The motto of fun social nihilism can be “no gods, no masters, no heroes, especially not alt-writers,” but here is supremo alt-writer Mark Leyner’s autonomic outlook on social reality:
Bro, we’re living in the Kali Yuga, a Dark Age of petite bourgeoisie ideology, a petite bourgeoisie ideology whose resources and ruses are infinite and which ubiquitously permeates the world—high culture, low culture, bienpensant media, prestige literature, pop music, commerce, sports, academia, you name it. The only reasonable response to this situation is to maintain an implacable antipathy toward everything. Denounce everyone. Make war against yourself. Guillotine all groveling intellectuals. That said, I think it’s important to maintain a cheery disposition. This will hasten the restoration of Paradise. I’ve memorized this line from André Breton’s magnificent homage to Antonin Artaud—“I salute Antonin Artaud for his passionate, heroic negation of everything that causes us to be dead while alive.” Given the state of things, that’s what we need to be doing, all the time—negating everything that causes us to be dead while alive.
This is primo shit – in line with my postulation of the supersystem, along with all the necessities of fun social nihilism, and I’ll put a good beat behind it and listen to it a few dozen times.
It’s good, man, but there is a chastening boredom in “denouncing everything.” Antipathy to a lot of stuff, sure, but be a little easier on what passes for okay in social reality, and rejecting the mock-heroic “negating everything that causes us to be dead while alive.” Better to have job, to get a paycheck doing an incredibly stupid form of non-work, working at nothing so as to stay away from the sense of doing nothing, that’s far better, more salutary and commensurate with the insurmountable verities of common human existence, than being a feted former writer, formerly of the David Letterman show interview chair.