Monday, October 5, 2009

Dispatch From the Other Side of the Rubicon

If you are reading this right now it means that I am in a a very dark place: Minnesota.

Where do I start? Trying to write about this game, I was reminded of Chuck Klosterman's review of "Guns N' Roses" (really just Axl) Chinese Democracy:

Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It's more like reviewing a unicorn. Should I primarily be blown away that it exists at all? Am I supposed to compare it to conventional horses? To a rhinoceros? Does its pre-existing mythology impact its actual value, or must it be examined inside a cultural vacuum, as if this creature is no more (or less) special than the remainder of the animal kingdom? I've been thinking about this record for 15 years; during that span, I've thought about this record more than I've thought about China, and maybe as much as I've thought about the principles of democracy. This is a little like when that grizzly bear finally ate Timothy Treadwell: Intellectually, he always knew it was coming. He had to. His very existence was built around that conclusion. But you still can't psychologically prepare for the bear who eats you alive, particularly if the bear wears cornrows.

How do we even begin to talk about this game? What do you compare it to? I have no clue. But this is it.

This is really happening.

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