Tuesday, July 19, 2005

This is a vaguely stupid quiz, but in the absence of any real information about me being posted here you might want to look at it.

Describe yourself using one band and song titles from that band

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Choose a band/artist and answer only in song TITLES by that band:The Smiths
Are you male or female:Half a person
Describe yourself:Heaven Knows I'm Miserable now
How do some people feel about you:I Don't Owe you anything
How do you feel about yourself:Panic
Describe your ex girlfriend/boyfriend:Miserable Lie
Describe your current girlfriend/boyfriend:Girl Afraid
Describe where you want to be:Back to the Old House
Describe what you want to be:Handsome devil
Describe how you live:What difference does it make?
Describe how you love:These things take time
Share a few words of wisdomAccept Yourself

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Intellectual thoughts upon John Hughes movies.

(and yes, I hate the TV show Friends). I haven't seen all of this Genre, in fact I have only seen 4 of the films (Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Ferris Bueller's day off and Pretty in Pink). Still, I feel I can voice an opinion on the deeper meaning of them all, which is this....

John Hughes movies are about trying and failing, but the attempt in itself is noble. Think of The Breakfast Club, the viewer knows perfectly well that they will all fall out of touch, or never see each other again but in the course of the film they try to create a deep and lasting friendship. They succeed in that it is a deep friendship, but fail because it won't last. In Ferris Bueller the three central characters are trying desperately to hold on to childhood and stupidity, once again they succeed for a brief period of time. Ferris' friend attempts to stand up for himself after the car is wrecked, he probably fails. And in Pretty In Pink Duckie (Jon Cryer) does approach Andie(Molly Ringwald) even though he knows that he'll be rejected. The exception to this rule is 16 Candles, in which most people's wishes seem to be fulfilled at the end. So I'll revise my opening statement: John Hughes movies are about trying and risking failure, rather than trying and failing.

So, hope you enjoyed this analysis. Yes it is pretentious but what else would it be.
Oh, and the films concerned are good, you should watch them sometime.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Flippancy returns! Okay, I'm feeling quite lonely as one of very few self confessed pseudo bohemian losers, so I've decided to create a subculture. My idea is we slowly balloon until we reach more than a few hundred and then accept that we are now mainstream and disband. Fun, huh? A subculture needs the following:
* an anthem (or anthems)
* icons
* literature, cultural references
* possibly a mode of dress
Here are my suggestions:

Anthem: thankfully this has already been written, and its the obvious choice. Yes "Bohemian Like You" by the Dandy Warhols, which is only improved by the fact that the band has utterly sold out and the song's used for adverts. Otherwise the Offspring's "Pretty Fly for a White Guy" is good as well.

Icons: * Ben Folds, king of Geek Chic
* Thora Birch as Enid in Ghost World, not a pseudo bohemian loser herself but used the term for the first time, and should be an icon anyway
* Jean Hughes Anglade in Subway. Actually, Jean Hughes Anglade in many films from the late 80's and early 90's.

Cultural references were pretty much dealt with in my first post, I'd like to add "Rules Of Attraction" by Brett Easton Ellis because pseudo bohemian losers feature(I think). Also "David Boring" by Daniel Clowes (he who wrote Ghost World)

And modes of dress are pretty much useless, it is already easy enough to spot a pseudo bohemian loser.

That's about it for now, as ever comments are welcome.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Okay, so I feel a bit bad being flippant at the moment because of everything that's just happened here (in London). I think I should probably break off from my whole trivial rant and just add my identikit views to everyone elses: it was evil, it shouldn't have happened, it's not too chaotic here at the moment. Actually everything is normal, and that's good.

Tune in over the weekend for the return of my regular cheery/bitter self.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Hello, welcome to my blog. A celebration of all pretension.
The question on your mind is, what is a pseudo bohemian loser? Well, it's complicated. The odds are, if you are both middle class and pretensious, you are one. Here is a handy list of pseudo bohemian loser indicators:

  • Thinking that saying "It's ironic" is an excuse for wearing the stars and stripes/ McDonald's merchandise/ Big Brother T-shirts
  • Listening to indie bands that are signed to majors
  • Being a member of Gen X (with the exception of Julie Delpy)
  • Writing free verse
  • Being really into the guitar
  • Indulging in major subtextual analysis of Spiderman/ Daredevil/ Batman/ Buffy/ pop culture in general
  • Being into pop culture but only because of the retro or cult value attached (ie. liking John Hughes movies but not "Friends")
  • Belonging to one of the major subcultures, and not understanding that if there are five hundred of you standing in a large group it's become a culture rather than a subculture
  • Wearing black polonecks
  • Using the term "post modern" and pretending to know what it means OR
  • Knowing that "post modern" is fundamentally an oxymoron and still using the term as a compliment

Don't get me wrong, some of these things are admirable, and these are not nearly all of the indicators. If you think of any, or are a pseudo bohemian loser yourself let me know.