The Simpsons

-We don’t think you’re slow but on the other hand, it’s not like you go to museums or read books or anything.

-You think I don’t want to? It’s those TV networks, Marge. They won’t let me– one quality show after another, each one fresher and more brilliant than the last. If they only stumbled once, just gave us 30 minutes to ourselves. But they won’t! They won’t let me live!

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Regina Spektor – Hero

Power to the people, we don’t want it, we want pleasure

And the TV’s try to rape us and I guess that they’re succeeding

And we’re going to these meetings but we’re not doing any meeting

             And we’re trying to be faithful but we’re cheating, cheating, cheating

 

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The Sopranos

Paulie Walnuts: Amazing thing about snakes is that they reproduce spontaneously.

Tony Soprano: What do you mean?

Paulie Walnuts: They have both male and female sex organs. That’s why somebody you don’t trust you call a snake. How can you trust a guy who can literally go fuck themselves?

Tony Soprano: Don’t you think that expression would’ve come from the Adam and Eve story? When the snake tempted Eve to bite the apple?

Paulie Walnuts: Hey, snakes were fucking themselves long before Adam and Eve showed up, T.

D. DeLillo – Mao II

Who do we take seriously? Only the lethal believer, the person who kills and dies for faith. Everything else is absorbed. The artist is absorbed, the madman in the street is absorbed and processed and incorporated. Give him a dollar, put him in a TV commercial. Only the terrorist stands outside. The culture hasn’t figured out how to assimilate him.