Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Puppet World Update

It's disappointing that no demi-puppet disputed my characterization of them as "slaves"-- no one of them coming forth to claim independence; to stand as a subversive free-thinking individual within the establishment house of letters. Are their brains truly captured? Do they in fact bob and jerk in tune with puppet strings?

As evidence we have the lit-blog Co-op people, who have taken it upon themselves to faithfully serve the monster conglomerates. They regularly choose a big company release to honor and promote. Increased and more efficient groveling! Never mind that the big book companies have their own highly-paid publicity departments. The demi-puppets are eager to help!

Hype their own works? They give it not a thought. The conglomerates come first! Rack up the brownie points! Polish more apples! This from people who feign they're too busy writing to care about the ULA's actions. (Why do they knock us then on their blogs? And who are the anonymous posters on this one?) We see that THEY very much DON'T "just write"-- they're in a backroom with establishment authors, eagerly going down. Maybe some big-time publisher will notice? This is their cherished hope.

Extensions of the Machine-- of this there's no doubt.

Re "Ed Rants" of the shaky IP info: At least we know he's not "Orlando." Ed's own attempts at parody don't look like parody at all. (As poor a writer as Orlando is, Ed is worse.) Ed wrote a "parody" of Jonathan Franzen by presenting a colorless tome indistinguishable from Franzen's work. That is to say: equally dull. Ed, you're supposed to add wit and humor. The dutiful demi-puppet struggles along, laboriously crafting his pseudo-parody word by word; point by inscrutable point. Franzen is alarmed. "That looks exactly like a chapter from my last book!" What to do? He'd charge feckless Ed with plagiarism, had the lit-world not already done away with the concept.

Plagiarism is not something about which a demi-puppet is ever concerned. The more excruciating troubling dangerous matter is being put into the position of having to treat ULAers like human beings. That one of the demi-puppets might have to apologize to us is to reach the very bottom of embarrassment and shame. There is no worse consequence; the darkest of fates. Demi-puppet peers are concerned. "It can't happen!" their puppet voices scream. "No! Terrible! Rescue her! Save her!"

The puppet in question who screwed up, at the merest prospect of apology (or even simple retraction of a false statement), is ready for the loony-bin. To the rest of the collection in the toybox this is completely understandable. After all, puppets on strings aren't human and it's unfair to expect one to behave like one.

12 comments:

King said...

My request for a retraction seems to have become lost within the MediaBistro bureaucracy. Isn't that strange? I trust it's only temporary.
All joking aside, this will be a good test of the character-- or lack thereof-- of lit-bloggers.
One of our main attack dogs, Noah, didn't hesitate to apologize, like an adult, when he got something wrong regarding a former ULAer. Great behavior-- upfront and clear-eyed, as is the way with the ULA.
(He currently has an excellent Monday Report up on our www.literaryrevolution.com site.)
Not a lot of class, on the other hand, from an "Ed Rants," who is fine attacking us privately, passing about apparently (????) false information, but refuses to answer questions and requests for clarification and further information.

Tim Hall said...

That's an excellent Monday Report. For a guy who doesn't "do" reviews, that's a hell of a good review.

Also, Karl, about your earlier "It Couple" post: Bernice's story is amazing, agreed. I flipped when I read it.


Tim

Tim Hall said...

OT, why don't our asshole anonymice "critics" ever go after a story like this one?

http://www.mobylives.com/Willamette_reek.html

Fucking cowards.

Noah Cicero said...

As I was going through demi-puppet blogs I read some of the reviews and comments on The Foer book.

The demi-puppets are of the opinion that Foer's book is the "litmus test" of the 21st century novel. Even though none of them really liked it.

I really don't even know what to say to that. That is like a schizophrenic telling me, "If I play certain notes on my trumpet I can start a nuclear war." That is how insane that is. They are insane!!!

Foer wrote a book of "literature", which should be judged against other literature books. If Foer's book was judged againsted Dostoevsky, Dickens, Kafka, Kerouac, Joyce, etc. Foer's book is a joke.

All I can assume is that for the demi-puppets literature only goes back to Mailer and Updike. I see sometimes they reference a great writer, but usually with a sentence one would learn in college.

Personally I think a Great Book hasn't entered the stores since Kathy Acker in the 80s. And she is totally forgotten, before that it is just Bukowski and Kesey's "One Flew over The Coo Coo's Nest." In forty years of time the American literary world has produced ONLY 3 great writers. All three not taught in colleges.

Kostecke, Nowlan, Tim Hall, Urban Hermitt, Fred Wright and many other ULAers have produced better literature than Foer's book. Where the fuck are their movie deals? It is not like they are hiding, their literature is right fucking here for the world to see.

