How to Appreciate Things You Don't Like

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Reader Comments (51)

Anyone who doesn't recognize "the non-male" in this comic has a lot of backlog they should read. She's been in a handful of previous strips, and is actually quite an important person in Scott's life...

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterXjph

@Allen, that's his mom, and we've seen her before.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

I don't really know the 'difference' between County or Western, butI oftimes hear people talke about 'Country' music, but I don't think I've ever heard anyone admit to being a fan of 'Western' music. Its always either 'Country', or 'Country & Western. This is more thought than I've ever really given it before because aside from Johnny Cash, I pretty much despise any music labelled 'Country.' I did enjoy a Faith Hill music video once, but she could've read the phone book and I'd have enjoyed that about the same.

June 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJelyob

If you want a good example of the "Western" side of C&W, take a listen to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, they were the epitome of "Western Swing", and very different both thematically and musically from what is typically thought of as "country".

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTed

okay, how many people counted the syllables in that haiku?

June 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRoy

I have a friend I like to refer to as "the anti-Sturgeon's Law." Specifically, she manages to find the 10% of everything that ISN'T crud. I think it's almost like a challenge for her. If I tell her I don't like country music (or hip-hop, or techno... or romance novels or horror movies or anything else, for that matter), sure enough, a few weeks later she'll come at me with a brilliant example of the genre that I have to grudgingly admit, yeah, I sorta love. It's humbling and enlightening all at the same time.

Sorry, this post is only tangentially relevant to the comic, but that's where my mind went.

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPisha

There once was a man
From Nantucket who could not
Pee in a bucket

Crude, but hey, it is a haiku :D

August 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIcalasari

Excellent musical preferences in the fourth panel.

September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCopland

Seriously, take that back.

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThalia

Bah. Haiku is supposed to involve a juxtaposition of two images or ideas, so the example in the comic is terrible, as is Icalasari's.

On the other hand, I must agree with the sentiment that Mark Knopfler is awesome.

March 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterProtagoras

To the English folk out there, the concept of "Country" versus "Country and Western is simple. The only difference is whether or not someone enjoys the genre. If someone really appreciates and enjoys the stuff, he'll call it "Country 'n Western", or less commonly, "Country-Western".
Most of the rest of us refer to it as "Country" because we prefer to avoid redundancies, seeing as how the two terms each harken back to the same atavistic concept of more primitive ideas and times despite being almost 100% digital and singing about the same things that simple-minded pop singers often sing about, such as drinking at parties, the physical features of the opposite sex, and the target audience's ideal vehicle.

As far as etymology, think of the term "Country and western" in the same way you might think of "Rhythm & blues" or "Drum & bass", ignoring for a moment that the only one that actually describes the genre is the latter. :D

March 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRedtail

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