Like Dylan, Ginsberg, Hemingway, Pee-Wee, and Hunter S. Thompson, Nicole Polizzi is The apokesperson of a generation's subculture.
And even though there are 7 members in the ensemble cast of MTV's breakthrough serial documentary series "Jersey Shore," one voice has elevated above the din to become the spokesperson of a culture.
Indeed, Nicole Polizzi may be the voice of a generation.
Although her formal education was in veterinary sciences, it is Ms. Polizzi's unique abilities in sociological analyses --and her ability to articulate those things in straightforward, earthy language-- that singularly positions Ms. Polizzi to speak not only of her journey, but of the plight of first or second generation Italian-Americans.
Doubtless that the first season of Jersey Shore will be studied with the same somber reflection reserved for Allan Ginsburg and Hunter S. Thompson: Off-beat spokespersons for their generations.
"My ultimate dream is to move to Jersey, find a nice juiced hot tanned guy and live my life," she exclaims, examining the self-imposed limitations put on a generation that it expected to live the small town Noveau-American Dream. "I'm staying and I'm ready to party. I'm ready to meet sexy guidos and I'm ready just to f--king be single."
That is not to say that Ms. Polizzi settled for one mate, or one gender, for that matter. In fact, she speaks candidly about the potential suitors she experienced.
"I had a feeling where I wanted to make out with somebody, so, umm, I just made out with Ryder, because all the guys like that."
"Mike can be a nice guy like, he shows his good side then he shows his jerk off side, that's what I like: a good guy and a jerk off, it's all in the same."
"He's a really good guy. That's the kind of guy I need in my life. I think his name is Ron. [it was Russ]"
"I was pissed off, like right when I f--king met a guy and I wanted to get his number and hang out with him we had to leave, just my luck."
It is when Ms. Polizzi is torn from her hometown comfort zone that her insecurities reveal themselves: "I am a princess at home, like, I am the f--king princess of f--king Poughkeepsie. Here, I am nobody, I'm like emotionally exhausted," she laments. "When I woke up I was like what did I do last night? Like what did I do? I f--ked up... story of my life.
Some of Jersey Shore's lighter moments come from Ms. Polizzi's love for all things gourmet. Her insight into the culinary arts is both humourous and insightful.
"Pickles is my thing."
"That's why I don't eat lobster or anything like that cause they're alive when you kill it."
"She brought like 4 trays of frickin' ziti, the sauce, ya know, all this food. We got amazing cold cuts, loaves of bread, I'm like 'oh my god, it's f--king Christmas.'
"Can I have a roll please?"
"I'm not pissed off that they put pickles under my bed as a joke, but I'm pissed off that Mike and Pauly wasted two pickles."
Of course, when a unique voice begins to be heeded, the administrators of the status-quo will try to silence it. For Nicole Polizzi, oppression took the form of 24-year-old gym teacher Brad Ferro, who sucker-punched Ms. Polizzi in a local eatery.
But she would not be silenced.
"Now I know that (her castmates) all love me like I love them. Like, I stuck up for them - that's why I got hit in the face, and I think they realize that and they realize I'm a nice person and I care about everybody in this house and now they all feel the same way about me."
"Please don't tell me I have missing teeth!"
"I'm laying there and I'm like, yo, what the f--k just happened? I never expected to ever get hit by a guy, ever."
"I tried to eat but I couldn't get it in my freakin' mouth 'cause I'm disabled."
Season Two of Jersey Shore begins on MTV this week. We can only hope that Ms. Polizzi will continue to educate us on her journey.