pulled from a really good book, vol. 3

 “It’s of some interest that the lively arts of the millennial U.S.A. treat anhedonia and internal emptiness as hip and cool. It’s maybe the vestiges of the Romantic glorification of Weltschmerz, which means world-weariness or hip ennui. Maybe it’s the fact that most of the arts here are produced by world-weary and sophisticated older people and then consumed by younger people who not only consume art but study it for clues on how to be cool, hip – and keep in mind that, for kids and younger people, to be hip and cool is the same as to be admired and accepted and included and so Unalone. Forget so-called peer-pressure. It’s more like peer-hunger. No? We enter a spiritual puberty where we snap to the fact that the great transcendent horror is loneliness, excluded encagement in the self. Once we’ve hit this age, we will now give anything, wear any mask, to fit, be part-of, not be Alone, we young. The U.S. arts are our guide to inclusion. A how-to. We are shown how to fashion masks of ennui and jaded irony at a young age where the face is fictile enough to assume the shape of whatever it wears. And then it’s stuck there, the weary cynicism that saves us from gooey sentiment and unsophisticated naïveté…a queerly persistent U.S. myth that cynicism and naïveté are mutually exclusive…what passes for hip cynical transcendence of sentiment is really come kind of fear of being really human, since to be really human is probably to be avoidably sentimental and naïve and goo-prone and generally pathetic.”(1)


  1. From Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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One comment on “pulled from a really good book, vol. 3

  1. Howdy. Do you know anyone who’s interested to sell his/her copy of any David Foster Wallace book? Preferably Infinite Jest. Consider the lobster would be great too. Thank you!

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