Monday, April 10, 2006

Why Waste Your Time With Me?

So you think architects are supposed to be cool and culturally literate? Ha! Some of the worst know-nothing disconnected, oblivious, out-of-the-loop nitwits are architects. Fear not. Howard's not one of those. But still...

Cultural literacy is so relative.

Case in point: Today's James Wolcott blog. I've never seen a Fassbinder film. Although I've heard of him and I do recognize certain names being dropped about like so many pretty little bread crumbs of Greenwich Village legitimacy such as Joyce Carol Oates and Halle Barry and Tina Weymouth. Can't say I ever watched a movie with the Talking Heads bassist though. And who knew Ms. Barry's middle name is Maria?

The rest of the essay is purest mystery -- like walking the streets of suburban Paris (do Paris suburbs bear any resemblance to American suburbs? -- that's how out of it I am) hearing verbal floralities mascarading as philosophical profundities, but not knowing for sure one way or the other.

I'm so uncool. In my favor, I did see the Sam Peckinpah film, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. The rest of Wolcott's literary minuet? Either pretty words entertainingly composed or Deep Deep Thots. I can't decide. And I don't know why I love reading him so.

Yes, I am so uncool. But then I have to wonder: Why are you reading me? Could it be that cultural relativity thing?


Blogger Cara Lietuva said...

Methinks this be some false modesty....
You must have some shred of cool, if at the least from the coolness-by-job-title factor. Look at architects in movies--they're always handsome and rich. Are you going to burst the bubble of every architecture student and tell them the truth? Eh?

10:09 AM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger [illegal] architect said...

If you consider yourself uncultured, then that'll put me around the realm of trailer park redneck. I have no idea what those movies are even about, but I think I'll randomly refer to them just to sound smarter. I'm more of a book guy anyway.

3:21 PM, April 12, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

[illegal] architect,

Compared to James Wolcott, we're all trailer park rednecks. That, and his obvious writing talent, is why he's paid the big bucks by Vanity Fair. I do not consider myself uncultured and neither should you... even if you -- oh wait, I meant to say your "friend" -- ends up in the video game industry designing fabulous environs for offing Orcs and Trolls. I too am a book guy, but I also love my moovies... along with the occasional skosh of teevee dramas to keep me "regular". I'm a Blue State guy trying to meld within a mildly Red State filled with Red State clients, and all that.

10:26 PM, April 12, 2006  

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