One of the saddest moments in my life came during high school, when a friend and I were discussing the works of Simon & Garfunkel.  He explained to me that he lived his life by the rules set out in the lyrics of ‘I Am A Rock’, and how personally helpful the idea of having NO emotional attachments or interactions was to him.  I was floored, then appalled, then finally just incredibly depressed at what I considered to be the misinterpreted message there, as I’ve always heard that song as the empty words of a miserable man whose emotional detachment was destroying him.  The idea of believing in it is utterly alien to me, which leads us to today’s purely subjective query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that the strongest example I can think of is Frank Miller’s elderly Batman from ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ taking shortcuts because he just can’t do what he once could somehow transitioning into mainstream comics as “Batman is willing to break all the rules and will literally kill anyone he wants”, asking: What’s the worst pop culture example of a misinterpreted message in your mind?


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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.

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