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So who’s buying this crap? It’s impossible to know exactly, but if my recollections from Christian summer camp are any indication, kids in cloistered religious communities are desperately eager for anything that looks and sounds like “cool” secular youth culture yet still makes it through parental approval.

Eric Grandy, “Give Up: God Hates You and Owl City is Proof,” The Stranger, March 30, 2010

Yes, OK, I like this and want to believe it, but I feel like I need to be a bit credulous toward such a suspiciously satisfying explanation.


The Urban Dictionary Guide to America: California

California

1. State the produces more food than anywhere else, has crazy night life, large schools, hot women, a load of stuff to do, and a the longest beach anybody has ever seen. 
2. A place you’ll want to stay in once you visit get there. 
3. Extremely diverse. 
3. Much more entertaining than Texas.

California.


A Stone's Throw: Placing Washington, D.C., before the Inauguration

The Urban Dictionary Guide to America: Colorado

Colorado

The mountains are purple, the bud is bright green.

What else is there?

Let’s go to Red Rocks and smoke some doob.


How Very Banal To Ask What I Mean

All U.S. irony is based on an implicit “I don’t really mean what I say.” So what does irony as a cultural norm mean to say? That it’s impossible to mean what you say? That maybe it’s too bad it’s impossible, but wake up and smell the coffee already? Most likely, I think, today’s irony ends up saying: “How very banal to ask what I mean.” Anyone with the heretical gall to ask an ironist what he actually stands for ends up looking like a hysteric or a prig. And herein lies the oppressiveness of institutionalized irony, the too-successful rebel: the ability to interdict the question without attending to its content is tyranny. It is the new junta, using the very tool that exposed its enemy to insulate itself.

-David Foster Wallace (via nooneisherelovearthandrewtsks)

And here we get at a good part of the reason I find Stuff White People Like so trying. Christian Lander mistook recognition for insight, and in the process came up with a “joke” Republicans had been making about liberals for decades. (But it’s different this time, supposedly, because Lander’s actually a liberal.) His work doesn’t interrogate or explore or say anything new or incisive about race and class in the United States. Lander thinks he deserves a cookie for merely making his observations. How very banal to ask what he means!


The Real World Doctrine: Obama's next justice.

The Urban Dictionary Guide to America: Connecticut

Connecticut

According to U.S. News and World Report 2003 - Connecticut is THE RICHEST STATE in the nation and always has been by per capita new worth, average income, and cost of living. It’s amazing how uneducated someone is to say New Jersey (which most everyone would agree is the nation’s asshole) would be richer. Have fun peasant, New Jersey is 6th. Get castrated before you reproduce and your uneducated middle-low class spawn infect any more of the planet.

Nice Prada shoes. Are you from Connecticut?

Why yes, where are you from?

New Jersey.

Well, that explains the smell.


Russia now visible from her TV studio.

Beyond the Pale


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