Thursday, June 02, 2016

Ryan Kearney over at The New Republic riffs upon "The Radiohead Racket".

Terry Teachout has a little rumination on the formerly famous:

Ours, after all, was the generation that expected to live by the words of Pete Townshend: I hope I die before I get old. But Townshend didn’t, nor did James Simon Kunen, who now ekes out his pension and Social Security by teaching English to immigrant teenagers.

To be sure, I was, unlike Kunen, spared the dubious privilege of youthful fame (or any kind of fame, truth to tell). What’s more, I recently embarked on a professional adventure of a sort that sexagenarians are rarely lucky enough to experience. Nevertheless, I think I have at least some notion of how it might possibly feel to outlive your life as you’d previously understood it, and the fact that Kunen now seems by all accounts to be genuinely happy—which is, lest we forget, the most important thing about him—doesn’t make me feel any more at ease as I look down the road toward my own unknowable future.

A.E. Housman said it:
Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

I wonder what Andy Warhol thought of those lines—if he knew them. On the other hand, he died at the age of fifty-eight, thereby ensuring that we would always remember him (if, indeed, we do continue to remember him) as young, decadent, and way, way cool. Smart move, that.

Thanks to commenter chris e I was able to come across this blog here with this post on this topic.

It's about Star Wars and how the problem with Rogue One isn't that the lead appears to be female, it's that the character is a hopelessly trite wise-ass loner who lives by wits and is unsuited to conformist military life who will probably go on to be the super-awesome-hero.  My reaction to the Rogue One trailer was that this was the kind of trite adventure character that was worn out in the Reagan era and that having a woman play this role was not going to make it less stale.  Not that women can't be wonderful action heroes.  I own every episode of the Powerpuff Girls.  I even like a decent chunk of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  Katara is a fantastic heroine in the adventure genre.  But what's-her-name from Rogue One?  I'm not holding my breath.

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