Max Landis And Post-Conspiracy Culture

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I have a friend. Or I guess I should say, I had a friend.
–Max Landis, “A Scar No One Else Can See”

Let me preface this post by saying I like Chronicle and American Ultra screenwriter Max Landis. I do. He’s a talented guy. And with a bit of editing polish, his recent sort of “off the cuff” exegesis on the songs of Carly Rae Jepsen, A Scar No One Else Will See, can make a really cool slim bestselling zeitgeisty volume.

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The New Fatalism, Part 3

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You know, if a week ago you had told me that the Chris Cornell saga would have “ended” a couple of months later with the lead singer for another of my favorite bands committing suicide—a friend of Cornell, killing himself in the same manner as Cornell, and on Cornell’s birthday yet—I couldn’t even come up with that as fiction. I couldn’t even write a story like that, because it would seem too on-the-nose and not something that would actually happen in reality.

I wrote my first “New Fatalism” post before Chris Cornell died, and in it I discussed the weird energy I was picking up in the pop-culture zeitgeist regarding the topic of suicide.

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Hi everyone…

Uh…well, maybe you heard, the lead singer for Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, just committed suicide. I am devastated. This was a band I had an active enthusiasm for to the present day.

I am fine personally, but I’m taking a break from my blogs until a week from now. I just…want to do as much stuff as I can outside of the internet to sort of process all of this. One of the things I was planning to do is visit a bunch of the spiritual-type places around NYC like the Theosophical Society, the Rudolph Steiner center, and so on. I think now is the time to do it.

One thing to think about is that Bennington had reported experiencing a lot of child abuse, especially, in his words, “getting beaten up and pretty much raped.” What are we doing as a society to specifically address the abuse that males experience as children—to defuse the sort of extra shame over it, and really deal with it? It is a question I am asking myself right now.

Next Thursday is the official one-year anniversary of this site, so it is a good time to go back to it.

Best,

Val

The 10 Most Paranoid Music Videos Of All Time

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There is the scary music video, the disturbing music video…and the specifically paranoid music video. In paranoid music videos you might see such tropes as The Guys In Suits Who Chase You For No Specific Reason, Is This A Dream Or Is This A Shady Government Experiment?, and the ever-popular My Evil Clone Has Just Confronted Me Oh Holy Jesus Fuck.

Join me, won’t you?

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