new neo noir

by uzwi

There’s the Tom Waits song about the woman who leaves a small town because she can’t accept lifestyle policing & goes west, to LA or wherever, to find the freedom to be herself. It avoids the reality of these situations, which I suspect is that if you ever do get up the energy to leave & be yourself, people from the town will follow you about thereafter, trying to introduce themselves into your new situation & earnestly advising everyone how to react to the things you say or do. The truth about that particular pseudo-existentialist sentimental cliche is that when they put up the sign “If you live it up/You won’t live it down”, what that sign actually means is that they don’t want you in their town but they don’t want you out of it either.