Monday, November 10, 2008

It's Official, Ryan Adams is a Dick


Ever since the release of Gold, the follow up to the great and criminally underrated Heartbreaker, it has been increasingly difficult to take Ryan Adams very seriously. In the past, he has been involved in 'creative' battles with his label, released three shitty albums in one year, and recently penned his own novel/collection of stories and poems entitled, Infinity Blues. He has been quoted as describing his written work as "the jewel of my life's work". What made Adams' work in the past decent, and even enjoyable in some cases, was his ability to successfully toe the fine line between being a sensitive musician able to authentically communicate feelings of loneliness, alienation and sadness, and being an overly earnest, pretentious dickhead singer/songwriter type. Clearly, with this statement, his balancing act has come to an end.

In most cases, a statement like this would be enough for me to write someone off as a dick, not worth my attention, but Adams didn't stop here. Instead, he forced me to continue paying attention to him by publishing one of the most idiotic and pretentious piece of writing I've ever read. In the Fall 2008 issue of MIT's World Policy Journal, Adams published an article entitled "How to Save the World from Doom: Where You and It Are Headed". Adams was asked by the journal's editors to reflect on what his world might look like in 25 years. Instead of actually sitting down and making a legitimate attempt to think about things like politics, war, religion, the environment, racism, etc., he merely coped out of putting any real thought or effort into the article by responding with a poor attempt at a philosophical/artistic musing on the future.

After beginning the article with a short and incoherent introduction filled with a number of grammatical missteps and an overwhelming sense of self importance, the article proceeds to repeat the phrase "stay in the moment" over and over again. By over and over again, I mean three and a half full pages of this single phrase. And then, after subjecting his reader to this bullshit for three pages, he has the gull to end the piece by stating, "...and fuck you if you don't understand, but you just time-traveled by skipping ahead". Oh Ryan, you are such a deep and tormented soul...But seriously, how could we not understand? This might be the most obvious thing I have ever read. I am appalled that a publication produced by an institution like MIT would even publish this sort of pseudo-artistic bullshit. I wonder what Chomsky, Krugman or Yablo would think about their alumni publishing such dribble. Click here to read the full article for yourself.

Ryan Adams is a dick. I mean just look at that picture if you don't believe me.

6 comments:

Black said...

Ryan Adams is a dick, though I don't mind the song 'Come Pick Me Up' from the Elizabethtown soundtrack.

ah, fuck it said...

I posted a link to this blog entry on Ryan Adams fan site. The link and my post on the board was quickly taken down and shortly after I received this private administrative message:

"um.... can you take your annoying opinions elswhere please? you could only guess what reaction you'd get on this site by posting what you posted....

im sorry ryan cant be everything you want him to be..... but we can appreciate what he is thank you...... try some bullshit again and you get banned.... not that you'd care...."

Looks like not only is Ryan Adams a dick, but his fans are a bunch of censoring facists. Guess it's not all that surprising.

Black said...

That is so great, excellent work Red...

emjay said...

flawless victory

Samuel Ramos said...

This pompous fuck is the type to shove those hideous glasses up his ass, and then call it art.

Gertrude Stein is not smiling down on him, if anything she is spitting on this piece of shit who claims to be an artist. Stein mastered the art of writing, was respected for it, and then played with words in her own delightful way.

Adams...stick to music and forever correcting poeple that you are not Bryan Adams. Leave the thinking and writing to others.

Black said...

Ramos is alive and well. How the hell are you big guy?