Why did I read this? Why did I just do that to myself? Aaagh. Damn you Sully.
Let me sum it up, to save you the agony: The Atlantic's Josh Green claims to have been an indie music critic, and a teenage fan of Rush (even describing himself as "worshipping" Neil Peart), yet somehow failed to recognize the heavy Ayn Rand influence in Peart's lyrics until he 'inadvertently' started a feud between Rush and Rand Paul via Twitter over Paul's use of Rush songs.
First, I call bullshit. No teenage Rush fan -- especially one who grows up to be a political journalist -- can possibly be ignorant of the Ayn Rand influence on Peart's lyrics. It's like saying you were a big Springsteen fan, but didn't realize his songs were about America.
I also call bullshit on Green claiming that he didn't realize Tweeting about Paul using Rush songs might result in Rush telling Paul to fuck off and stop. You got the controversy you wanted, pal. Don't be a tool and pretend it was all an accident.
Second, the anecdote Green leads off his article with -- one in which he gets dissed by the lead singer of Son Volt -- displays a horrific lack of self-awareness. Basically, Green did an interview with Jay Farrar (said lead singer), then went to the show and wanted one of the other members of the band to get Farrar's attention so Green could say hi to him while they stood around and watched the opening act. God forbid Green should have to talk to a lowly bassist or something, huh? And to this day he remains baffled as to why they all treated him like a dick. Gosh, Josh, maybe it's because you were acting like a dick? Just a thought.
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