"...The love of sound is a cult. Okay maybe it's not really a cult,
but it's a lifestyle whose roots run and dig deeper than
acknowledged in "In Defense of Expensive Stereos." However well
advised, the decision to become a lover of sound isn't the same as
the decision to drink RC cola-unless you were swallowing down a
whole RC culture with your RC cola. Assuming you can't walk, it's
better to bike to work than to drive; but for better or for worse,
the decision to bike rather than to drive is a decision to be
self/identified as a biker rather than a driver. Comic-book fans
like to argue that the love of literature and film should encompass
the love of comics; but their arguments seldom confront how the love
of comics tends to orbit around a culture of geekiness (and that's "geekiness"
spelt not-necessarily-in-the-good-way"). Even at the
culture's high ends of kool, reading manga or watching animé goes
way beyond straightforward and uncomplicated aesthetic appreciation;
it's also about the cultivation of a relatively arcane
connoisseurship. It's a lifestyle."
To read more, buy issue one.