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2 of 5 stars

Tras decepcionarme con su Ready Player Two, por qué no terminar de descender la espiral del oprobio y leer los poemas de juventud de Cline. Empezando por el título que los agrupa, The importance of being Ernest, que pretende hacer un segundo juego de palabras sobre Oscar Wilde pero que en realidad lo deshace y lo deja tirado en la acera.
Empieza fuerte, quejándose de que a él siempre le han dicho que "antes las cosas eran más difíciles" las anteriores generaciones, para inmediatamente después hacer lo mismo él con la siguiente generación, de manera absolutamente no irónica sino "pero es que esta vez sí que es verdad".

When I was a kid
adults used to bore me to tears
with their tedious diatribes about how hard things used to be
when they were growing up,
what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning,
uphill, both ways, through year-round blizzards,
carrying their younger siblings on their back
to their one-room schoolhouse
where they maintained a straight-A average,
despite their full-time after-school job
at the local textile mill
where they worked for .35 cents an hour
just to help keep their family from starving to death.
And I remember promising myself that, when I grew up,
there was no way in hell
I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids
about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it.
But now that I’ve reached the ripe old age of 28…
I can’t help but look around and notice
that the youth of today—
You’ve got it so fucking easy!
I mean, compared to my childhood,
you live in a goddamn Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today,
“You don’t know how good you’ve got it.”[...]

Hay otro sobre "porno amateur con chicas normales" que claramente cruza la frontera de la vergüenza ajena, hay una apología del friki en el concepto dañino del friki, que es el obsesionado de star wars y otros productos de cultura popular de masas:

[...] He wants movies.
He wants to see the Director’s Cut.
He wants the impossible to find Japanese bootleg with
6 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
He wants to watch Blade Runner. Again.
He wants to watch Brazil. Again.

He wants to watch A Clockwork Orange.
Again and Again!

But I deprive him of these things, as best I can,
until I can no longer ignore his voice
screaming in my head.

I am Jekyll. He is Hyde.
I am Bruce Banner. He is the Hulk.
Especially the Hulk from issues #272 to #378. [...]

Hay unos cuantos así. Ninguno salvable, a mi parecer.

El autor publicó esto tras petarlo fuerte con Ready Player One y mientras preparaba el lanzamiento de Armada, que fue un Ready player two prematuro e igual de malo. Se vino arriba. Habiendo completado la integral del autor, veo que Ready Player One fue lo que fue y ya no hay más en el lugar de donde vino.

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