I could never take the place of your man.
"I guess this is growing up, though the Jackass Forever lovefest says more about how we’ve changed than how they have. Jackass, which professionalised the animal impulse of young men to do stupid shit, is part of a lineage of art which demonstrates how the animating force in much of America is boredom; skateboarding and hardcore punk are natural bedfellows, and Jackass, which has its roots in amateur skate videos, is cousin to a song like Big Black’s confrontational 'Kerosene,'…
Gambling as the Western myth of America as the open road and the promise of reinvention—just drive and drive until you’re someone new—vs gambling as the latter-day Western reality of tribal gaming licenses:
“Washa Casino, what kinda name is that?”
“Then where’s all the Indian shit?”
Where indeed? America’s got debts no honest man can pay. Paul Schrader’s guilt-ridden men in rooms—Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle; semi-reformed druggie John LeTour; Toller; Tell—live monastic existences but keep diaries in which they…