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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • You "agree with deBoer against deBoer." How does that work?

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  • You're just pissed off that he called you a cop and lumped you with the worst of the right wingers, where you belong.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Ignore Richard. This is a good piece. Nicely done.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • As do I, as a rule, but right now that rivalry is kind of dormant. Bet it heats up next year.

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  • I still hate the Yankees more!

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  • Much appreciated, Erik!

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  • 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.

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  • But Dylan sucks. You one crazy dude, Crispin!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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