The great philosopher Veronica Sawyer once said, “If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn’t be a human being. You’d be a game-show host.”  It’s a truism that I like to remember when I’m feeling run-down, brung-down, hung-down and all kinda mean nasty stuff, and it’s been especially helpful to me during my recent move and it’s resulting endless unpacking.  I keep a number of useful entertainments at hand (including ‘Heavy Metal’, season one of ‘Good Morning, Miami’ and the real big gun, Disney’s 1979 science fiction magnum opus, ‘The Black Hole’) for just such an emergency, and if things get really ugly, I have a complete run of Kurt Busiek’s ‘Liberty Project’ in a short box in my office.  (Watch for the exploding police cars!)  Indeed, feeling bad is sometimes worth it, if only on a pop-culture junk-food level, which leads us to today’s emotionally loaded query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has occasionally been known to hole up with frozen pizza and watch cartoons all day if things get really dicey, but the really rough days generally involve video game violence, asking:  What bits of pop culture are most effective at curing your bad moods?


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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. FarCry 5, which is a good mix of humour and shoot-em-up (Testy Festy ftw!), and music I listened to when I was happiest (University years, around when kids were born, etc).

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