Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Curtis Henderson at Good Danny's, Austin, Texas
Author Mohsin Hamid, who recently had his novel, "How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia" published, gave this great interview a few months ago in Fader magazine, in which he partly responded to a question by describing two different definitions of love, as he sees them, saying, "Often times, when we talk about love and we hear the word used, it's a consumerist love, in the sense that I want to possess you. I would like you to be my boyfriend or my girlfriend or my husband or my wife. And that love sort of boils down to the statement that you make me less lonely. I think in that sense, love doesn't actually do that much for us, because just like my Ferrari makes me less lonely and my nice new apartment makes me less lonely or this big prize or New York Times Magazine cover story makes me less lonely, it's fleeting. But I think there's another notion of love, which you come across a lot in fiction, and in my case even being a dad - there is this notion that comes up again, that there are types of love which function not only to makes you less lonely, but function by your desire to makes somebody else less lonely. Whenever that happens, you are being taken out of the center of your experience of the universe. At that point, you've done a kind of shift - where you're no longer the protagonist, in a way, and I think that shift, that kind of love, is an interesting, non-material response to our world." It seems that the new country-leaning band made up of Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, Suzie Zeldin, Jonathan Clark and Ben Homola could get behind a statement/explanation like that one.