Saturday, August 8, 2015
Metamodernism, part 2
Metamodernism is fiercely personal and therefore fiercely public. It takes away as much as it gives, but what it gives is not what it takes away. It isn't about the siege. It is the siege. It becomes tender because it has to be confrontational. We both grew up in an age that gave us no choice between savagery and peace. The only choice lay in severity and flavor of purpose--Pearl Jam or Nirvana. For me the choice was a no brainer. But the flavor of a singer's disquiet was what I could never express outside myself, so I subsumed the world that everyone might get it.