All I can say, is if America's best book of the 21st century is Foer's new book, then America is truly is in the dark ages.

JDF said...

Just checking in to say I agree with Tim -- Noah's review was one of the best things he's written. (And I own his The Human War.)

Great stuff, Noah.

Noah Cicero said...

Thank you very much J.D. and Tim.

Adam Hardin said...

Noah is exactly right about Foer.

The strange thing is that there is a consensus among the established Lit people that this book is not as good as "Everything...Illuminated." So why is "Extremely Loud" a litmus test for the 21st century?

Why is "Extremely Loud" not Literature?

Because his main character is a poor two-dimensional imitation of Gunter Grass's Oskar in "The Tin Drum."
Foer acknowledges this of course, but why would he be so stupid to use such a character anyway.

His book will never escape the shadow of "The Tin Drum."

Maybe that is the newest postmodern technique. Now we are going to recycle Great Works of Literature into poorly written imitations.

King said...

For those who are confused about IP's, they should know that I don't own a computer, and post on this blog from a variety of places-- and so don't have any one IP. This for the dimestore detectives who've been trying to discredit the ULA.

Noah Cicero said...

To Hardin: Bernice Mullins calls that "Art imitating art." The literary world has been so upper class, so out of touch for so long, they just imitate each other people's books.

This is the quote from Steve Almond's essay on Mobylives.com "Despite the savage reviews (in part because of them) a great number of critics and readers have hailed ELIC as a masterpiece. In fact, I can think of no recent book that has served as such a pure litmus test of literary sensibility."

Beatrix demi-puppet comments on the essay.

Side question: Can someone tell me what "literary sensibility" is?

I sent Almond the review monday, he hasn't written back.

the MP said...

Here's some Barbies (and Kins for that matter) to add to our pagan bonfire (of the Vanities?). Briefly but at the same time(since I've got an actual small window of opportunity as its raining and chilly in Gothicka today) want to express my zeal and two-red-cents-in for what's happening on the Blog with the very rich and enlightening exchange between especially Potter and Noah (as for NC's piece in the latest SlushPile let me just comment for now that I thunk I intuit what Karl is suggesting that it represents a truly new and original bent in literature, per se; very exciting to see!)For all those head cases out their in LALA Land there is an "angle of incidence" here 's all.
Noah: to take ye up on yr. side question: what is "literary sensibility". Well as what kind, the phrase, coming as it does, probably, from a reactionary, can be likened to a mixed metaphore. It's a redundancy in other words since both words are nominal qualifiers. Thus there is at least for "us" in the groove, "aesthetic sensibility", one condition among a good many that provides a staging area (i.e. "cultivation" not education as we know it, but based on experience and a regard for society as a living entity, a KULCHUR) which logically must proceed the apprehension of an art- form (a place to BE to regard say in this case "literature"). In other words "literary sensibility" is a phrase that is begging the question and shows a basic lack of understanding of the nature of art and its total dependence upon the PEOPLE and the use of such a phrase betrays the Overdog- underpuppets insular system of lauding it OVER what may be really going on in the outside world and to prop up their own delusion and comfort zone through most of all confusion. There are a slew of stuff (mental formulations) like this which in the game between ideologies, say the literary underground's and the System's that give most of all a sense of our Power as opposed to their Force in very particular ways (intelligent (the heart AND the head) not intellectualIZATION). Being in the Underground, on edge in so many ways gives us the situational smarts of the mongrel as opposed to the passive-agressive privaledge of the "pedigree". Anywho gotta do laundry.
Potter's perception in the his Blog comment to Karl's Blog entry preceeding this one where JP addresses the issue of art in our case literature being a real sort of therapy is well taken. Just wanna say that all art in its particular (personal) origins is psycho-logic therapy, BUT once the writer developes his/her craft AND steadily grows in the apprehension that all art is social/communicative in motive (not agendas as with the demi-puppets and the over-dogs)it becomes something more than merely therapeutic but that and OTHER than that.
And finally before I eat me own fingers for breakfast genuine thanks to Patrick Simonelli for giving me a leg up and added exposure through the extra links to my poetry on his most excellent links and formatting with the ULA Members pages.



To espouse a defined line
where balance hangs
is to indicate imbalance
in one’s self probably
to see and speak of
resistance and opposites
is to mistake by discursive
thinking the idea for the form,
the motive for the intent
and the intent for the essence,
or freedom as an escape
when the cage is everywhere in
evidence, the whole point’s missed.
There’s no time like the present.


5.26.2001


One More Into The Breach!

FW

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