Driving Blind: Crime Fiction and Strange Bedfellows

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Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, gamingvulture.tumblr.com. And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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  1. Avatar Glyph says:

    Noam Chomsky: “More than at any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”Report

    • Avatar greginak says:

      I admit the thought of donut, bacon and egg sandwich is a bad portent and sounds gross, but no need to go overboard.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        “We are a people who lack defined goals. We have never leaned to love. We lack leaders and coherent programs. We have no spiritual center. We are adrift alone in the cosmos wreaking monstrous violence on one another out of frustration and pain. Fortunately, we have not lost our sense of proportion.”Report

        • Avatar greginak says:

          Worst Dunkin Donuts ad ever. Not saying it won’t move some donuts and bacon, just a bit over the top.Report

          • Avatar Glyph says:

            “My good friend Jacques Monod spoke often of the randomness of the cosmos. He believed everything in existence occurred by pure chance with the possible exception of his breakfast, which he felt certain was made by Dunkin’ Donuts.”Report

          • Avatar Shazbot5 says:

            “We are a people who lack defined goals. We have never leaned to love. We lack leaders and coherent programs. We have no spiritual center. We are adrift alone in the cosmos wreaking monstrous violence on one another out of frustration and pain. Fortunately, we have not lost our sense of proportion.”

            Fortunately, at Dunkin Donuts we can lead you to a special you can love: our Love and Sense of Belonging Combo. That is an Egg and Bacon French Toast Sandwich, served with an ice mocha chocolate coffee, and three donuts glazed to spiritual perfection.

            So don’t wreak monstrous violence. Avoid that incoherent frustration and pain. Come on down to Dunkins.

            No, we haven’t lost our sense of proportion. Get a super-large coffee and an extra 3 donuts for only 99 cents more!

            Hurry on down and set your goals for Dunkin Donuts.Report

    • Avatar Shazbot5 says:

      Does the path to total extinction take us close to Target? Because I have shopping to do, and I’d rather not take any path that takes me too far away from my errands.Report

    • Avatar Chris says:

      Oops, that was meant as a response to Glyph.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        And you guys think I am not familiar with the works of the great modern minds…Report

        • Avatar greginak says:

          We know you are familiar with great modern minds…….you read and comment on the LOOG.Report

        • Avatar Chris says:

          Every time I think of Chomsky, I think of his (in)famous debate with Foucault. In fact, the one time I met Chomsky, I asked him about it. I think that thought of a real event may now have been replaced with a hypothetical one: Chomsky’s debate with Woody Allen.

          Chomsky, “That means trying to overcome the elements of…”

          Allen, “I… uhh… insurance salesman?”

          Chomsky, “No, repression and oppression.”

          Allen, “Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?”Report

  2. Avatar Ethan Gach says:

    this thread is brilliant.Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    I started to say that McKinty thing was a stretch, despite the fact that he’s nicking Moz lyrics and talking about bands I like (and, well, crime fiction) – maybe I just felt my interests were being pandered to and was overreacting against that, because upon further reflection I think he might be onto something.

    I know Irvine Welsh is technically Scots, but Trainspotting is crime fiction, and it was one of the biggest international literary splashes to come out of the UK in the last couple of decades (well, that and JK Rowling, obvs.)Report