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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

licensed to ill

so, found this today while writing my last post.

and i gotta say, it really makes me physically and mentally ill. to see kerouac's greatness being bastardized and perverted in that way, in a way that goes against everything kerouac, his writing, and his ideology stood for, in a way that supports capitalist consumerism, well...

it's nauseating.

and the funny thing is, it comes from the "official" jack kerouac website!

absolutely disgusting. and a blasted shame.


  • At 6:20 AM, July 20, 2005, Blogger The ZenFo Pro said…

    Its sad, but, like everything else that starts out as being a product of independent thought, Kerouac has become a consumer-friendly brand name.

    I actually laughed when I saw that the same manufacturer also produces the Von Dutch line. Von Dutch, for those outside California, is one of the Founding Fathers of customized hot rods - the man who made repairing old cars into an artform. The guy's a West Coast legend.

    And now he's just a trendy trucker hat hanging off to the side of some kid's head.

    It sickens me, too, this era of unchecked consumerism and outspending-the-jones we live in. Folks with Ramones ringtones on their cells, but who don't listen to the music. Kids who buy "vintage" tees made in some sweatshop, because buying recycled clothes at places like Goodwill doesn't give the satisfaction of a Designer label.

  • At 9:54 AM, July 20, 2005, Blogger Ogbuefi Stephi said…

    i know, it's so wrong!
    yeah, the whole von dutch thing is hilarious. hilariously sad.
    the problem is that so many kids these days (and sadly, i include myself in this generalization) don't identify with past generations culturally, and only can take the positive images they want through consuming it. and then it's not the same thing any more, but a diluted version of the past, an illusion.

  • At 10:19 AM, July 20, 2005, Blogger Ogbuefi Stephi said…

    you know what, your comment has put me in mind of a poem...
    check back. i'm gonna come up with something.


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