Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Oh Well, Whatever, Never Mind
"With the lights out
 It's less dangerous
 Here we are now
 Entertain us
 I feel stupid
 And contagious
 Here we are now
 Entertain us"
- obviously
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I've never been a die-hard Nirvana fan, nor really much of a grunge-head. (Though I do find a small handful of Soundgarden songs irreplaceable – see "Jesus Christ Pose", e.g.)

But I do remember exactly where I was standing when I first laid ears on "Smells Like Teen Spirit." (*) This fact (viz the vivid memory) is not insignificant.

I think that, in eight bars and four squelchy chords – in that one fell and distorted swoop, Nirvana simultaneously defined both Modern Rock – and Generation X.

I suppose it's slightly sad, and tired, to belong to another generation defined by its music. (Though, not wholly defined – we've also got Douglas Coupland.) But there it is.

And but so, while I'm not much of a grunge-head, and only a footling Nirvana fan . . . that song seems to me to be, and I expect will always seem to me to be, both significant and a signifier – and also immortal.

I also remember that my then-girlfriend Elizabeth had one single solitary item of decoration in her then-bedroom in her then-house in then-Sunnyvale. And it was this Christ-like pencil-line rendering of Kurt Cobain. I expect she would(/will) have no trouble getting onboard with the spirit of this dispatch.

And so there's that.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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