"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


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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