Take this quiz for a definitive answer.
Recently, the writer Nick Carroll made some very hurtful comments about our “ridiculous” website.
However, he also provided a checklist (for which I’m grateful) that tells you whether or not you’re an intelligent kook.
You already knew you were a kook, but intelligent?
Only this quiz will tell.
1. Do you live in a big city
2. Did you go to university?
3. Do you understand post-modernism?
4. Do you write sleek witty judgmental prose about surf culture? (Bleach’d Grit, Longtom, Negatron, That Dead Whale etc. I’m looking at you.)
5. Do you surf like a sack of shit (paraphrased)?
Congratulations! You’re either an intelligent kook, a stupid kook or a liar.
No one who doesn’t surf like a sack of shit really understands post-modernism.
We pretend we do, but every time someone mentions it, we use Google to “refresh” our memories.
Or is that just me?
Anyway, unless I’m very much mistaken, the only thing saving Nick from his own list is his surfing ability. So, Nick, let me ask you a few questions.
Nick: For how much longer do you think you’ll be able to surf half-decently?
When you stop being able to do so will you immediately retire from surf journalism?
And how badly do you want to throttle me for being such a pedantic graduate of Google’s school of postmodernity?
Not that bad? Not even an eyebrow? Read on.
Do you reckon you surf better than your brother at the moment? How long until his knee gets better and he overtakes you again?
I can’t imagine my younger brother being better than me at surfing, let alone a world champ.
How did you live with it for so long? And are you willing to give it up again?
But back to postmodernity, one last question:
Is the self-aware kook still a kook?