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Groovy times

August 9th, 2018

NEWLY DECLASSIFIED FROM THE SECRET VPL DATABASE: THE POLYESTER FOUR PART PLAN OF 1975: 1. Trap the smell of sweat, body odor, and other environmental scents in the fabric to an eye-watering degree. 2. Cause your clothes dryer to burst into flames. 3. Realize how awful you actually look. 4. Donate the stuff to a […]

Sic transit gloria Nineties

July 31st, 2018

Looking back, you wonder if any of it was real. Of course it was. You can find ample physical evidence in any thrift store or the few sad remnants you’d elected to hold on to all this time. There’s a part of you that whispers how these were your best years — a halcyon daze […]

We live in a contentious political climate, one in which important debates are framed by ideological rigidity and personal attacks. There are some who lament this current state of affairs and seek common ground through compromise. It is a noble enough sentiment, but suffers from a great deal of delusional thinking and moral equivocation. You […]

Stale madeleines

March 27th, 2018

Ready Player One is a set of flash cards elevated into profitability by an audience eager to be pandered to in the most facile manner imaginable. It’s nostalgia at its namedropping laziest. It epitomizes everything I despise about retro-gazing culture, yet there’s a part of me that wonders if that isn’t a little hypocritical on […]

It’s the trick of imagery

March 1st, 2018

Believe or not, but I’ve mellowed quite a bit as I’ve grown older. The white whales of old look more like guppies in hindsight, and the spite that once burned with the intensity of a blast furnace has dimmed in magnitude. Maintaining grudges takes work, man, and that kind of exertion is better spent on […]

Journalists and marketers love to emphasize generational tags for their own nefarious (or just plain lazy) purposes, but blanket descriptors such as “boomers” or “millennials” tend to be a whole lot of hogwash. At best, these designations are useful in the way terms like “new wave” or “electronica” are useful — a handy little bit […]

Cause and effect

November 8th, 2017

(The New York Times, 11/5/17) (Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! #3, December 1983) Says it all, really.

It turns out that the real monster was reinforcement of rigid gender roles through youth-targeted marketing all along. Recommended listening: Lost Cherees – Living in a Coffin (from A Man’s Duty, A Woman’s Place EP, 1984) Maybe I lucked into an typical situation, but it seems like the women in my social circle are far […]

Every dysfunctional family is dysfunctional in its own way. There are some who hide the nightmare behind a facade of normality and others who romanticize their bizarre behaviors. My family fell into the latter category, glossing over the pain and self-destructive behaviors with a proudly bohemian narrative. It was rationalization as a form of pride, […]

Every generation gets the Masque of the Red Death it deserves. Recommended listening: Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going to Go (from a 1970 single) Funk don’t come heavier than this.

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