16593Re: Nick Hornby
- Mar 1 11:31 AM"he writes the sort of commercially oriented, middle of the road
books that sell well". Kind of like the Magnetic Fields try to do
with music, but aren't successful with? I guess the world isn't ready
for retro-tin pan-brill building-classic pop-with a gay slant.
--- In email@example.com, Keith Brown <keith@j...> wrote:
> I wonder how people on this list felt about Rob Young's acidic
> against the writer Nick Hornby in this month's editorial of The
> The reason for the attack was that Nick had published a book about
> records that he likes or used to like and attempted to say why he
> them or stopped liking them, and Rob disagreed with some of the
> Nick has said. I believe Nick Hornby to be a writer who has no
> in the history of English literature, or at least that he has no
> interest in finding his place in it, or addressing the problems of
> literature, or more generally of dealing with the human condition.
> is his choice as a writer, he writes the sort of commercially
> middle of the road books that sell well and get made into films
> Hugh Grant. There isn't anything wrong with that IMHO, its not
> Proust but it doesn't intend to be.
> I feel Rob's attack, while initially exhilarating for me, was
> unwarranted and immature. The Wire is a precious cultural artefact,
> would all be the poorer if it ceased to exist or was unable to
> its current agenda. But Nick is simply making a case for the sort
> music he likes, which would be typical both for him and for his
> Of course a typical reader of Nick's work is unlikely to be the
> person that reads The Wire, but to refer to them as 'sadsacks'
> like the work of a man who never got what he wanted out of life,
> feels an enormous amount of aggression as a result. Was it Rob's
> intention to polarise culture in terms of those who are for 'The
> and those who are not, and thereby to infer that everyone who
> an opinion that might be contrary to that of 'The Wire' is somehow
> on our destruction? The idea that Nick has somehow ceased to exist
> human being because he no longer wishes to hear music made by a
> called 'Suicide' strikes me as the most indefensible form of
> His final criticism, which is slightly more measured, that list
> is a 'quest for perfection' may be untrue. Thankfully he manages to
> himself towards the end to stick up for a true 'Wire' man, David
> but there is still time for one last dig at Nick.
> What would a new reader of 'The Wire' think of us on reading Rob's
> editorial? I would imagine most people who read a magazine read the
> editorial, and chances are they would have heard of Nick Hornby and
> Nelly Furtado, but not of David Toop. That's a known verses an
> folks, and I don't think they will be buying our beloved mag
> Alternative music is not a religion, it is a valid and human
> that is all. At the end of the day we are all just people trying to
> our way in life. Live and let live Rob.
> Regards, Keith
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