Following one article to another today I came across a copy of Trent Reznor’s comments about ticket scalping and the proposed Ticketmaster-LiveNation merger, which led me to reading more about Billy Corgan than I clearly ever have before. As a lifelong Pumpkins fan (I proudly claim Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness as my first music purchase), I have miraculously avoided learning about the epic destruction of Billy Corgan. The Superbowl ad in which he wrote a song specially for Hyundai should have been a sign, the Visa ad using “Today” should have made reading unnecessary. But before I get to this heartbreaking mess, a song:

The Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist

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Childhood dreams may be broken if you read on…

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Probably the most exciting day since… New Year’s Eve 1999? That’s the only other day I can think of that our entire country looked forward to for years. I expect that I’ll be called upon in my old age to remember what I was doing the day of this election, when America was at the crossroads of its history. Only history will tell if the man elected was right, so I won’t try to guess before history does. Instead I’m going to go out and dance on cars and watch CNN at a bar in either village. Huh, interesting how celebration and riot can be so similar… Here’s the list of Obama supporters again.

The Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist

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On my way to Union Square this evening a girl stopped me to ask me to support Children International. I talked with her for a minute but knew from the beginning that I wasn’t in a great position to be donating money to anyone. She wasn’t asking for a lot, it apparently costs only $22 a month to support one child, but when I told her that I couldn’t, she asked why. I’m not good at withholding information and so I usually go with the first response I can think of: “I don’t have a job.” She replied that I would be able to find one within three weeks if I start looking. I didn’t budge and then she nonchalantly suggested that I “put it on my credit card.” To this I chuckled–but if I had no job and no money, in what way does paying with credit make anything affordable?

This is a scarily accurate microcosm of how America became the world’s economic superpower in the 20th century. Somehow we have taught our citizens nothing about the cost of credit, much less money itself. It’s too bad that the things we bought with debt weren’t food for third-world countries.

The Beatles – You Never Give Me Your Money

The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock