be the most indie band of the indie bands, perhaps signified by nothing better than than the small print words finding no place to hide on the white cover of this, their fourth and most recent album which read “SONY MUSIC”.

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The Vexillological Nightmare of Cape Cod

My relationship with vexillology is complicated. Vexillology is, to put it simply, the study of flags: their design, their relevance, their histories, etc. Anything to do with a piece of fabric flying in the wind falls under the umbrella of vexillology. However, in recent years, the definition of vexillology has begun to shift from “the study of flags” to “enthusiasm and appreciation for flags”. This is a result of the space that vexillology maintains in the modern day. 

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Seeing the Arm

There’s something special about staring out at the ocean from a Cape Cod shore. You may find yourself sun dazed in a beach chair vacantly staring at the gorgeous vista of Nantucket Sound, or fearfully standing watch over the Atlantic before a hurricane, like a soldier stationed at the border on the eve of war; the circumstances don’t matter. You’ll still look out upon the waves extending as far as the eye can see and feel… something.

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Welcome to the Cranberry Blog

This blog is a collection of stories, thoughts, and general ramblings all centering around a little spit of sand in the southeastern corner of New England. It is called “The Cranberry Blog”, a play on the many cranberry bogs which the Cape is known for. I write about Cape Cod for a variety of reasons: I know its history, I’m learning its present and I’m very curious about its future. I’m in love with its geography. I find the space that it occupies in the cultural zeitgeist fascinating. More than anything, however, I write about Cape Cod when I’m homesick. So whether you’re a born-and-raised Cape Codder or couldn’t even point it out on a map, I hope that you can enjoy this blog as much as I do.

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