Nice article, Dan. I can't tell if your lament for the ease of defining yourself relative to an evil empire is sarcasm or if it truly pains you.
I personally think the new era where we must actually judge music on it's content is the BIRTH of taste. We can no longer feign sophistication through the laziness of being a part of a non-mainstream counterculture. We actually have to think. We may have to explain and justify our identities by developing our own values.
I think this ad has nailed Montana politics, where guilt by association loses elections. I had forgotten the name of the guy Judy Martz beat out for governor, but I'll never forget that he was married to Lucy Dayton. That's how he lost, and how she won. "Make him spend it all, Judy" was the bumper sticker that gave us our own Sarah Palin.
Outside Missoula, out there in Benghazi-land, Obama is shorthand for evil. Why waste time explaining the boring details of an insider-baseball scandal and risk letting it slip that Walsh is a veteran, which might compromise the mudslinging? Screw the particulars, hitch his wagon to the great Satan, and let people's own prejudices do the rest. Calling attention to actual details might invite people to investigate, which is the last thing you want to as a political entity in election season.
Is Molly hooking up with the editor? Why will no one edit this woman? I can understand how the author might think someone might want to read about her instead of, you know, the freaking subject of the interview. Some writers are like that. That's why we have editors; to sift the irrelevant bullshit small talk the "reporter" says OUT of interviews, and leave the stuff the SUBJECT says in.
ALL of Molly Laich's pieces are One Woman Odysseys. Even her calendar blurbs were all about her. Please, somebody give this woman a grant to write a full-length memoir so she can get it out of her system and start using her great writing for something other than navel gazing.
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