Sunday 18 January 2015

Article: Dude, Where's Your Car?

Tom Vanderbilt explains how not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser:

"Greenberg is just the most recent film in which a character's non-automobility—whether for lack of a car or for lack of the ability to drive—is used for comic effect, whether as a metaphor for a deeper personality flaw or as a token of marginality and/or plain creepiness. As the humorist Art Buchwald once observed, 'People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.'"

Link: Slate: Dude, Where's Your Car?

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