“If there’s anything that will turn you into a foaming-at-the-mouth Tea Party[er] and get you throwing stones at every liberal shibboleth you can get your hands on, it’s going to Oberlin,” Fine says. (…)
“Any time you’re identifying strongly with a subculture that’s a minority in America, whether it’s weird underground music or libertarianism, you’ve gotta know that you’re gonna be kind of despised,” says Fine, drawing an analogy between outre art and politics.
“You’ve got to be a little bit pugilistic about it and furthermore, you understand yourself not just by the people around you but the people who are not around you and are doing the things you think are weak and inept.”
Nick Gillespie talked to Fine about how alternative and independent culture has flourished over the past 30 years and whether—Howard Jones be praised!—things may actually be getting better.
Good stuff about “trajectory” and “hate.”
PS: Sonic Youth? Like The Ramones and Black Flag, they sold more t-shirts than records. Logo logo logo.