Thursday, October 20, 2005

Unsentimental nonsense -- and fart jokes

There's a lot of popular culture out there. Some of it appalls; some of it amuses. Some of it does both. Sometimes, once in a rare while, a movie or a book or a TV show makes you recognize yourself and the life you've lived. It more than makes you remember; it makes you feel it all again, the good and the bad. Your body holds itself in the awkward poses of adolescence. You care for a few breath-holding moments about the things you cared about when you were a kid.

For me, one of those shows is South Park.

Maybe it's all the Mormons. Or the fart jokes. Or the snow. But run this together with a showing of that documentary, Freaks and Geeks, and it's as good as going through my school yearbooks.

And it's back for another season.


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