On our various programs (but mostly on Top 5), I’ve spoken repeatedly about my occasional need to submerge myself in a sad book, movie or (mostly often) song, and wallow a bit in angst. It’s a habit that, admittedly, a lot of people don’t really get or share with me, but it’s as much fun as the terror of a Stephen King story, the exhilaration of playing my Spider-Man vidja game or that quiet superiority that comes from watching my wife’s reality TV.  Recently, though, I doubled down on the solemnity again and watched all of ‘Lost In Translation’, a story of emotional entanglement, infinte sadness and ennui that is still making me sigh a day later. It was, in an odd way, both devastating and enjoyable, which leads us to today’s inconsolable query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) believes that art’s main job is to make you feel something, even if it’s something you don’t entirely recommend, asking: What pop culture do you enjoy in spite of the fact that it fills you with infinite sadness?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Malone_hasco on

    I don’t really do that much. Perhaps some pro wrestling involving a wrestler who has passed tragically and too soon.

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