Watch this interview (clicking on the image above links to it on YouTube - you will have to bear the ad) of Neil Young by Jian Ghomeshi on 'Q' - fairly short, ten minutes - and maybe you will see what I mean by 'the rhetoric of authenticity' as exhibited by Neil Young. Maybe watch a couple'a times until you get it. Or not. You may also see the CBC buddy, wazizname, doing a capable, credible, job of threading the easy-ride/rough-ride needle - his skill being exactly in the threading (and concomitant inauthenticity). Or not.
He doesn't seem to know just what he's said when it slips out: "I guess the question is if it's something that big, that systemic, that revolutionary to change ..."
There are a number of other interviews & press-conferences you can easily find on YouTube; even one of the concerts entire if you're willing to pay for it.
The mainstream press is focussed on the predictable. Easy enough to find them with Google if you want that kind of thing. The only even vaguely interesting ones are the Official Attack Poodles: Ezra 'less-than-a-lawyer' Levant and Rex 'not-quite-a-Rhodes-Scholar' Murphy. One of those late-night TV marketeers should do up a set of $9.99 ceramic bookends of this exceedingly odd canine couple (both spayed) in appropriately apoplectic day-glo colours.
In the (sort of) alternative press: Rabble recycles a piece by David Climenhaga: The 'Petroleum Party' in full cry about Neil Young; and (Wait a sec! Here's something!),
Tyee's Ian Gill actually begins to get a look at it: Neil Young to Harper: Fear Our Emotion!.
Almost all of the political cartoons I come across on-line are uncomprehending and unkind (or, in the case of Ingrid Rice, incomprehensible), and none of them is very funny:
Only Brian Gable seems to have a glimmering. This appears in The Globe and Mail (of all places):
Is it plain talk or is it entertainment? Is it culture? Is it literature? Myth? Ficção?
Is it cynically anaesthetic television with many layers of manipulation & exploitation cloaked in double & triple & quadruple irony-bypasses selling soap? Is it hits like: 'Dexter', 'Breaking Bad', 'Low Winter Sun', 'Forbrydelsen/The Killing'? There's a long list of 'em. I watch without a TV, without ads, but sometimes an episode will slip through the download with Geico or Froot-Loops or whatever kind of soap it is embedded.
Is it nonsense from the likes of John Gummer/Lord Deben which wouldn't matter so much if he were not the chair of the UK's Committee on Climate Change saying it with an official imprimatur (in The Guardian)?
Is it more nonsense from the likes of Connie Hedegaard, ex-Danish Environment Minister, hysterical hostess of the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, now the EU Commissioner for Climate Action (in The New York Times)?
Is it more nonsense from the likes of Christiana Figueres, current UNFCCC Secretary (in her post-Warsaw press release)? "Keeping governments on a track towards a universal climate agreement in 2015," say fricken' what?! This is the bottom line on all that bullshit ideology around mandatory positive thinking - is that it?
These are supposed to be the good guys?! Bollocks.
(Oops. Sorry. Got carried away.)
The pervasive imagery in Neil's 'Fork in the Road' album is of his automobile as a woman, girlfriend, lover, muse. This reminds me of ee cummings' 'she being Brand-new':
I like it, but I'm suspicious of fetishes except as artefacts.
A couple of eu-words (cf. correctitude) might help bring some perspective:
eunoia (well mind; beautiful thinking)
which is in Wikipedia but not the OED - Doh? ; and,
eunomy / eunomia (a political condition of good law well-administered).
Several additional words, also possibly useful in the context:
tinge (a slight admixture of some qualifying characteristic; a touch or flavour of some quality);
temperament (constitution or habit of mind; natural disposition).
Note the spelling - there is an 'a' in there; and,
poetaster (petty or paltry poet; rimester).
I had this last one wrong - thought it applied to critics & hangers-on, not artists.
An exercise to perhaps assist in sharpening the blade:
Edward O. Wilson cf. Jared Diamond cf. David Suzuki cf. Neil Young.
These assumptions make me uncomfortable, misgivings, gas ...
... but that's the kinn'a guy I often am - a nasty & unpleasant quibbler.
So ... listen to 'Fork in the Road' (the tune not the album, lyrics & YouTube link here) a few times, watch the interviews again. What's he sayin'?
See for yourself. Think for yourself. Make up your own mind.
What's left of it.
The little frame to the left started out as a shot at the Leafs (hockey team) by Moudakis in The Toronto Star a few years ago.
Glenn MacIntosh of ecoSanity changed it up to 'The Harper Government' adding subtlety and eloquence in the process.
"Who'll remember?" indeed.
I praise him but he don't talk with me. None of 'em do.