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Oct 06, 2012
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The Psychic Soviet by Ian Svenonius

I love this book. It’s almost impossible not to want to read excerpts aloud to whoever happens to be in the room when you’re flipping through it.

A sampling of the ideas in The Psychic Soviet: rock ‘n’ roll is ”a capitalist cult, anti-semitism is an attempt by Christians “to eradicate all traces of their plagiarism,” Seinfeld “was designed expressly to rehabilitate the blighted American city,” Alan Greenspan is to blame for the freak-folk and electroclash genres, The Lord of the Rings “is the woman hater’s bible,” if rock ‘n’ roll is “blaxploitation” then punk is “gaysploitation,” and the DJ is the ultimate capitalist and star of the ruling class, who “like the rulers on Wall Street…has no actual talent except to play with other people’s labor.”

When asked how seriously people should take this book, Svenonius replied: “People in America are so binary. They think that if something’s funny that it’s not serious. If you can manage to be funny, that doesn’t mean that things don’t mean anything.”

Outrageous, brilliant, kooky, and totally hilarious.

The Psychic Soviet by Ian Svenonius

I love this book. It’s almost impossible not to want to read excerpts aloud to whoever happens to be in the room when you’re flipping through it.

A sampling of the ideas in The Psychic Soviet: rock ‘n’ roll is ”a capitalist cult, anti-semitism is an attempt by Christians “to eradicate all traces of their plagiarism,” Seinfeld “was designed expressly to rehabilitate the blighted American city,” Alan Greenspan is to blame for the freak-folk and electroclash genres, The Lord of the Rings “is the woman hater’s bible,” if rock ‘n’ roll is “blaxploitation” then punk is “gaysploitation,” and the DJ is the ultimate capitalist and star of the ruling class, who “like the rulers on Wall Street…has no actual talent except to play with other people’s labor.”

When asked how seriously people should take this book, Svenonius replied: “People in America are so binary. They think that if something’s funny that it’s not serious. If you can manage to be funny, that doesn’t mean that things don’t mean anything.”

Outrageous, brilliant, kooky, and totally hilarious.

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    And it’s pocket-sized, too!
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    BOOM DJ’s
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    Now I really want to check this out.
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