The Fish
for 2 April 1997. Updated every WEEKDAY.
 
 
Suck Staff
 

Joey Anuff
Joey Anuff
Producer

 

Terry Colon
Terry Colon
Art Director

 

Ana Marie Cox
Ana Marie Cox
Executive Editor

 

T. Jay (the man) Fowler
T. Jay Fowler
Production Manager

 

Heather Havrilesky
Heather Havrilesky
Senior Editor









Suck Alumni
Suck Alumni Text
 

Carl Steadman
Carl Steadman
Co-Founder

 

Sean (Duuuuude) Welch
Sean Welch
Suckgineer

 

Owen Thomas
Owen Thomas
Copy Editor


 

The Unheimlich Maneuver

What is this? Is Suck turning
into some sort of literate
journal of post-ironic social
commentary? If I wanted to
read Freud (or read, PERIOD),
I'd go to class instead of
sitting here in my hovel
sucking on your Web site. I
really like looking at the
pictures, though. Bring back
the drivel!

Dan Sheetz
<daniel-sheetz@uiowa.edu>

The drivel hasn't gone
anywhere, Mr. Sheetz, it's
just hiding out in a
post-ironic pseudo-academic
disguise to trick the kids
into thinking Suck is some
kind of high-minded journal
of critical thought. And
guess what - they seem to be
buying it!

 
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Heaven's Gate

I read on CNN that all of the
bodies were found wearing
brand new Nikes. The cult's
message? Just Do It. Even as
our rat race becomes a
lemming race, it's easy to
point and laugh at those who
commit mass suicide in the
name of hitching a ride on a
UFO. But in doing so, we are
ignoring the similarities in
philosophy behind our actions
as consumers and their
actions as religious freaks.
There was no UFO behind the
comet, and there are no
hidden muscles or latent
tendencies towards physical
fitness hidden in those
shoes. Just like the sheep
held within the walls of some
religious compound being
bombarded with promises of
the afterlife in return for
their dedication, we stare
into the TV screen, the
billboard, the glossy
magazine pages at the
ever-present "swooshtika." It
promises health, mental
clarity, physical attraction
- you name it (if you buy
it). Sure it won't kill us,
but tell that to some
12-year-old girl slaving in
an Indonesian sweat shop.

What goes around comes around?

Sean McCullough
<bankshot@nmt.edu>

Nice prose, Sean. What
excellent marketing by Nike,
don't you think, to get those
cult members in their shoes,
knowing that the ensuing
Internet-Doom-Cult media
fever would give them better
exposure than all their Human
Speed 12-Step Program
commercials put together?
You're growing, Sean. Can you
feel it? That's why you're
here.

 
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Sucksters -

39 shrouds with 39 protruding
pairs of identical Nikes,
played incessantly on every
channel worldwide? You just
can't buy press like that.

I guess the job of encouraging
the terminally hip to just do
it gets a whole lot easier
when you can pitch it as
footwear for both this life
and the next. Air Jordan? I'm
waiting for Air Manson.

Cheers,

Jon Chester

Wake up, Jon. Of course you
can buy press like that - but
only Nike can afford it.
Where do you think they got
that styley pad, anyway -
Santa Claus?

And as for the rest of you who
haven't registered your
thoroughly original and
insightful opinions on the
Heaven's Gate-Nike
connection, please, send them
in.

 
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Higher Source

You have probably found it by
now, but I think the Web site
of those guys who passed
beyond in California can be
found at:

http://www.cris.com/
~font/pro/main.htm

Love your stuff.

Dennis Delay
<delaydc@nu.com>

You must think us
cold-hearted indeed to set
this fish loose within Suck's
copious barrel.

So what if you're right.

Watching MSNBC's coverage of
the events in San Diego last
night evoked in at least one
Suckster a perverse nostalgia
for the days when Suck
content was created on the
fly, cruising on a giddy
media high that was the
product of equal parts
cynicism and
sleep-deprivation.

We're just as cynical as we
ever were, just better
rested. You'll have to wait
'til next week for Suck to
comment on Higher Source.
Whether it'll be on their
cosmology or their HTML we
can't say, but.... Talk about
killer Web sites....

 
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Under Your Breadth

Was there a Suck on Wired
Style
? After a friend noticed
my unfortunate purchase (for
a class no less), he
mentioned the New Yorker
article and Suck in the same
breath. I wasn't able to
discern from titles in the
Barrel if this particular
publication had been singled
out for abuse.

selena <selena@basil.uoregon.edu >

Are you sure he didn't say
"That New Yorker article
sucked"? Hmm ... on par with
The New Yorker. We must be
slipping.

I think the article to which
your friend refered is:
"Going in Style," by LeTeXan

http://www.suck.com/daily/
97/02/21/

Good luck with the bio-pic,
btw.

 
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Enlightment = Free. Cookies,
However ...

To Suck staff:

Perhaps you could enlighten
me. What was the intended
purpose of your article?
Humor? Irony? Bringing to
light the dark hypocrisy of
the Girl Scouts?

I really would appreciate a
straightforward explanation
of the purpose behind your
incomprehensible (to me, at
least) editorial style. Who
reads this stuff and enjoys
it?

Thanks.

Michael Darby
<mdarby@cisco.com>

 
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Hi, Michael -

Thanks for your note.

While I wouldn't try to explain
the purpose behind our
"incomprehensible editorial
style" or describe "who
enjoys it" any more than I'd
attempt a critique of the
connections between
Protestant solipsism and the
rise of petty capitalism, I
can say without equivocation
that our mission is to have
fun and make lots of
money.... Not unlike that of
Girl Scouts....

E.L. Skinner

 
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Conspiracy Theory 101

Subject: Escaping The Man

I knew sooner or later the
suits would come to their
senses and try to stop you.
Congratulations on having the
guts and ingenuity to keep
one of the best sites on the
Web operating!

Walter Bauer
<wbauer@dyniet.com>

With courage and strength, we
shall prevail! You can keep
The Man down! The suits will
not be taking over the
asylum!

Thanks for your continuing
encouragement and support.

 
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Didn't Have the Latin for It

What's "n.b.," stand for
please? Thanks again for the
continuing quality of Suck.
Are you fans of Might?

Rich
<Rich.Engel@prograph-inc.com>

That's "n.b." from nota bene,
or "note well" for you
rustics out there. Usage: The
folks at Suck seem to like
Might a lot, n.b. the fact
that Might's parties tend to
involve large quantities of
free liquor. You can also use
it to call attention to
something your conversant may
have overlooked. Like, say:
Nice letter, Rich; n.b. the
carriage return key's utility
in creating space between
thoughts.

 
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