Friday, June 04, 2010

Serious

One of the problems with today's literary writers, including the kind examined below, is their seriousness. Art is serious business! Probably because they've invested so much money in becoming certified as "Artists." There it is-- it says so right on the piece of paper.

Possibly it's the David Foster Wallace influence. The Artist so consumed with his Art it destroyed him. Art with a capital A. The broad humor of what had once been the main stream of American writing (see Mark Twain) which so captured the American con-man personality, has been pushed to the side. And after all, let's face it. "The Jumping Frog" story is simply not very literary!

Serious literary writers today write important "Fictions." Serious Serious! Important! Well-wrought. What they don't do is tell stories.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

If that's what you think about the work of D F Wallace, it's obvious why no one pays any attention to you. Too serious? Really? Not funny? REALLY?

King said...

Yes. DFW's aim was to create "serious" literature uncommunicable to 99.9% of the American public. The humor was a narrow, hyperintellectualized wink-wink type of humor. Nothing I could in any way relate to. This blog, after all, is a forum for my views.
The literary intelligentsia pays no attention to me? Their problem is that, increasingly, nobody pays attention to THEM.

mather said...

Typical anonymous statement. Yeah David Foster Wallace was a fucking crack-up! It's a laugh a minute with that guy! The only time you laugh is when you arrive at the realization that he was a dipshit and everybody thinks he was a genius.

You know what I'm sick of? I'm sick of bloggers saying, "Really?" in that smug way. "Really? REALLY?" Yes, "really", you suckling pig.

Harland said...

DFW was a funny guy
a funny guy
a funny guy
Now he's laughin in the study in the sky
laughin all day long

went to a college so he got a break
got a break
got a break
if it hadn't been for Amherst woulda been lower than a snake
laughin all day long

Wrote a book that made me laugh
made me laugh
made me laugh
wrote a book that made me crap my pants
laughin all day long

hung himself from a patio rail
patio rail
patio rail
used scotch tape cause he didn't have a nail
laughin all day long

wrote big books you can kill a mouse
kill a mouse
kill a mouse
smash a cat or prop up a house
laughin all day long

mather said...

Good example of the exact opposite of funny.

Harland said...

Awwwwww.

Harland said...

I bet the King likes my pome.