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FAMOUS DEAD PEOPLE WHO WOULD THRIVE IN MODERN SOCIETY
In today’s edition of “Famous Dead People Who Would Thrive in Modern Society,” we look to Emily Dickinson. The introverted poet stayed indoors most of her life (which makes sense, considering she lived in Amherst) and relied heavily on her own imagination for inspiration—something very few writers are capable of doing these days. In the current era, Dickinson’s agoraphobic tendencies would be in keeping with how most people act. If you think about it, a large portion of the American population stays inside to work (which should probably have quotation marks around it). This fondness for indoor activities based around technology has made us daft mutes incapable of real conversation. Dickinson, of course, would flourish in this situation. Her time devoted to writing would be viewed as noble and respectable, as opposed to weird and ostracizing.
Moreover, her grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, was instrumental in establishing Amherst College—and we all know status and connections like these are indispensable in the modern era. How else is someone supposed to avoid working? The perpetual fear of death that seemed to plague Dickinson also wouldn’t be entirely out of place among the present generation, so intent to live forever while still looking youthful.
Dickinson’s eventual decision to essentially give up on writing altogether is another action that would make her fit right in with the twenty-first century. People succumb all the time to the pressures of life, enduring the long slow rape of unfortunate circumstances until one finally surrenders.
© Genna Rivieccio 2013
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