Sunday, August 22, 2010

But...I like this book

Newsweek recently released a list of the best countries to live in (I would say "in the world," but that's redundant, isn't it?...not to Newsweek). Your Scandinavian countries rank highly, probably because of pristine environs and great health care. Not surprisingly, the United States didn't rank in the top ten, but surprisingly, Australia did.

It came in fourth.

Now, I don't want to say Australia is a shithole, but fourth best? That's almost bronze medal territory. What did they do to deserve that honor?

Well, anyway, good for them. I won't be going there anytime soon, but I'm sure it's a lovely country. However, that isn't good enough for them. Australia also wants to shit all over Everything is Illuminated, the first novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. It was later turned into a movie by Liev Schreiber. I enjoy both of the products, but the book is more quirky.

Well, Honda of Australia says that the novel is hipster. Wha? This is news to me. I don't claim to have my finger on the pulse of hispterism, but usually hipsters and I have as much in common as Gordon Gecko and Janis Joplin. I know the novel is quirky, but how could something turned into a major motion picture be an icon of the hipster movement? It just doesn't make sense.



In conclusion, fuck you, Australia, for bringing this to my attention.