A [United Nations] Secretary-General in the eighties, Javier Perez de Cuellar, was said to be so mild that he could fall out of a boat and not make a splash.
Osnos, E. (2014, December 22). In the Land of the Possible. Retrieved from http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/12/22/land-possible
Instead of seeing home ownership as a reliably safe investment, many of today’s young adults may now see some risk that houses could become financial albatrosses due to events beyond their control.
Brainard, L. (2015, April 2). Coming of Age in the Great Recession. Retrieved from https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/speech/brainard20150402a.htm
Parade of the Clueless and Entitled
WHY oh why, daughter asks, do I watch [Judge Judy]? Because it’s fascinating. Not the yelling at people in need of a dressing-down, although of course that’s part of it. It’s the parade of clueless and entitled people who’ve never been told that it is not bad luck that put them here, but bad choices. Last night JJ barked at someone a remark that her son shouldn’t have gotten a young girl pregnant, and that the kids had behaved stupidly.
Mom was appalled. That’s judgmental, she said.
That’s the worst thing you can be in her world.
Lileks, J. (2014, June 13). The Bleat. Retrieved from http://lileks.com/bleats/archive/14/0614/061314.html
Ease of Suicide
If your economic thrust is based on all the debaucherous things bros can do when frittering away their life savings, your city may need to rethink itself. It looks like that time is coming for Las Vegas, as the gaming industry struggles with the rise of online gambling and other cities are jumping on the casino bandwagon as a bulwark for their local economy.
One local writer, struggling to come up with the ten best things about the city (after listing gambling and entertainment in the top five), opted to choose “ease of suicide” for the number nine slot.
Gallagher, B. (2013, March 15). 10 Most Overrated Cities in America. Retrieved from http://www.complex.com/city-guide/2013/03/overrated-cities-in-america/las-vegas
The Gene Siskel Test
Is this movie more entertaining than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?
Eugene Kal “Gene” Siskel (January 26, 1946 – February 20, 1999). American film critic and journalist for Chicago Tribune.
Things Happen for a Reason
Movies are about telling the same lies over and over again. You know, good beats evil, things happen for a reason, attractive people are interesting.
~ Michael De Santa
Grand Theft Auto V. Houser, S., & Humphries, R. Rockstar Games. 2013. Video Game.
Ennobled by Suffering
But once more, so-called liberals indulge their penchant for wanting to see these people as ennobled by the very act of their suffering, and, therefore, to be forgiven for all acts of personal failings.
SouthernView (2014, July 22). Re: When Struggling Families Spark Internet Rage [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from https://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/21/when-struggling-families-spark-internet-rage/?_r=0
Speaks for Itself
People who are comfortably living on their own terms don’t announce that to people. Their comfort speaks for itself through the absence of any need or impulse to sell.
Hax, C. (2014, September 13). Carolyn Hax: Long-distance lover under a cloud of suspicion. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/carolyn-hax-long-distance-lover-under-a-cloud-of-suspicion/2014/09/13/383544de-2d5c-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html
They can only see through the myopia of their pain and experience. It’s the sole filter. And that’s just because that is their emotional truth.
After all, you have to remember that the number one way to spread propaganda, politically speaking, is to legitimize a lie as being a “side” of an argument, and then you can just appeal to the emotional subtext of those who are most likely to believe that emotional truth underneath it. As such, the lie becomes a weapon.
But just as I have argued many times, we have such a difficult time seeing ourselves as anything but a person in a momentary interaction. And so we only like to debate the fairness of that myopic interaction itself. We are so damn bad at seeing ourselves as part of a larger trend / system. We are so bad at seeing what we are actually advocating on the whole.
Film Crit Hulk. (2014, October 27). Film Crit Hulk Smash: ON DESPAIR, GAMERGATE AND QUITTING THE HULK. Retrieved from http://badassdigest.com/2014/10/27/film-crit-hulk-smash-on-despair-gamergate-and-quitting-the-hulk/
Now I can solve up to 800 problems a minute.
~ Gordon Freeman, after picking up an MP-5
Freeman’s Mind: Episode 11. Dir. Ross Scott. Accursed Farms. N.p., 4 May 2009. Web. 14 Dec. 2010.
A Trip to the Edge of Despair
But all of it sounds like what smart, privileged young people flirting in a foreign country, might say to one another as they turned themselves inside out, dying to make an impression. Linklater, writing this script with Kim Krizan, understood that modern mating rituals depend on put-ons, games, boasts, self-deprecation, egotism dissolving into laughter.
Self-certainty has triumphed; that’s the way Celine and Jesse–and, by extension, most of us–manage to survive.
Celine and Jesse are not married, but their fight goes to questions at the heart of upper-middle-class matrimony. Who gets a full share of gratification, who has to sacrifice in order to keep things going?
Delpy’s Celine turns quarrelsome, almost preëmptively angry, and Hawke’s Jesse becomes defensive and sarcastic. The hotel clash is both harrowing and funny, a trip to the edge of despair and dissolution taken by people whose anger and wit never run out.
Denby, D. (2013, May 27). Review: Before Midnight (2013). Retrieved from http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/05/27/couples-4
Life has an aching void I cannot fill without constant, meaningless amusement.
Lileks, J. Comic Sins: Richie Rich. Retrieved from http://lileks.com/institute/comicsins/covers/rich/52.html