The Importance of Being Earnest
Irony and cynicism is presently fashionable, and liking something in earnest, with sincerity, seems to be less than unfashionable but undesirable. I think irony is wonderful, at times, but I find that I am tired of the endless scope for “irony.” I’m specifically thinking of LL Bean boat & totes. These are mentioned frequently on the blog and I’ve used them my entire life in every aspect–for school bags, for luggage, beach bags, diaper bags, laundry hampers, for moving… the list goes on.
But this isn’t about boat & totes (two articles about them just happened to coincide with my thinking about this post.) I’m old-fashioned in my tastes and when I like something I genuinely like it. I talk a lot about it. If it’s a piece of clothing, I wear it a lot–which is why you see me wearing the same things again and again and again. I share how I feel about things without trying to downplay them. I just… like things.
I have a lot more that I want to write on this topic–I have another post I’m writing about cynicism specifically related to New York–but I’m making a commitment to continue liking things unironically. So–what do you like unironically?