There are still some big Gen X rockstars hanging on: Tad, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Courtney Love. But the gloomy heroin boom of 80s/90s Seattle and the alternative nation at large is still cutting down these guys young. I know Weiland and STP were considered bandwagon posers but he was as big of a voice for rock in the early/mid-90s as Cornell, Cobain, Staley, and Hoon...
I had to confiscate a spinner from one of my seventh graders. He was reluctant to give it to me, and when I finally took it he started crying. After a couple minutes everyone felt weird; the other kids avoided eye contact with their classmate, unsure if they should ignore him by talking over his heaving sobs—which were beginning to cast an awkward pall over the classroom—or simply wait until he cried himself out. Eventually I caved and gave it back to him. He kept crying, though. Didn't stop until class ended 10 minutes later.
You "agree with deBoer against deBoer." How does that work?
You're just pissed off that he called you a cop and lumped you with the worst of the right wingers, where you belong.
To be called a fool by the likes of you is the supreme compliment, but you wouldn't even be able to figure out why that is.
Beck, you don't seem to be able to read? deBoer's premise is that he can't slap me back. My point is that it's fine to criticize people. I agree with deBoer against deBoer that criticism is worthwhile, and accountability is good. The problem with deBoer's dunderheaded critiques is not that they are critiques, bur rather that he (like you) is a fool. The pair of you are so lacking in self-awareness that you defy some definitions of sentience.
Your actual premise is that DeBoer can't slap you back? That he can't get pissed off over god knows what sort of bullshit you've laid on him? That's so precious
What has he done in the last ten years that suggest he is not an idiot? I really want to know since my only familiarity with the guy over the last ten years has been as a conspiracy theorist and Trump adviser
He's many things, but not an idiot. His forehead does slope precipitously, however. A real cro-magnon look. Check out side photos of him.
Stone is a fucking idiot. He improbably gets praise for his fashion sense. Dude looks like Willy Wonka. Hope he knocks off sooner rather than later.
Ignore Richard. This is a good piece. Nicely done.
Miss You, Before They Make Me Run, Beast of Burden -- all great tracks off Some Girls, and there's a bunch of other good ones, Maybe I'm prejudiced, since Some Girls was the first Stones album I listened to, not counting Out of Our Heads and The Rolling Stones Now! (if I have the title right).
Great piece Tucker. I am a wanderer of the boneyards myself. Good places to camp in a foreign town, if you can get over the fence. These days I have made friends with death. It's all okay and there's nothing to fear. That's what he tells me over a beer and bag of chips. Except for maybe clown boys huffing paint on your mound. But I guess you wouldn't know about it anyway, if you were dead. The lines are blurred indeed.
I hear you,well said.
Actually, it doesn't even matter any more. People on the left have called so many bigots and racists for so long now the words have lost all impact.
I'm just asking questions. Questions can't hurt anyone. That's what everyone tells me about Tuvel.
I'm thinking you may have plunged a few too many toilets.
How many feminists work in sanitation? How many work roofing jobs? Ever seen one on a fishing boat?
It is possible to be conservative and do actual physical work. I plunged toilets for almost 30 years in the local school system and have remained a conservative. So it's possible. In fact, it's likely the norm. It does make me wonder, however, about the liberal snowflakes who protest Trump and the policies on the right, while being paid to do so, when in fact they just want free stuff, without actually working.
Or you can call it Hillbilly Ellie Mae. J.D. Vance nailed himself an Atlantic magazine in-crowd pleaser with his pitch-perfect title. There’s something for almost everyone - Hillbilly for slurring the last deplorable underclass - Elegy for old English majors and their adult English major/Coffee Studies minor children living in the basement, who may have never read Gray’s elegy but instinctively intuit rigorous pastoral contemplation chased with a latte. In other words, yecch.
Then why doesn't your headline ask if his argument is bigoted?
I don't call him a bigot here, though. I say that his argument is bigoted. I'll stand by that—and can now do so without typos.
I guess I'm just sick of everyone on the left constantly calling their opponents bigots and it turns me into a prick sometimes, Russ. I'll plead guilty to that.
Oh, c'mon, Chris, give Noah a break. We fucked up on a typo. It happens. And since you two despise each other, at least virtually, I'm not giving this much validity.
the abandonment of retail spaces presages the impending apocalypse of automation and millions of people out of work because their cargo trucks are piloted by SpaceX and Facebook. I could see video arcades making a comeback with VR machines. Marijuana dispensaries would be a welcome change from CVSs, 7-11's, and methadone clinics.
The dead malls are the loft communities of the future. The artists and weirdos who can no longer afford lofts in the urban centers can transform the malls into vibrant centers of cultural activity. It's pure J.G. Ballard.
Yes, good column, Mr. Smith. Every thinking person outside of New York City hates the Hateds, so that's an easy one. Interesting how Bucky became Buck a few years ago. Nice ballpark, indeed. Got the Little Woman to buy me an orange shirt last year, so I guess that makes me part of the enemy. When one's team stinks year after year, one has to find solace in the game itself.
As do I, as a rule, but right now that rivalry is kind of dormant. Bet it heats up next year.
I still hate the Yankees more!
Much appreciated, Erik!
Tired of the Barnes/Machado story. Lots of scribes out there virtue signalling. I only read this piece because, well it's Russ and he doesn't fall into such traps. Also, he remains a better writer than all those other punks.
But Dylan sucks. You one crazy dude, Crispin!
i do love some of those songs. they were the only pop albums my parents really listened to, except maybe the cast recording of 'hair.' hazy shade, e.g.
You forgot to mention "Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall." A beautiful song that I never heard before a high school talent show, a couple friends of mine sang it.
Sorta take that back about no mall. There's a couple of sclerotic shopping centers farther than I care to walk. At their best, and possibly to their credit, they were never within a million miles of a Willams Sonoma or a Safari-themed Banana Republic. Now liquor stores and sub shops. New retail paradigm needed. Maybe like ice cream men, but selling more than ice cream.
No mall here upstate in Saugerties, New York - you gotta head south to Kingston to watch mall stores close. Here, I walk into town about every other day or so to food shop and pass real brick 'n mortar still, aside from the supermarket. Local shoe store, local hardware, bookstore, non-discount drug store, movie theater (the Orpheum!) and that's about it. Some earnest cute restaurants and coffee shops fill some spaces. Place has the feeling of a raggety 50s Main Street under glass, something between a scary well-done theme mall and Twilight Zone movie set, populated with extras like me. Coins can be still be found on the sidewalk. I snapped up a quarter just the other day. Gotta be careful with those pennies though. Heads only. Tails are strictly catch and release.