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"In a conversation with Leonard Price of the Onion A.V. Club, Harold Bloom said, "I don’t know what I would choose if I had to select a single work of sublime fiction from the last century....it would probably be Mason & Dixon, if it were a full-scale book, or if it were a short novel it would probably be The Crying Of Lot 49. Pynchon has the same relation to fiction, I think, that my friend John Ashbery has to poetry: he is beyond compare."
At least Bloom approves of one of our board's favourites.
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In my country there is problem.
The problem is a large number of people who take great pride in their "culture" but do not want to participate in it outside of the most superficial touch, adopting what they like a little bit and dismissing what they don't like completely.
The internet equivalent is the guy who watches cartoons and anime but will only ever talk about them ironically while in the same blog makes sure you know all about his political and philosophical view which he is totally well educated in, also here is his art and poetry, and a bunch of absolue non-interests passed off as if they add to their depth, like reading while having cake and tea, drinking while listening to a certain song, smoking while looking at the stars and thingken bout lief.
Everything feels so divorced and nothing is sincere anymore.
It's like everything these people like has to exist separate to the person. Years ago a game or a movie would have had a plot about a ninja fighting robots for the sake of it and it would be called something like "THE CYBER SLAYER" but nowadays it would just be called "NINJA VS. ROBOTS" and the tagline would have something about "awesomeness" and it would all be very self-referential and incredibly self aware in the same fashion that a person with social anxiety is self aware and might try to poke fun at their own shortcomings, or not.
What kind of writing can I find on this kind of thing? I don't even know what to call it.