by uzwi

Screen+Shot+2016-02-10+at+19.10.36“The accusation of pretentiousness is ‘a form of social control’, designed to keep people in their place and protect the status quo.” Often used by a class against its own members. There was so much of that in the 1950s. But weaponised unpretentiousness soon becomes a pretension in itself. That’s why we moderns dress up as post-Edwardian farm labour while we call other people out for being inauthentic; and every cultural policeman you meet is suddenly both DH Lawrence & a really blunt bloke from a three-issue fanzine in 1982, with just the right kind of “working” dog. (The picture has nothing to do with this, I just liked it.)