Does the world need another Interpol album? I ask because El Pintor is best described as “another Interpol album.”
As ever, these enduring human flaws manifest in their most absurd, cartoonish form at the nexus of Washington, D.C. neoconservatism, and Fox News. “What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what happens?” Bill Kristol said of ISIS on the infotainment network. ”I don’t think there’s much in the way of unanticipated side effects that are going to be bad there.”
On the other hand, weddings represent the exact opposite of potential. They are, as traditionally imagined, about the foreclosure of possibilities—and, particularly, the possibility of romance with other people. “The one.” “Forsaking all others.” Etc. This is the subtext of the marriage vow, whether it follows a time-honored script or a unique one: “I am choosing you above everyone else.”
And the additional subtext is about timing rather than timelessness: “I am choosing you, now, no matter who else comes along later.”
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