Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Moccasins, the hoarding of Cool

When I was up in Montreal recently with my dad and sister, I bought a pair of genuine Indian moccasins--and these are certainly NOT Minnetonkas. Pfft. They're suede with sheepskin lining and little beads and their monstrously comfortable; I just want to wear them 24 hours a day. And all this for just $30. I was, however, a little miffed to learn soon after I returned from Montreal that moccasins have apparently come into fashion. WHAT?! Now I'll just feel like some trendy teen when I wear them, and not like an Indian princess. I actually find myself feeling bitterly towards people who I see wearing moccasins. Hello, mine were made by an Indian chief!

Speaking of this kind of thing, it should be generally acknowledged how AWFUL it is to discover something really cool and then have it become mainstream. Not only moccasins. Also Fountains of Wayne (only popular because "Stacy's Mom" was on MTV), Wilco (though not so much), Sky Captain, tweed jackets, Strange & Norrell (well, not yet, but it was #3 on the NYT best-seller list when last I checked, so it won't be long), The Lord of the Rings, iPods, Modest Mouse, etc. etc. You just want to yell out: I knew about it first! I know how angsty and self-centered that sounds, but nevertheless I'm sure most of you can relate.

In terms of things we must keep a secret: H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman (though he's pretty famous. But still.), graphic novels, GOOD anime, the Russian Night Watch trilogy, Light, the Flaming Lips, the Shins, Rufus Wainwright, Harold and Maude, Belle & Sebastian, and the New Pornographers. Oh, I know--many of those things are already passing into the general conscience, grr.

And now I must stop procrastinating and instead go study for my math, science, spanish, and english tests set for tomorrow. Ay caramba!


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