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Beyond the New Sincerity: What is a Post-Post-Ironic Sensibility?

by Grubby   If you've seen The Lego Movie, you know that its tone is playful, self-deprecating, and whimsical. It has themes, but refuses to be ponderous about them. When the Master Builder Vitruvius states the moral message of the film in so many words (something along the lines of "You are special if you believe you ...

The Young Man with a Carnation

by Grubby   A short story for you to read this weekend: Isak Dinesen's "The Young Man With The Carnation." Isak Dinesen's hero Charlie Despard couldn't be better named. A successful author dogged by the sure feeling that his second book will be trivial, he is sent reeling by a chance encounter with the eponymous young man, ...

Nowhere, USA

by Grubby   Right now, in every town or city in the country, the same thing is happening: some kid who has recently learned that he is supposed to feel limited by his environment is trying to think of a way to twist the name of his town into a clever variant of “Nowheresville.” You used to get this in small towns, but ...

Asked and Answered

by Grubby   Do you find yourself swimming in recursion? Are you confused by your own enigmatic remarks? Is your life wrapped in so many layers of irony you can’t keep track? You need the new “Ask Meta-Life-Hacker Filter.” ...