Saturday, November 6

The World According to America

Given the So What? events of this week, and the fact that my gut is full of Wifebeaters, and the fact that there's a cat playing the piano inside my head, I'll let the guys at Jigsaw Lounge tell it like it is, with their infamous maps of The World According to America.

ADDENDUM: I trust that anyone who's read some of my previous posts is aware that I am not your tick the box anti-American Europhile, but it's impossible to deny that these maps reference some kind of truth, albeit a warped one.

The thing with these cheap, swift satirical swipes is that they often end up being embraced by the very people whose views they're attempting to lampoon: an old example would be Harry Enfield's Loadsamoney character, who came to crystallise the ascent of money as the prime cultural signifier during the Thatcher years.

Darting back to the old prime cultural signifier, the now emphysemic novel, I'd cite Martin Amis' twin towers, Money and London Fields, as being by far the best delineations of those years, and those attitudes (indeed they top and tail the arc of Thatcherism); moreover in my humble they humble what I suppose would be seen as their US counterparts, Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho and Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities - the latter reminding me that there are those who would insist that William Makepeace Thackeray nailed all this a hundred and fifty years ago (treble 20, treble 18, double 18. Yeah, cheers).


posted by DD @ 10:28 


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