I'm slow, I guess. Are we to file it under "integrity" that these viciously easy (straw-man) analyses/takedowns of Kinkade's pop/sinister atrocities have continued uninterrupted in the wake of his grisly, longtime-coming, alcohol-accelerated suicide? Is that what this is? A steadiness of comic purpose? (Integrity?) He was an interpersonal pill, no doubt, and his art was excruciatingly, sublimely bad. But I don't know--no one else is unsettled to read these now? Kinkade was the worst. Of course. Well-established. The odd pleasure we might take in the singular horribleness of Kinkade's work has been deeply mined by writers for years, pre-Awl. These pitch-perfect artschool-paper-parodies have been good fun. But now? Well-trod. He fucking hated himself. He wasn't without self-awareness. Why tamp the dirt down? Maybe time for an editorial revisit?
@triggermarie Same. I was so completely Angela Chase--and Patty was so my mom--that I can't even bear to watch episodes in adulthood. And I had a Rayanne Graff...as one does.
My obvious choice, then--given that brand of sulky boyhood--is BuffyFuckingSummers.
Dave Bry. Dave Bry. Dave Bry. Dave Bry. (They were sweating on me, if pleasantly.)
I'm in it, right?
My name is, my name is, my name is
the silly thing, Gallaway? You rocked this, hard. Well played. "The Biggest Lie" would crack my top ten, but no quibble: you know your Du. Thanks. Anyway: back to the silly thing. I had to use your brilliant post to take down the chief Awldicks (Matt,Jolie,ArtYucko,etc.). I know they're not going anywhere. But neither am I. Annnd: Awl credits.
Just: Who is this Matt? And it's on, I know...so: And what about you, Jolie? Awl primary smugcommenters, you're merely Fale shite, right? And I'm here to help.
@Matt Finally. Really? Finally. Details, Matt. Matt. Matt.
Matt sucks. Matt is dumb.
@Dave Bry That's great. But: Same, re: Turn On the News. Except that's a slippery slope. Then it would have to be a Sugar-Husker-Solo LWC, and that would surely get violent, possibly with swords involved.
@Flashman Also, let's not forget: with precious little screen time, Robert Downey Jr. fashioned the proto-douche. On speed, no less.
Well said. I love Weird Science.
However, here's my comment-remix (edits bracketed):
"While I appreciate its placement at a fairly respectable No. , I think history will judge [Sixteen Candles] to be Mr. Hughes' masterpiece, the work in which his recurring themes of adolescent longing, insecurity, and the search for identity came together with the most profound resonance. Also, [Anthony Michael Hall's finest character, one so iconic Hughes didn't even bother to give him a name]."