"Everything you've ever believed is wrong."

by Bill


Actually, Alan, you're just far enough away from it to be able to have more perspective than I do, so your take on them is simpler, and clearer, and, I think, right on.

That's what I was trying to get at by saying it was about "copping attitude". The real appeal of this stuff is that it provides the "wearer" a touch of dashing contrarian attitude.

I had actually entertained hope, in the immediate wake of 9-11, that this stuff would shortly be seen to be dead for good -- as indeed various writers did declare it, then, in those "death of irony" pieces. But no. O well, maybe with time.

The thing that'll do it in eventually, I think, is that it actually isn't any good for anything but copping attitude and getting tenure.

Posted on Nov 16, 2001, 9:46 PM
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