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December 06, 2011


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I love this. I love this like I love boobs in a church and here's why. All too often, enthusiasm is sacrificed to the knowing nods of intellectualism. Because the dance-your-pants-off fascination is sacrificed to our concern about image.

It's David dancing for joy before the ark of the covenant, naked in his enthusiasm, while his wife stands over him and says, "OMG NOT ON THE INTERNET!"

Or something like that.

Yes, yes! This is a thing I'm getting at--it's that "sunglasses on" posture that inevitably ossifies into something creeky and merely ironic (and I think we can all agree that there's a big difference between "irony" and "merely ironic"). Enthusiasm is nude waterskiing and Byron with a hangover so bad he has to write "We'll go no more a-roving" about it and liking both language poetry and formal poetry.

King David would have loved the internet.

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