—Li’l Thinks, Kate Carraway
“The sixties, unlike previous decades, seemed full of teenage money. No recession, no sense of danger. The young could run free, indulge themselves in whatever treats they wished. But now there is shortage once more, just as there was in the fifties. Attrition, continual pressure. So the new generation [of the seventies] takes few risks. It goes through high school, obedient; graduates, looks for a job, saves and plans. Endures. And once a week, on Saturday night, its one great moment of release, it explodes.”
Finally getting around to reading Nik Cohn’s iconic 1976 cover story for New York Magazine, “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night,” on the growing disco scene in the outer-boroughs of New York.
Pretty much encompasses all my favorite longform journo angles into one: cultural thinkpieces, character studies, musings on a movement, etc.
— My column on the Instagram/Facebook merge, and the meaning of a simple app and it’s $1 billion profit.
There are other magazines that subordinate the writer’s individual voice to an institutional voice—the New Yorker, for starters—but it’s strange for a rock magazine to do so, and even the New Yorker occasionally lets writers sound like themselves.
Pitchfork couldn’t develop intelligence on the individual level because the site’s success depended largely on its function as a kind of opinion barometer: a steady, reliable, unsurprising accretion of taste judgments."
n+1’s amazing feature by Richard Beck, “5.4”, taking down Pitchfork, and citing how its most problematic tendencies are emblematic of the current state of indie rock.
The feature’s tone reminds of that Adbuster’s piece by Douglas Haddow, about Hipsters being the dead end of western civilization (I think it was called “Hipsters: The Dead End of Western Civilization”). It has that same sarcastically dry tone, where it ends up sounding more like a dense oral history. Also, mad rare to get an entire n+1 feature online. A damn treat!