Omissions: A Link RoundUp

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There’s a number of things I’ve been meaning to link to here over the past week or so, but haven’t gotten around to doing. Here are a couple:

Michael Blowhard, as always, is churning out amazing links and essays with ease:

Here he links to an essay by Richard Curtis about the publishing industry and print-on-demand technology. I find it particularly interesting because I know someone who has successfully used, one of the premier self-publishing outfits who use print-on-demand technology, and am thinking about pickup up a copy of his book. (Not to mention the future applications in self-publishing for my own writing!)

Michael’s got a posting called Private Pleasure, Public Vulgarity about a broad swath of cultural issues. The comments are a great read as well.

Perhaps related, perhaps unrelated to the above-mentioned posting are some of Michael’s thoughts on the New York Times Book Review section and its attitude toward “popular” writing. Part 2 is here, part 3 is here.

As always Michael seems to tread a fine line between populism (e.g. wanting the NYTBR to at least acknowledge the existence of popular literature) and elitism (e.g. condemning the pornification of much of popular culture) — It’s a line I find myself pretty darn sympathetic to, though naturally Michael does it with far more style and brain-stirring breezy musing than I can manage. In the past Michael has mentioned of of the abstract “themes” of his blog is the idea that the “Our Elites have turned against us” (paraphrasing) — And in that sense I can see a sort of unity between these seemingly at-odds positions. Namely in these disparate realms of society, the elite book-publishing crowd has created a hermetically sealed little world where nothing exists except for books, whereas elites of various stripes have completely made a mess of our popular culture, destroying social mores and turning everything that should be private into an inescapable commercial push.


Some other links from 2Blowhards:
David Chute writes about Children of Men. Children of Men has been getting some good reviews from some trusted sources, so I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to go see it sometime this weekend or next week. I’m still bitter that the last movie I wanted to see, The Fountain, was out of theaters by the time I managed to put aside some time to see it. Anyway, concerning David’s writing on Children of Men: The political angle of the movie is undoubtedly predictable and banal. I haven’t even seen the movie yet and I could already see it coming. It’s almost inevitable given the state of our current art elite, political correctness, the demands of the story and general cultural attitudes. I’m still planning on seeing it, though.

The Invisible Hand writes about brutalist architecture
. Good riddance to Boston’s City Hall. One reference I think is particularly apt here is to that of the Emperor’s new clothes — So much of modern art seems to be a play of experts with rigid minds prevailing over common sense or basic instinctual understanding of beauty — I’m just glad to do my part in tearing down that edifice.

*Note: Asterisk indicates that my internet connection failed at this point while I was writing this post. I was going to comment on some more stuff but was limited to only the tabs I had opened at that point in time. I’ll probably follow up in a day or so with some more things. It figures, that my internet connectivity goes out the first time in a week that I really sit down to write anything at all.

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