“My success as a smaller brand relative to huge fast fashion brands focuses on… the most important thing and that you have to believe in oneself. Compared to big businesses, being successful to me is to make things that only I can make and others can’t.”—Jun Takahashi (via keepsdiary)
“What you see is a lot of pretty people, a lot of good looking people making music today. And I think you could start there and say, “What is that all about?” Because, for instance, in hardcore and post-hardcore music, when you would go to live shows you would never, ever think you were going to see a good looking woman at one of these shows. People were outsiders. If you had the looks and the social standing, you were not going to cut yourself off from society to be a punk rocker. And I think what I feel, when I look at the bands I say, “But these people could all be in the sororities and fraternities and getting MBAs.” It’s a viable career path to make noisy rock-and-roll. So I think the candidates that we get to choose from have already filtered on the level of forming a band. I think people are saying, “Well, we gotta get four good looking guys. We gotta look sharp.” All those British bands, they don’t have any fat bald bass players and we can’t afford to have them either. So I’m not sure the voices we’re hearing are the voices we would hear if there was nothing to be gained by being in one of these bands except artistic exploration.”—David Berman (of the Silver Jews) in a previously unpublished interview with David Malitz (via breathnaigh)
…and who’s more in-touch with “real people,” it’s striking how all the discussion centers on the consumer, and none of it considers, for just a minute, the retail worker: the hourly-paid, benefit-lacking working stiff today who doesn’t get that holiday between Thanksgiving and the weekend off, but…
Q:What about the ruling class in America? How likely is it that they’ll have an open fascist system here?
Chomsky:I think it’s very unlikely frankly. They don’t have the force. About a century ago, in the freest countries in the world, Britain and the United Sates at the time, the dominant classes came to understand that they can’t control the population by force any longer. Too much freedom had been won by struggles like these, and they realized it. It’s discussed in their literature. They recognize that they’re going to have to shift their tactics to control of attitudes and beliefs instead of just the cudgel. It can’t do what it used to do. You have to control attitudes and beliefs. In fact that’s when the public relations industry began. It began in the United States and England. The free countries where you had to control beliefs and attitudes, to induce consumerism, to induce passivity, apathy and distraction. It’s a barrier, but it’s a lot easier to overcome than torture and the Gestapo. I don’t think the circumstances are any longer there to institute anything like what we call fascism.