Usually practitioners get better with age (writers, conductors, visual artists, directors etc..). However the shelf life of sportsmen and pop culture musicians (to take the Adorno definition) seems to be relatively short, with a very narrow ‘sweet spot’. They are in many ways the pursuits of 'young people’.
Perhaps this is why a certain type of person (usually men) obsess over sport and (usually obscure) music. It’s a way of holding on to (and in many ways enhancing) a lost adolescence.
2008-07-25 07:56:00 GMT permalink