"Clearly, bling killed the SUV on the cultural level. When playas re-equipped their behemoths for “stunting and flossing,” they revealed the Emperor’s new clothes. What’s a Navigator with 22” wheels and low profile tires have to do with the romantic allure of fording streams and climbing hills? The same thing as a Navigator with 18” wheels and all-season tires. Nothing. Once you see the absurdity, there’s no going back."--Bryan Myrkle, writing in The Truth About Cars
I just finished reading L.A. Rex
, by Will Beall. Beall is an LAPD officer, and this is his first novel. It blends the worlds of corrupt cops, high-priced celebrity lawyers and gangsta rap, and it's based somewhat on Oedipus the King
. Okay, frankly, either that description sold you or it didn't. It's not perfect, but it's (obviously) ambitious, and Beall has a great voice. I enjoyed it very much.
"The people who review my books, generally, are kind of youngish culture writers who aspire to write books, or write opinion pieces about what they think of Neil Young, or why they quit watching ER or whatever. And because of that, I think there's a lot of people who write about my books with the premise of, "Why this guy? Why not me?" The thing is, if I write about Van Halen, no one really thinks I'm writing this because, in truth, I would rather be a successful guitar player. And if I wrote about Marie Antoinette, no one thinks, "Well actually, he wishes he were Sofia Coppola." But when someone writes a book review, they obviously already self-identify as a writer. I mean, they are. They're writers, they're critics, and they're writing about a book about a writer who's a critic. So I think it's really hard for people to distance themselves from what they're criticizing."--Chuck Klosterman, interviewed by The Onion AV Club
"I do not want to be in a bullshit pop band with some bullshit pop songs while you drive your fucking bullshit car and sing along to it like you're some 14 year-old girl."--Tom DeLonge
, formerly of Blink-182.
A lagniappe of cultural kitsch and B-movie claptrap