“Rock-band worship is nothing new, of course, but the relationship between Darnielle and his fans has its own special hue. This is not the mass, global adulation of arena bands like U2. Nor is it fandom as lifestyle as practiced by Dead Heads. It’s the confessional-indie-troubador-and-his-flock-of-disciples model of Nick Drake, the Smiths, and Rufus Wainwright. Like those musicians and their tribes, Darnielle and his acolytes share an unusually intimate, and often pained, bond. Mountain Goats fans tend to have an air of sadness about them, and because Darnielle sings so openly and candidly about his own difficulties, he connects with his audience on a level that few artists are able to reach (the band is called the Mountain Goats, plural, but the group—and the fuss over them—is entirely about Darnielle). Darnielle sings about what his fans feel but can’t articulate. He’s their hero, but he’s also their soulmate, the one person in the world who understands them. That’s why Stephen Wesley and the legions of fans like him can’t get enough of the Mountain Goats. And that burden is crushing Darnielle.” via New York Magazine.
Are we in the midst of a suicide epidemic? And, if so, what is it about modernity that lies behind this contemporary death wish? via Standpoint.
“It can be, but it can be good for you, too—a fact scientists tend to ignore and regular folks don’t appreciate.” via Newsweek.
Predictable that we will see a spate of articles like this as the economy continues to melt down.
- Are You In Control? (indenialhealth.com)
- Is that glass half-empty, or half-full? Be careful – your answer may result in telomere shortening! (ouroboros.wordpress.com)
“Conservatives have never had, and never should have, a problem with elitism. Why have we allowed carny barkers to run away with the Right?” — National Review editor John Derbyshire via The American Conservative
Why libertarians don’t fit well within the conservative movement. via Policy
- Apparently I’m a libertarian… (notamalenurse.blogspot.com)
- Ron Paul has Plans to Help the Economy, Bring the Troops, End Drug War (lockergnome.com)