Mike, I appreciate the sentiment but this article seems more like a result of you having a bad day than a legitimate or realistic concern. (Even Glenn O'Brien himself once said that he stopped writing art reviews because he realized that most of the time the positivity or the negativity of the review was affected by the quality of his day). Anyway, J.Crew is (was) a classic menswear brand that has since entered the realm of "fashion". That is, it is beyond being classic menswear and is now looking to profit from providing a supply of clothing that fits the current popular aesthetic. Also, you say it yourself in your letter that J.Crew is a very large corporation. Large corporations take liberties in advertising/marketing messages - this is not new and certainly not a very big surprise. My point in writing a comment to you is that we really don't have very much control over what corporations say in their advertisements (short of lying about a product that induces sickness or death) and that there are probably much bigger things to worry about in your immediate personal life.
I feel ya, Mike, but we must remember the old adage, separate the art from the artist.
It is true that he's fallen back on this whole blues 1-4-5 adventure, but he still fires out some interesting phrasing here and there.
When he was behaving as a precocious teenager in the interviews, I think he was just taking his opportunity to say the things that any of us who are critical of the state of our society would say if we had the chance (or were brave enough). I'm in my mid twenties, and while I'm grateful for living in NYC and attending fun shows and parties and all, I can't help but think of the cost that my and everyone else's excess here causes for those who weren't born fortunate. Year after year, capitalism is raising its ugly beast head, the gap between richer and poorer is getting wider, and with these things comes the loss of personal connection as everything becomes a product for profit instead of something genuine.
-older people like Bob Dylan still had a taste of the authentic, but it (increasingly) is now a hard pressed find, and this is why he laments
It really sounds like you're a guy who just got dumped by an awful significant other and Dylan is the friend who is telling you straight up that it was problematic and not worth it but you're offended because you don't want to hear the truth.
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