Monday, March 26, 2007

Bumper Sticker Watch

Separate cars, but parked on the same block.

Bumper Sticker #1: I am a Miracle! Yep, praise God, all of us are. Too bad it doesn't prevent severe rust damage to our '88 Chevy Blazers.

Bumper Sticker #2: The Piano Sucked. Got a Problem with That? This is the most inexplicably combative movie review I've ever seen anyone paste to their car.

Mine would say "Honk if you found American Beauty entertaining but somewhat overrated!"


Blogger Nate said...

I'm impressed that the bumper sticker makes it clear that it's talking about the 1993 movie, as opposed to the keyboard instrument.

The oddest bumper sticker I see around Arlington is the one that says "My cat is my honor student". Haven't seen the driver yet but I'll bet I know what the inside of that car smells like.

3/26/2007 9:36 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

I saw an "I [heart] Adorno" bumper sticker in Portland the other day. As much as I, myself '[heart]' aspects of Adorno's discourse, I can't say I fancy the bumper sticker. Seems kind of misguided - anyone whose read much Adorno shouldn't also be into bumper stickers, should they? Or advertising that they've read Adorno?

I mean, I drank out of 25 oz. mug at a bar in Boston (named after Bukowski) with "Theodor Adorno" engraved on the side for nearly two years, and man, it never stopped being awkward. (I really should've gone with Walter Benjamin).

3/27/2007 5:22 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

Maybe "I [heart] Adorno" is a twisty little meta-criticism about how even philosophical commentary gets parcelled up and commodified after a fashion by the culture industry, such that merely reading the bumper sticker and recognizing that you "[heart]" this object called "Adorno" -- not the man or his various writings, but a kind of shorthand for what it means culturally to be familiar with his ideas -- suggests that you've consumed this capsule-like, productized version of Adorno's work uncomfortably similar to the cultural entities whose production and distribution Adorno wrote against.

Or maybe it's just a pompous smarty pants' car, I don't know. I'm not really familiar enough with Adorno's works to fairly evaluate that bumper sticker.

3/27/2007 8:07 PM  

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