#669 + 670 – a life on rails

May 27th, 2014

#669 + 670 – a life on rails

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Discussion (62)¬

  1. Yotomoe says:

    White dudes, Amiright?
    *canned laugh track*

  2. Omnithea says:

    Hey. Get back in there and keep fighting. You have a golden opportunity to give your life for the greatest cause of all: punching posers.

  3. Japong says:

    Will laying down some sick burns about the inevitable ennui that accompanies the unexamined life before jumping out the fuckin' window.

  4. psychokineticex says:

    Will used Analytical Deconstruction on Douchebags

    The move was ineffective

    Will fled the battle

  5. superbro says:

    jesus mer this hit some god damn deep rooted existential feels

  6. Kevin says:

    There were a million ways I imagined this going. That wasn't one of them.

  7. Graham Clark says:

    Well, if it wasn't settled for me before, this settles it. If anybody is doing better social commentary on the millenials than Meredith, I don't know about it: both in form – the build up to Will's grand put down in the previous strips, the diffusing of the moment by moving into satire, the dialog-free wide shot of the frat boys all looking at the self proclaimed white dude as his accidental point sinks in, and the diffusion of the seriousness implicit in THAT by moving into pure silly comedy – and content – with the best positioning in the world, it's still necessary that Will actually HAS a really devastating observation to make when the moment comes, and she delivers on that too. To be confronted with the prospect that you are not only not really living now, but that the ravages of time mean it's all DOWNHILL from here – ouch.

  8. TRA says:

    Heh heh heh heh!
    I LOVE it how he got them into a Woody Allen-ish debate about "the knowledge", "the environment", and [cultural insights], so that he could turn the situation into something else. I love it!

  9. msdalfo says:

    Oh God, Tumblr is leaking. 😉

  10. Steve B. says:

    As a white dude, I just want to say that not all white dudes are white dudes. But ugh, the white dude white dudes? Don't even get me started on them. (Don't worry, I'm allowed to say bad stuff about white dudes, because I'm a white dude.)

    • Segus1992 says:

      But are you a white dude white dude, or just a white dude? Because I could deal with a white dude.

    • Adam says:

      But are you a transwhitedude? If not your oppression points are insignificant to comment on this topic.

      • juliet delta says:

        Dude, really, the PC term is "transcolored white dude". And I totally feel for the dudes in the strip. Power to them for not taking any of that ciscolored crap.

    • Bruceski says:

      Don't get me wrong, some of my best friends are white dudes, but white dudes really need to stop being so white.

      • Bruceski says:

        I may have included one too many 'white' and turned my satire on its head. I think I need to grab a pen to sort this out.

  11. steelbright says:

    "STOP THAT WHITE DUDE" (shouted by white dudes)
    –needs to be a new reaction image right there–
    for like everything.

    mwahaha. How much I love Will. And this comic.

  12. Bryy says:

    Yup, because the last thing you want to do after beating up the Weed Dealer because you don't want to Pay Him for your Drugs is cry social injustice.

  13. MerchManDan says:

    I am so enraged, yet confused.

  14. dmm says:

    Reminds me of a tumblr post from a while back, "white people be like 'white people be like'"

  15. patatoes says:

    I’m probably stupid, but arent they all white dudes? What am i missing, somebody tell me. (I seriously don’t get it.)

    • Benoit says:

      white dude here. The joke is that many white dudes are painfully self aware of their status as white dudes.

    • Bruceski says:

      Let's see if I can explain it without falling into the very thing I'm trying to avoid… fighting against racism is often seen (if you look at individual pieces of it up close without context) as "fighting against white people". Partially from a desire to say "I'm not part of the bad guys" and partially because of a misunderstanding of calls to respect diversity, people find ways to avoid thinking of themselves as white. This is where we get the people who say they understand oppression because they're 1/32 Cherokee, or that white people are technically only those whose families came from global area X and their family came from a point 5 miles on the other side of the border, A way of not having to admit you've got a lot fewer hurdles in your life than other people, particularly if your able to fit into the "entitled party boy douchebag" stereotype.

      The "I want to apologize for this white guy fulfilling the white guy stereotype" is basic passive-aggressiveness with a "look at how progressive I am" wrapper.

  16. Elle says:

    I can't wait till these guys realize that they are white dudes.

  17. bryanew710 says:

    As a black dude…you guys are *weird*.

  18. Bruno Guedes says:

    I definitely wasn't expecting that, but I'm loving it so damn much.

  19. dark ninja says:

    I'm sure there will be cops arriving soon, to check a "noise complaint" and possibly stuble upon something Will "left"

  20. NemoProprius says:

    Run, Will! Run your ass off!!

  21. kamesen says:

    Perfect escape! I hope he managed to snag some cash during all the brawling. Gotta get paid!

  22. Number12 says:

    I know that's a table leg there, but I much prefer to see Will flipping them off down low as he heads for the window. Also thirded on loving the unexpected direction. Hope he's getting away with every ounce of weed in that backpack.

  23. Jamie says:

    Oh goddamit, I was really really hoping that was an inverted flip-off.

  24. jon says:

    ??? Damn it feels good to be a white dude ?

  25. Emmy says:

    Hoping Eve is passing outside the window as the mirror image of this sequence: http://www.octopuspie.com/2008-03-19/124-the-hips

  26. wykstrad says:

    Will clearly has some Bugs Bunny DNA.

  27. bryanew710 says:

    Weird observation: only 3 people in the entire party appear to have black (or at least dark) hair.

    • A.J. says:

      Somebody also pointed out that in the Basement Buddies story literally all of the buddies were blonde. MG prefers blonde gentlemen.

  28. Eliana says:

    I love Meredith's mind. SO. MUCH.

  29. tony says:

    Its been a while since I commented but have been reading the comic to stay up to date. So Will becomes existential. Nice. I always thought he had a little bit of philosopher in him.

  30. chrisrussodraws says:

    Will's just showing them what White Flight looks like.

    Seriously though few things are more obnoxious than white people complaining about white people as if that magically means they "get it" (lookin at you, 90% of tumblr)

  31. bread buns says:

    so about that weed…

  32. A.J. says:

    I think NOW somebody should punch Will.

  33. thistemporarylifeblog says:

    Most of Tumblr in a nutshell. White people yelling at other white people for their innocuous statements about life, simply because the person saying those things is white and (maybe) male.

  34. Andrew says:

    White dudes who complain about white dudes are the worst. THEY ARE. THEY ARE THE SHIT OF THE EARTH. PERSECUTE ALL WHITE DUDES WHO COMPLAIN ABOUT WHITE DUDES.

  35. Marvin Choi says:

    I want to join Will in his fist fight against these losers.

  36. Donnyfightworld says:

    Oh shit dog it turned into fucking Looney Tunes Slapstick! YES.

  37. @twigenstein says:

    my first thought was i really hope will stole some money from them before running out.

  38. TRA says:

    Hi Meredith,
    I apologize for a comment posted, about non-white white dudes. [There's no such thing as nwwd, in my opinion]. I wrote it as a joke. that's all. No offense meant. I realize that my humor can be a little too surprising for all-audiences on the internet. That's cool. I just have an odd sense of humor at times. That's cool.
    Cheers, TRA

  39. @jars86 says:

    Will's face in panel 8 is priceless

  40. thom says:

    Hey, we're just trying to have a good time, narc. Don't commit your hate crimes here!

  41. Skinnypanda says:


  42. @zumikiss says:

    Just when I thought the realness of your storyline would tip into more possible bad times, you bring it back to the even-keeled whimsy. Keep rocking, Meredith!

  43. Carl R. says:

    What happened to my posts?