Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Everybody Hurts...

I have been recently given a book by one of my youth called: Everybody Hurts, an essential guide to emo culture. What a great read, it's a smart and funny look at a cultural trend of Emo's - short for emotional.

I was a teenager during the late 90's as the goth trend swept through and was pretty sure Emo is the same redesigned trend giving those that are alienated a group to belong to and be part of, which cut away from the popular mainstream styles. But as I am learning from my youth and this book it is not fully so... Obviously I am very early in the book, but I have enjoyed the humor and the outlook the writers have so far. So far all the things they describe to be Emo I would say describe all the adolescence and you can simply replace Emo with, Jock, Artsy, Skater, Rocker, Grundge, ect. each has its group of friends, dress code, language, do's and dont's, the psychology to belong is very much the same no matter what the final product looks like. In fact by many of the descriptions that the book describes, I could very well be Emo...

But I am really enjoying the style the book is written with; their honest and fresh and open to laugh at their own quirkiness and yet be very protective of it...

Here are some quotes, a bit out of context but I enjoyed them so here they are:

Looking at Emo Ancestors - "Make no mistake William Shakespeare was emo to the core...Not only did [his] works inspire a million basement poets to pick up a quill, a pen, or a keyboard, but we're pretty sure he was at the forefront of the men-wearing-women's clothing movement. Just check out those frilly-collar shirts he's always depicted in. "

Effort (lessness) of being an Emo - "Being emo is all about trying really hard to look like you don't really care. Being indifferent isn't as easy as it looks. It requires effort. Why spend two hours slathering your hair with pomade, taking a straightening iron to the bangs and the back, then shaking the whole mess out and matting it to your forehead to look like you just took a nap, haphazardly slept on your 'do, suddenly rolled out of bed , and bolted out the door? Because merely sleeping on your coif would be too easy and wouldn't look natural. When you're emo, you're constantly looking to invent unnecessary obstacles so that you can over come them."

2 comments:

Kelly said...

Paul, (re: second book quote) isn't all adolescent behavior some weird way of creating work where there is none and avoiding work where there is some? Just one parent's observation...!!

Paul Morgun said...

I totally agree Kelly!