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Avoiding any reference to the pop would mean either being retrograde about what's "permissible" in serious art or else writing about some other world.
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Because I liked to read, I probably didn't watch quite as much TV as my friends, but I still got my daily megadose, believe me.
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But, again, the last twenty years have seen big changes in how writers engage their readers, what readers need to expect from any kind of art.
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Fiction's about what it is to be a human being.
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For these cultures, getting rid of the pain without addressing the deeper cause would be like shutting off a fire alarm while the fire's still going.
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Here's an analogy. The invention of calculus was shocking because for a long time it had simply been presumed that you couldn't divide by zero.
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I 've found the really tricky discipline to writing is trying to play without getting overcome by insecurity or vanity or ego.
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I just think that fiction that isn't exploring what it means to be human today isn't art.
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I often think I can see it in myself and in other young writers, this desperate desire to please coupled with a kind of hostility to the reader.
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I think TV promulgates the idea that good art is just art which makes people like and depend on the vehicle that brings them the art.
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It can become an exercise in trying to get the reader to like and admire you instead of an exercise in creative art.
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It looks like you can write a minimalist piece without much bleeding. And you can. But not a good one.
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It seems important to find ways of reminding ourselves that most "familiarity" is meditated and delusive.
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Nuclear weapons and TV have simply intensified the consequences of our tendencies, upped the stakes.
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One of the things that makes Wittgenstein a real artist to me is that he realized that no conclusion could be more horrible than solipsism.
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Pleasure becomes a value, a teleological end in itself. It's probably more Western than U.S. per se.
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Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S. blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride.
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Rock was and is all about busting loose, exceeding limits, and limits are usually set by parents, ancestors, older authorities.
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The great thing about irony is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies and duplicates.
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The interesting thing is why we're so desperate for this anesthetic against loneliness.
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The other half is to dramatize the fact that we still "are" human beings, now. Or can be.
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The problem is that once the rules of art are debunked, and once the unpleasant realities the irony diagnoses are revealed and diagnosed, "then" what do we do?
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The reader becomes God, for all textual purposes. I see your eyes glazing over, so I'll hush.
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There's some great essay somewhere that has a line about irony being the song of the prisoner who's come to love his cage.
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This diagnosis can be done in about two lines. It doesn't engage anybody.
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This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.
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This is so American, man: either make something your God and cosmos and then worship it, or else kill it.
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This might be one way to start talking about differences between the early postmodern writers of the fifties and sixties and their contemporary descendants.
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To be willing to sort of die in order to move the reader, somehow. Even now I'm scared about how sappy this'll look in print, saying this.
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TV's "real" agenda is to be "liked," because if you like what you're seeing, you'll stay tuned. TV is completely unabashed about this; it's its sole raison.
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We're kind of wishing some parents would come back. And of course we're uneasy about the fact that we wish they'd come back - I mean, what's wrong with us?
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We're not keen on the idea of the story sharing its valence with the reader. But the reader's own life "outside" the story changes the story.
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What TV is extremely good at - and realize that this is "all it does" - is discerning what large numbers of people think they want, and supplying it.
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Wittgenstein argues that for language even to be possible, it must always be a function of relationships between persons.
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Yuppies, I guess, and younger intellectuals, whatever. These are the people pretty much all the younger writers I admire are writing for, I think.
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