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"Poetic excess takes the devil’s side, in the Anglo-American mind, of the Artificiality/Authenticity binary, and thus is highly suspect."
April 9, 2012 11:49 AM   Subscribe

Cultural critic Mark Dery discusses his new essay collection. Interview by R. U. Sirius. Dery has previously written on the cultural influence of Edward Gorey, the effects of social networking, the popularity of cephalopods, dead malls, and Surrealism and the Visual Unconscious.
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Mark Dery on Metafilter. Mark Dery in Metatalk.

That was an amusing day.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 12:13 PM on April 9, 2012

Shows what I know. I first read Dery on Lady Gaga and Hemingway just a few months ago. Ordered the book today. I love cultural crit and I'm all out of Zizek.
posted by Kitty Stardust at 12:16 PM on April 9, 2012

Back in the early 90's, Dery wrote what is still my favourite assessment of the shallow, candy-store-sampling, "just a stick of incense in the corner" (Talvin Singh's quip), appropriationist side of what's come to be known as "world music", a term I still dislike for its indiscriminate, grabbag nature:

"Venerable traditions are hitched to drum machines and trotted around the dance floor 'til they drop."
posted by Philofacts at 8:54 PM on April 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

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