Rather than trying to behave and not feel our rage or rather than using it to burn down every living thing in a hundred mile radius it is better to first ask rage to take a seat with us.
My dad has a teatowel that says
Keep Calm and Have a Cup of Tea
but he doesn't. He frets, and maybe
that's the reason I enjoyed Trainspotting
so much. It was partly the soundtrack
lager lager mega mega white thing
and Johnny Lee Millar but I remember
genuinely liking that those guys. I don't know
if Irvine Welsh was inspired to write the novel
by a teatowel with a slogan on but when I read it
I thought I am learning something here.
My friend Paddy read Trainspotting before
it was a film and I always thought that was impressive,
to have a High Fidelity White Teeth existence
to always know what was going on.
When he was 17 my dad worked in a bookshop
in Manchester that LS Lowry used to go to
and when he phones me to say hi
always at 7 pm I can tell when he has spent his day