Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Sunday, September 19, 2021

She: I just… think… we’re all overdue… for a reinvention, y’know?
Me: How do you mean?
She: It’s like… cultural, man. Y’know? Like, see that kid with the KISS tshirt?
Me: Yeah?
She: That’s… what I mean… Like, how old… is that, anyway? Like from the ’70s? He’s like 12… where’s… the new stuff, y’know?
Me: So there’s too much old stuff… still in circulation?
She: Yeah… I mean, yeah. Isn’t there?
Me: I agree, actually.
She: It’s… yeah.
Me: I mean, how long can these bands, and movies, and all that, stay relevant?
She: That’s it, man. It’s… Relevant? No… just… time…
Me: Time… for a change? Somehow?
She: Yeah… I mean… you get it, right?
Me: Think so.
She: I’m making sense, right? Seventies, eighties… shouldn’t still be around, right?
Me: No. At least, not as much. I totally get it.
She: Totally… Change, a reinvention… a new… set of… point of reference.

Despite my companion’s spaced-out delivery, what she was saying struck home with me, because I’d been pondering that same sentiment myself, and for a long while. Rather than expound upon it, I’ll let the above exchange stand, as insubstantial as it is. And punctuate it with this Ernest Hemingway quote from “The Sun Also Rises”:

“How did you go bankrupt?”
“Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”

Because I have a feeling that this is just how this zeitgeist will work itself out.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2010 09:42pm
Category: Pop Culture, Society
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retro no-mo
I’m really sorry that I never learned of Fred Bobrow’s Retro Arcade Museum, an all-you-can-play oldschool videogame emporium in Beacon (right across the Hudson from my old hometown), before it got shut down:

Whatever the case, the City Council this month passed a new ordinance allowing arcades, under certain circumstances. It was too late.

Mr. Bobrow says that after being closed for three months and having to repay deposits from customers, he is now broke. He is selling his house and liquidating his collection. The storefront is now one more vacant one, and you can bet that Beacon won’t find a similar attraction to replace the museum.

Not that you have to venture far around here to get your vintage coin-op fix. There’s Chinatown Fair and Barcade Brooklyn, to name just a couple of reliable repositories of old games. But still, I’d like to have checked out this upstate attraction just once.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/19/2010 05:53pm
Category: New Yorkin', Videogames
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