Think capitalism would make a good musical? Rodgers and Hammerstein score the next big "bubble"? Julie Andrews as a vivacious young Bernie Madoff? Goldman Sachs bankers high kicking their stock tickers down another great recession, from Wall Street to Broadway? Capitalism certainly doesn't make a good film (the original "Wall Street" aside). "Atlas Shrugged" may just be the worst thing my unfortunate eyes have witnessed since "Two Girls, One Cup".
On a recent trip to Alexandria, VA, however, I had an genuinely enjoyable experience turning my rudderless consumption into sweet, sweet music-- the kind of music only a barcode scanner and a shelf full of cheese whip and aspirin can produce. The results weren't as immediate as I might like (and one of my scanners was busted) but I liked the idea. Credit to the artists Lindsay Hawks, Peter Lee and Alex Straub for throwing five minutes of recreational consumer shenanigans my way. In the wacked-out, dystopian corporate fantasy land that is suburban DC a little art-smart-amusement is always welcome.
Fuck Broadway. I'll wait for the album to drop.