"There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method". Herman Melville

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quinta-feira, 10 de maio de 2012

El Puño Invisible

This is an excelent book about the cultural changes in the XXth century, from Marinetti and Dada to punk and reality tv. I was glad to read here an idea that had occured to me back in 2001: that the vulgarity and medeocrity of reality tv is a direct consequence of the avantgarde movements, the claims of everybody being an artist and everyday objects and actions being manifestations of art... Now highbrow art critics should not complain, they should even rejoyce, because, for the first time in the histoty of western art, programs like Candid Camera, Big Brother or The Jerry Springer Show, managed to reconcile avantgarde and the taste of the masses. This book is very well writen and it reminded me of Roberto Bolaño´s "Los detectives selvages", the speedy cinematic quest for some cultural Graal by young restless souls...

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