This Essay Is Nothing Special: A Fascinatingly Ordinary Portrait of the Author as a Hopelessly Average Young ManPosted by Mathew Klickstein, October 3, 2013 12:05 pm No Comments Filed under: Original Essays.
"Irreverence implies a word or act that strips a person or thing of its dignity, but a subversive word or act that is irreverent on the surface may be an attempt to restore a dignity or autonomy that has been lost to those in the margins." – Mary Ruefle
What, are you kidding?
I was never supposed to have a book released under the auspices of a major publisher. Certainly not one chronicling such a significant cultural bellwether as the First Kids' Network, Nickelodeon.
Me? I was the loud-mouthed roustabout whose only true talent as a boy was the inexplicable ability to roundly piss off both teachers and classmates alike.
I never did anything special, except perhaps when it came to the terrible decisions I would make, particularly during social events.
I recall thinking it would be totally cool to wear my extra-large, black Ren and Stimpy shirt to a junior high school dance.
I was mistaken.
(As mistaken as I was about dousing myself with half a bottle of particularly pungent cologne.)
You're not supposed to do those kinds of things. Certainly not if you're trying to win the affections ...