Rock & Roll in Retrospect

It is often said by the gainsayers of conservative nostalgia, with great snark, that America ‘has no culture’ or ‘never had a culture.’ But if ‘culture’ as a phenomenon refers more or less to the aesthetic backdrop of a society, it would be an offense against language to make such a claim. ‘Culture’ here is merely a descriptive term, the locus of all things superficial and observable: like the philosophical concept of ‘the world,’ it exists by logical necessity. Thus even Anglo-Canada has a culture, which as anyone can see, is markedly different from the Québécois culture. And what is the origin of the phenomenal differences between these Canadian populations if not the essential genetic differences between English people and French people?

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Why You Should Spoil The Endgame

When was the last time you rewatched the original Iron Man? What about the first Avenger’s film? Did you even bother buying a second ticket to Marvel’s first major movie starring a superhero of color, 2008’s groundbreaking The Incredible Hulk? Let’s be honest, unless you’re a child and easily distracted by bright colors and loud noises, the answer is probably ‘no’.

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The Essential Gene Wolfe

Let me describe the reader for whom I wrote all these stories. I wrote them for you. Not for some professor or for myself, and certainly not for the various editors who bought them... You see, I am not an academic writing to be criticized (Academics think the criticism the most important part of the whole proccess, in which they are wholly wrong.) Nor am I one of those self-indulgant people who write in order to admire their own cleverness at a later date; I do, occasionally, admire myself; but I am always made sorry for it afterward... This is the simple truth: Tonight you and I, with billions of others, are sitting around the fire we call “the sun,” telling stories, and from time to time it has been my turn to entertain.”

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A Conflict of Aesthetics

We cannot be afraid to dare to think differently and to speak our mind. It is virtually guaranteed that doing so will be met with repercussions and attacks, but the cultural and political war is about to reach its crescendo. Given this, the perspective that one ought to adopt is that of the Viking berserker warrior. If we are indeed doomed to lose and our enemies are destined to prevail, we might as well risk it all.

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