Saturday, July 30, 2005


Took a month off from American Fan, and now I'm back, posting today about the rise in extreme cage fighting in the Midwest. In a culture of war, aggression, hypocrisy, denial and barely controlled chaos, spectacles like these are to be expected, and actually cut right through the bullshit. Which is why, I suspect, so many young men commit to it. It gives them some measure of control in a world where they have none, and some kind of meaning where solid definitions are elusive. Plus, some guys just like kicking the crap outta each other. And if they can do it for fast dough, well then . . .

As for Red State and son, we're off to the bowling alley for more wretched pop music and Warner Bros. cartoons. We plan to knock down pins as well.