Weekly Paying Homage to Klosterman Post

June 21, 2008

“Nothing offends me more than those who claim they wish they could become blindingly religious because it would ‘make everything so simple’. People who make that argument are trying to convince the world that they’re somehow doomed by their own intelligence, and that they’d love to be as stupid as all the thoughtless automatons they condescendingly despise”

“Interestingly enough, I don’t think there is a word for my particular worldview: ‘nihilism’ means you don’t believe in anything, but I can’t find a word that describes partial belief in everything”

“Nothing can be appreciated in a vacuum. That’s what accelerated culture does; it doesn’t speed things up as much as it jams everything into the same wall of sound.”

“But whenever I meet dynamic, nonretarded Americans, I notice that they all seem to share a single unifying characteristic: the inability to experience the kind of mind-blowing, transcendent romantic relationship they perceive to be a normal part of living.

“In 1990, Sinead O’ Connor claimed, ‘I do not want what I haven’t got’. That was her core aesthetic. And this is why you never see Sinead O’ Connor on TRL. It has nothing to do with her being a thirty-six-year-old, bald, anti-Catholic intermittent lesbian who liked to sing about Argentina. That stuff didn’t hurt her career at all. What hurt her career is that Sinead would make a horrible pirate.”

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