Archive for May 7th, 2008

Stephen King shits the cot

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

I’ve already touched on Stephen King here at meatlights regarding his stereotypes of Italian-heritage characters. To date I’m the only person on the web who has ever pointed this out.

I’m not personally insulted by King’s Mediterranean “racism” since I long ago stopped reading him and even his best novels are littered with stereotypes, primarily Magical Negroes and a literal army of bastard children with supernatural powers.

I haven’t read any King books cover to cover since The Green Mile. I read the last part of the final Dark Tower novel in the bookstore and felt really bad for people who actually gave a crap about Roland, as it was one of the most atrocious cop-out endings ever.

For Conservatives who used to read King, author of classics The Shining and The Stand, and his readers still bothering today, all should be grateful that his overly-long, wordy novels don’t have nearly as much liberal proselytizing as they could have.

Lately King’s been getting a lot of well-deserved heat for this snarky aside, given to high schoolers:

“I don’t want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don’t, then you’ve got, the Army, Iraq, I don’t know, something like that. It’s, it’s not as bright. So, that’s my little commercial for that.”

So far King refuses to apologize for these thoughtless remarks while many of his fans try in vain to spin what he said into a positive. Nice try, but no matter how hard King denies it, he wrote Dolores Claiborne and Insomnia.

I ask you King fans which is more believable:  that the bulk of today’s soldiers are not only literate but college-educated, or King’s wife Tabitha and son Owen (cleverly-disguised as “Joe Hill”) got book deals on their own merit.

Don’t take too long to answer. Other than this post, I don’t give a shit.

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Empty spaces fill me up with rage

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Hell is other people; never is this more true than at the gym. If there isn’t a flexing jerkoff around, flitting from bench to machine to mirror like a hummingbird on roids, it’s one of the 30 or so idiots that work there, I don’t know how they afford so many employee/trainers.

The other evening a hot girl and I arrived at the same time and shared the same area of the expansive gym floor. (Hotties to me are nothing but commodities to be afforded later in life. Other than ass they have nothing else I need or want except their perpetual absence). Like the other 12 or so hotties that attend the gym, “Tits” either worked there or arrived joined at the hip with some juicehead who had yet to make his appearance.

I got no vibe from her but she was making quite the spectacle of herself, alternating between doing light weight sets then picking up a fucking jump rope. Now jumping rope is a great way to make your heart explode if you don’t have a shotgun, but whipping it around a la Rocky Balboa takes up a lot of space. Why this idiot had to do this in the free weight area…I guess it was just convenient, plus it was just the two of us.

Until her fine young man joined the fray.

When “Crewcut” touched the small of her back in greeting I imagined strangling them both with the jump rope. I’d even have a choice of which rope to use: that’s right, Crewcut brought his own rope and was doing the same irritating routine as Tits: lift, rope, lift, rope. I didn’t like having to walk around the huge whipping spheres of motion they created. They only jumped rope at the same time. How cute!

One of my strategies to reduce contact with the jerks is to select a bench far up the row of free weights lining the mirrored wall. Not many dudes casually pick up any dumbbells over 100. However, Crewcut found a reason to saunter down to my end and pick up the 85s. He then stood in place in front of the rack, dumbbell in each hand, doing a faggoty shoulder-shrug. In doing so he partially blocked my magnificent view of myself in the mirror-wall, where I practiced throwing that same look that Eddie Murphy gives the camera in Trading Places after the “BLT” line. You know the one: the director had Murphy do over 30 takes to get that look just right. It paid off, and I was still practicing mine when Crewcut finally went back to his jump-rope,-baby-dumbbell-titties-spandex-maiden.

Was he fucking with me by coming over to where I was? Trying to be Alpha? The part of me that wanted to kick the shit out of him thought so. Otherwise, to hell with him.

What prompted me to even comment on these two loveturds is that they quit the free weight area at almost the exact same time I did. When I came out of the locker room I found them shooting hoops in the glass fishtank half-court. I felt the urge to kill them both, always do when the timing of life is off. You mean, these two assholes finished their routine at the same time I did, even though Crewcut arrived 10 minutes later than Tits, and now where all 3 of us had been in each others’ way for over 35 minutes there was NO ONE occupying the area?

I felt the same ridiculous paranoid rage I do when waiting in line for something involving a long counter of multiple tellers or clerks and two of them open up at the same time. Not only does this make me mad that I gain no advantage from being one place ahead of the doof behind me, it just seems unlikely that two different people with two different situations ahead of me would finish in perfect synchronization.

The moral of the story is what it will always be on this planet: Hell is other people. If I’m ever a floating soul in front of a judging God or Jesus or 3 Stooges, I’ll tell them the exact same thing, it’s the finest sentence ever written: Hell is other people. I never bothered to make it a quoticle. This sentiment should shine through in all the work I do.