By Molly Lambert
So the New York Times had this ghey contest for college students to write a response to a really condescending essay about our generation by some Boomer who was basically like “why don’t you care about anything?” as if Gen X never even happened. As Gen X would say, whatever…Anyway the winner was this real turkey by one Rick Thacker, a conversational Tibetan-studying Yale student and soon to be Gen-Y pariah.
Congratulations New York Times, not only did you give an award to a white male ivy league undergrad who already thinks he knows everything, you published the phrase “Che Geuvera tee-shirt.” Which means either your proofreaders are slacking, or Rick Thacker has no idea how to spell “Che Guevara,” and neither did the judges of this stupid contest.
o pariah. u on fiah.
Since his essay was just a bunch of garbled bullshit from his sophomore Postmodernism 101 class at YALE, I decided to edit it down to just the most relevant words. I think it could be a catchy little ditty, maybe the Gen-Y “We Didn’t Start The Fire” or “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).”
Cut With The Kitchen Knife, by Hannah Hoch
In fact, if anybody out there wants to record themselves singing it to the tune of “We Didn’t Start The Fire” or “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It” we will declare it the National Anthem of This Recording. Anyway, here’s my dadaist reinterpretation of Rick Thacker’s NYT contest winning essay,
“The Posteverything Generation” by Rick Thacker
(edited/reintepreted/mash-up by Molly Lambert)
nature my generation, changing landscape Lit Theory. Lit Theory class jaded sophomore skinny jeans thick-framed glasses ironic shirt retro headphones Turkish Gold Wilco.
structuralism, formalism, gender theory, post-colonialism, iPod patriarchal world order of capitalist oppression Ethan Frome postmodernism, blase college-aged self-conscious.
Postmodernism difficulty negative naturalism, romanticism modernism. Anything can be explained. Parodic, detached, strange, post-war west generation ascendance explanation postmodern future
culture society. Class dead-letter postmodernism young Postmodernism movement post-everything, political popular culture postmodern world.
Post-Cold War, post-industrial, post-baby boom, post-9/11 “Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism,” Frederic Jameson “post-literate.” Tail-end century war civilizations, repressive social orders, privilege opportunity society.
Streets demand flag rebellion mall until we change! eyes opened education conception possible expanded privilege demand better world right’?
opposite war rationale, sign civil liberties, nothing Supreme Board desegregation carnage evening news.
campus petitions organizations names lists small-money contributions volunteer tutor sport Live Strong advertising breast cancer global warming.
Jameson “Pastiche” speech language borrowing words meaning chaos real life imitation imitation, re-envisioned original model relevant recognizable mass-produced individualism
postmodernism cohesion purpose direction post-everything pastiche use reuse cliches social age rapidly multiplying funds. live lives speak minds language language society people .
expecting, anticipating, nostalgic want don’t rebel not rebelling. wear defunct masks protest moral outrage, energy is on the internet, rapidly developing communicate ideas frustration chatrooms
‘radicalism’ Al Qaeda, the Weathermen Virginia Tech Columbia University 1968. technological revolution, revolution, revolution of the organization kid, real profound revolution visible.
progress, stop things, stories, threads narrative pastiche post language sense. writing revolution. words.
Y2K! BLOWN AWAY! WHAT ELSE DO I HAVE TO SAY?
DEAR WHITE DUDES,
SHUT THE F UP WHO CARES
or as one of the comments put it:
“last paragraph was weak sauce”
not weak sauce: The Amps. “Dedicated” is still the best song ever.
Pacer – The Amps: mp3
Mom’s Drunk – The Amps: mp3
She’s A Girl – The Amps: mp3
Empty Glasses – The Amps: mp3
Dedicated – The Amps: mp3
Molly Lambert is Senior Editor of This Recording Leonard Bernstein Lenny Bruce and Lester Bangs birthday party cheesecake jellybean boom.