When I hear people complain that their kids are interested in making music but not the “right kind” of music, I think along the lines of Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry’s conclusions here. One thing can definitely lead to another.

A large public is daily at a further remove from the literary temper of a Martin Amis who could refuse to read 1984 because Orwell used the worn expression “ruggedly handsome features” on the first page. The editor of The Onion — of all people well-placed to suvey the Zeitgeist (if that word hasn’t itself become a cliché in English) — attacks the meme-menace with a will.

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