Nowadays, we never allow ourselves the convenience of being temporarily unavailable, even to strangers. With telephone and beeper, people subject themselves to being instantly accessible to everyone at all times, and it is the person who refuses to be on call, rather than the importunate caller, who is considered rude.
When you've got an extra gear in your head where that's all you do, you've constantly got a little radar up. ... And when something hits that strikes that beeper, hits that radar, it's like my song skills kick right in and go, 'Oh, OK, there's a song in that.' And then I start trying to figure it out.
[... ] almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley with some sort of 'psst' that you usually can't even hear because you're in such a rush to or from something important you've tried to engineer.
David Foster Wallace
Both destiny's kisses and its dope-slaps illustrate an individual person's basic personal powerlessness over the really meaningful events in his life: i.e. almost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley with some sort of Psst that you usually can't even hear because you're in such a rush to or from something important you've tried to engineer.
David Foster Wallace
There are new gods growing in America, clinging to growing knots of belief: gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon. Proud gods, fat and foolish creatures, puffed up with their own newness and importance. "They are aware of us, they fear us, and they hate us," said Odin. "You are fooling yourselves if you believe otherwise.
HIT EM UP I GOT NU THIN TO LOSE PASS ME A SKI MASKA GLOCKAND MY TENNIS SHOES I GOT NU THIN TO LOSE PASS ME A SKI MASK A GLOCKAND MY TENNIS SHOES CHORUS: MERCEDEZ YOU NEED TO GETYOUR LIFE TOGETHER SOUTH MONEY AND HUSTLINDON'T LAST FOREVER SOME SAY THAT G'S MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND YOU SAY YOU GOT NOTHIN TO LOSE, BUT WHO GOT A BACK WHEN YA DOWN? MAN, I'M BOUT IT, BOUT TO GET ROWDY I AIN'T EVEN TRIPPIN IF Y'ALL FOOLS DOUBT ME PENETENTIARY CHANCES, I DONE DANCED WITH IT DIED AND WENT HELL, CAME BACK, DOWN TO DO WHATEVER HIT EM UP STICK EM UP, PICK EM UP I HOPE YA GOT INSURANCE ON YA BRAND NEW TRUCK MAMA NEED FOOD IN THE ICEBOX AND I NEED SOME NEW JORDAN WITH SOME WHITE SOCK BOUT TO ROB PETER, TO PAY PAUL THE GHETTO GOT ME CRAZY, BUT I WON'T FALL ON MY WAY TO ARIZONA, GOT IT SEWED UP DOWN SOUTH WITH THE TASK ALL ON IT *SIRENS* BOUT TO PUT FIVE IN THE STASH BOX CALLED THE C-MURDER UP FOR THEM PLASTIC GLOCKS BEEPER RINGIN, SILKK FORGOT THE NECK ON SOME CHICKEN CRISTAL, PARLAY WITH BECK, GETTIN RICHES NO LONGER, LIVIN IN CONDOS IT'S MANSIONS AND FIFTY INCH WINDOWS MARBLE FLOORS, TAILOR MADE SUITS LEX LUTHOR, FERRARIS, WINDOWS BE BULLETPROOF ME WORK A NINE TO FIVE, FOOL I LIKE THE GOOD LIFE SEEN MAMA SO MUCH, SHE SLAPPED MY FACE CAUSE I AIN'T LIVIN RIGHT ME GIVE IT UP, I GET ROWDY GRABBED THE GAT, HIT THE STREET AND THE HIGHWAY, I'M BOUT IT, BOUT IT I GOTS, NUTHIN TO LOSE, I'M ON THE RUN LIKE THE FUGITIVE MY SPOT KINDA HOT, SO I CAN'T GO WHERE I USED TO LIVE ME AND P RIDIN DIRTY, IN THE YUKON BOUT TO GET CAUGHT IN DUE TIME, DIFFERENT PLACE EVERY STATE A NEW GRAB A SKI MASK AND TWO NINES, SAY MONEY MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND FROM OUT BETWEEN THE KNOCKS I LETS EM IN CAN'T LOSE, GOTTA WIN, FALSE MOVE, END UP IN THE PEN HOW MANY I KILL GOIN FOR THE CASH DUDE, I GOTTA DO IT FOR THE STASH FILL THE GETAWAY CAR UP WITH GAS, WITH THE SMASH WHATEVER WE MAKE, P, WE GOIN IN HALF A NIGGA SEX MONEY AND GREED, COSTS OF LIVIN LAVISH HEY I'MA GET YA FOR WHAT YOU GOT IF YOU AIN'T GOT IT, ACT LIKE YOU DON'T HAVE IT I GRAB MY GUN BEFORE I GRAB MY SHOES EVERYTHING ON THE LINE, SO I CAN'T LOSE MAN, LOOK, YOU KNOW SILKK, YOU KNOW I'M BOUT TO ACT A FOOL SO I'M A BE GON AWAY LIKE A BREEZE RUN THROUGH LIKE, ALL TYPE OF TREES I AIN'T GON STOP TIL THE COPS SAY FREEZE, I CAN'T LOSE I GOT NUTHIN TO LOSE PASS ME A SKI MASK, A GLOCK, AND MY TENNIS SHOES WE'RE IN IT DEEP, AND WE'RE IN IT TO WIN IT IN OTHER WORDS, THERE AIN'T NO STOPPIN NO LIMIT MASTER P, MERCEDEZ, T-R-U AFTER THEM, DEAD PRESIDENTS, CAUSE WE HAVE NUTHIN TO LOSE LITTLE BRO CHECK THIS OUT I AIN'T WALK AROUND WITH THAT FOOL MAN BUT WILL HAD IT COMIN, YA HEARD ME? HE HAD IT COMIN, BRO YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYIN, WHAT HAPPENIN? I WASN'T EVEN HIGH, THOUGH, I WASN'T HIGH SOME KINDA WAY, KNOWHATI'MSAYIN? I'MA GET MINE GOTTA PAY THE BILLS, BRO I GOTTA GET THEM MEALS, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYIN? FO' SCHEEZE I AIN'T GOT NUTHIN TO LOSE GOT WHAT? EVERYTHING TO GAIN, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYIN? BRO, GHETTO GOT ME CRAZY DEAD, I'M ON THE RUN NUT I GOTTA GUN MAN, ME AND DEAD JOE, DOWN HERE ACTIN A DONKEY ACTIN BAD, HIT THREE LICKS TODAY, THIRD WARD STYLE LIKE P SAY, I GOTTA GET MY CORNBREAD CABBAGE, AND MY GREENS YEAH YOU KNOW I'M TRU TO THIS, I MEAN REALLY, IN OTHER WORDS I AIN'T GOT NUTTIN TO LOSE, YA HEARD ME?
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