Wednesday, June 8, 2011

*Everyday Chatter

HuffPo followed up on the Fat Black Pussycat story--the owner of Panchito's says the Pussycat "was a cesspool" and "Ninety percent of what's in the Village isn't" worth preserving. [HP]

Astor Place demolition to begin July 1--here comes another monster glass tower. [EVG]

The High Line 2 provides "an airborne front yard for a post-industrial suburb," says Justin Davidson, where you can spy on wealthy condo inhabitants as they "spend hours cuddling their laptops." [NYM]

And on the new Meatpacking Whitney: "is the only way to experience contemporary art really in a huge hall that blends the aesthetic of the Soho loft with the dimensions of a hockey rink?" [NYM]

More anti-thrift: Young people believe that having tons of credit card debt empowers them. [RS]

$10,000 bottles of wine at new bikini brunches. [Grub]

6 comments:

Goggla said...

I don't know about the credit card debt...maybe if mom is paying the bills, there isn't any stress, but from what I hear, graduating students are terrified of this burden.

maximum bob said...

Good lord, what a compendium of
douchebaggery...I don't know how
much more I can take !

Caleo said...

Of course the young folks feel empowered by debt. It means not having to deal with reality for another 5 years or so. I didn't even have a credit card until I was 37, and only to take some classes, and then promptly paid it off. Millions of little dingbats graduating with degrees in fields that can't support them with 6 figure debt. If that isn't a recipe for societal disaster, I don't know what is.
As far as the rest of the douchebaggery... strap on your seatbelt, because there's alot more where that came from.
My personal belief at this point is that our postmodern Leviathan is producing and then wallowing in this extreme decadence as a form of extended collective adolescence. It is all so far beyond being over the top that at a certain point you just throw up your hands and try to wait out the storm. Kinda like having a bad flu, just hold tight until it passes.
And make no mistake, this endless overindulgence WILL PASS.
We, as a society, cannot maintain this nonsense forever. It's kinda like the Roaring Twenties times 10.Or maybe times 1000.

Nick said...

Well, also keep in mind that while you can't dismiss the irresponsible excess, it's also worth remembering the fact that our generation of 20/early 30 somethings have been told since childhood that the only way to "build your credit" and thus become a more complete and upstanding member of society is to go out there, get credit cards, and rack up a few purchases. Granted this doesn't absolve these people from damn stupid decisions, but I think as many are doing it to establish themselves as full members of the community as much as succumbing to the urge to fill their lives with stuff. (And that just makes this whole credit treadmill all the more pernicious, really)

Anonymous said...

i think we should get some really, really obese people who would be willing to dress up in tiny bathing suits to descend on the brunch one day. if you are a big tubbo and have a bunch of flabby friends (who are all OK with that... some people are) i'm sure we could get a collection up to pay you guys to do this. that would be awesome.

Jeremiah Moss said...

i like this idea. there are Fat Pride organizations out there. maybe you could suggest it to them.