After weeks of close contests and national debate, the fraught competition to decide America’s ugliest accent has finally come to a dramatic close. And the winner is that moonlit, magical city—the Paris of Allegheny County, the Venice of the Ohio Valley—Pittsburgh, City of Jagoffs.
After Peyton Manning tossed his record-breaking 509th career touchdown last night, the Broncos’ receiving corps took the newly historic ball and razzed their quarterback with a seemingly impromptu game of keep-away. It was fun to see the stoic and anal-retentive Manning hopping around like a kid on a playground, for once not in complete control of everything that was happening on the field. Until we found out the whole thing was choreographed.
“I had this beautiful idea, we might have gotten a bit carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. A drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs, that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”—
Whether or not I listened to their new album (i didn’t) or was a little bit annoyed by their automatic download (i was), I really understand what he’s saying here. Trying to share something that you’re proud of is a very delicate process. You simultaneously want to shout it to the rooftops and also let it happen quietly, slowly, and organically. For all of his tiny obnoxiousnesses and literal rose-tinted-glasses approach to life, he is still pretty self-aware, and I doubt you could get such a poignant quote out of any other artist that would have found themselves in this same predicament.
But you know, I still count Rattle And Hum as one of the best rock films ever made, so.
Five years ago, if you would have told me that in 2014, websites like Gawker would be linking to valuable Buzzfeed reporting (1, 2, 3, 4) and lambasting Vice for the way that they bow to brands (1, 2, 3, 4), I would have laughed you right back to the login page.
oh sure I mean we now have an epidemic knocking down our doors, terrorists whose penchant for brash, chaos-driven imperialism is only matched by their unsettlingly good social media presence, and fresh revelations that not even the president is safe, but yeah, sure, let’s go see that horror movie about that doll that is alive or something.