Tuesday, 3 July 2012



WHAT’S THE IDEA? THIS IS THE IDEA: YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR THAT YOU BOUGHT THIS YEAR ON SOME HUGE MORTGAGE SCHEME AND WILL HAVE TO REPLACE IN ANOTHER YEAR OR SO AFTER YOU’VE KILLED A FEW BIRDS MAMMALS AND MAYBE A CHILD OR TWO AND DRIVE TO THE SUPERMARKET PAST ALL THE DEAD SHOPS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT OUT OF BUSINESS BY THE SUPERMARKET AND PARK ON A HUGE EXPANSE OF CONCRETE THAT HAS BEEN PUT ON A FIELD OR A WOOD THEN WALK PROBABLY FURTHER THAN YOU WOULD TO A CORNER SHOP AND COMMANDEER A HUGE TROLLEY AND GO INTO THE SUPERMARKET AND FILL UP THE TROLLEY WITH THINGS YOU DON’T WANT DON’T NEED AND CAN’T AFFORD THEN HAVE AN ARGUMENT WITH WHOEVER YOU’RE WITH BECAUSE THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE IS BEGINNING TO DESTROY YOU AND THEN YOU QUEUE UP BEHIND A LINE OF SIMILARLY SOUL-DAMAGED PEOPLE THEN A POOR UNFORTUNATE KID OR PENSIONER WHO PROBABLY DREAMS IN BLEEPS READS THE BARCODES ON EVERYTHING AND DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR YOU SAY ANYTHING AND IS OBLIGED TO ASK YOU IF YOU HAVE A LOYALTY CARD AND IF YOU WANT CASHBACK (YES PLEASE I’LL HAVE THE FUCKING LOT BACK AND YOU CAN KEEP ALL THIS CRAP IN MY TROLLEY) THEN YOU HAVE TO CART IT ALL BACK TO YOUR CAR AND LOAD IT UP IN THE BOOT AND GET IN AND GET OUT OF THE GARGANTUAN CARPARK THEN DRIVE HOME THROUGH THE BLEAK WASTELAND OCCUPIED ONLY BY THOSE TOO POOR TO OWN A CAR AND UNLOAD IT ALL AGAIN INTO YOUR DREAM HOME AND THEN CONSUME IT ALL AND WHEN YOU’VE SHAT IT ALL OUT YOU HAVE TO FUCKING GO BACK AGAIN.

‘Slowly Downward’ ; Stanley Donwood

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