The Big Ideas of 2012

The American Dream

I have no deviant desires.
The American Dream
Brent Humphreys

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I am married and I live in the suburbs.

My street looks like every street you have seen in every commercial since 1957.Ever since I first came here, I couldn’t think of living anywhere else.

I have two children – both bright – a girl and a boy. I can’t wait to watch them grow up.

I love my car. My impeccable home. I love being fit, and I love a good day’s work. I love being straight and never confused about my sexual identity. I love my wife. I love being monogamous.

I love my neighbors who come out on Saturday mornings and cut their grass, and chitchat to me while we washdown our cars and driveways.

Every second Saturday, after the kids are safely off to bed, I take a Viagra. My wife and I will then finish watching our Saturday night crime drama, and then for the next 20 or so minutes I remind my wife of why she really married me in the first place. After which she usually takes a Sleep Eze-type product because she says she likes getting a good Saturday night sleep.

The kids are always up early on Sunday mornings, diligently doing their homework at the kitchen table, while Mom bakes cookies and makes bread in her new breadmaker. That’s when the kitchen really shines. We don’t go to church, except for the high holidays, but we still know we are blessed.

My wife booked us a trip to the Caribbean. She said we could get double airmiles if we put the entire trip on our VISA card.

When our neighbors ask how the trip was I tell them it was brilliant, just as theirs had been. It’s not a lie.

Sure, we all comb our hair the same way, and we are a little obsessed with dandelions and flossing our teeth. And so what if we all like to go to the same movies, watch the same TV, and eat the same popcorn. It’s a good life here.

Uncomplicated.

I’m not a complicated man.

I have no deviant desires.

—Sherwood Hinze

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Anonymous

I don't think he'll have, tomorrow, a piece that rails against the crushing conformity of inner city blacks or urban liberals or the rural poor.

Based upon what you write, it seems pretty apparent that he is talking about what he knows; he hasn't adopted anything whether it be a meme or something else. I believe that such talking about what we know is a component of art.

The objective fact that his Deviance would not be accepted elsewhere doesn't preclude or invalidate what he knows. In other words, the fact that he didn't criticize other similar cultural constructs shouldn't detract from his specific criticism or work. Why is it that his piece would be less bothersome to you if it criticized other similar cultural constructs?

In even other words, so what if his own brand of deviance doesn't tend to go over well in other communities. so what.

Anonymous

I don't think he'll have, tomorrow, a piece that rails against the crushing conformity of inner city blacks or urban liberals or the rural poor.

Based upon what you write, it seems pretty apparent that he is talking about what he knows; he hasn't adopted anything whether it be a meme or something else. I believe that such talking about what we know is a component of art.

The objective fact that his Deviance would not be accepted elsewhere doesn't preclude or invalidate what he knows. In other words, the fact that he didn't criticize other similar cultural constructs shouldn't detract from his specific criticism or work. Why is it that his piece would be less bothersome to you if it criticized other similar cultural constructs?

In even other words, so what if his own brand of deviance doesn't tend to go over well in other communities. so what.

Anonymous

I see what you're saying up to a point.

It's just that if a person or group blames a group they are predisposed to dislike for x behavior that is not by any means exclusive to that group, I suspect that it may be disingenuous.

There are bankers that are Jewish, and Jewish bankers who have taken part in robbing the treasury, but if a group predisposed to anti-semitism decries, "The Jewish Bankers Who Have Robbed the Treasury!" then well.. you see where I'm going.

Anyway I do agree that art has no responsibility to be all inclusive.

Anonymous

I see what you're saying up to a point.

It's just that if a person or group blames a group they are predisposed to dislike for x behavior that is not by any means exclusive to that group, I suspect that it may be disingenuous.

There are bankers that are Jewish, and Jewish bankers who have taken part in robbing the treasury, but if a group predisposed to anti-semitism decries, "The Jewish Bankers Who Have Robbed the Treasury!" then well.. you see where I'm going.

Anyway I do agree that art has no responsibility to be all inclusive.

Anonymous

I just don't see a whole lot of "blame" for his Deviance in this piece. Also, the piece doesn't strike me as coming from a predisposition to "anti" anything. It's very conceivable that he is or was part of what he criticizes.

I'm seeing the piece as an attempt, on his part, to demonstrate the absurdity or possible tragedy of Deviance in some instances.

Anonymous

I just don't see a whole lot of "blame" for his Deviance in this piece. Also, the piece doesn't strike me as coming from a predisposition to "anti" anything. It's very conceivable that he is or was part of what he criticizes.

I'm seeing the piece as an attempt, on his part, to demonstrate the absurdity or possible tragedy of Deviance in some instances.

Chris Honeycutt

See, that's where I'm at. I don't know if this is about "blame."

It might even be about "loss." If a couple of internet goons can find out his history in a matter of seconds, what about potential employers?

It might be an elegy for a life he's lost.

Chris Honeycutt

See, that's where I'm at. I don't know if this is about "blame."

It might even be about "loss." If a couple of internet goons can find out his history in a matter of seconds, what about potential employers?

It might be an elegy for a life he's lost.

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