Mar. 10th, 2010

lexzilla: (♪ adam crawl thru fire)
♥ Check it out! I'm so honoured by this! My fic Come Play With Me has been made into a beautiful pdf by [livejournal.com profile] too_rational. It looks really pretty and includes all the amazing art made by [livejournal.com profile] gwyntastic . If you want, you can find the download link for it here and there are also many other great J2 fics for download here and SPN ones here. It's such a cool resource!

♥ I was having thoughts this morning about why I'm so excited by Adam Lambert. Mainly, it's because I think his voice is an amazing fucking instrument. But it's also because he reminds of a quote from the late great Bill Hicks. It's over a decade old, but still feels just as relevant when I think about all the shit Adam gets for daring to be himself in this day and age.

This is made clear near the end of the Montreal set where Hicks rants about the poor state of contemporary, state-sanctioned pop, the kind of tuneless, harmless pabulum hailed by the authorities as representing 'a good image for children'. "Since when did mediocrity and banality become a good image for your children? I want my children to listen to people who fucking ROCKED! I don't care if they died in puddles of their own vomit! I want someone who plays from his fucking heart! 'Mummy, mummy, the man Bill told me to listen to has a blood bubble coming from his nose!' 'SHUT UP AND LISTEN TO HIM PLAY'." This followed by an astonishing sequence of mimed obscenities; an image summoned up of clean-cut New Kids on the Block fans goose-stepping, giving the Hitler salute and shouting 'Heil! Heil!' then ‘sucking Satan's cock’.      source

Since when did mediocrity and banality become a good image for your children? What do you guys think?

♥ It also led me to think about another criticism that Adam often gets: that he's not authentic. If we really are in that stage of post-postmodernism where 'authenticity' is understood as a return to what is seen as the traditional, then I find it very sad. Not only because it's a tradition that never existed but also because I dislike the implied judgment of authentic being good and inauthentic being the other. It speaks of a conservatism that I am always [naively?] hoping we are moving past.

New movie purchase :) )

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