Re: [thewire] Re: Nick Hornby
- Well thats really constructive Grady, instead of addressing any point in
my E mail you just slag off my favourite band. You got any more blinding
insights for us?
In message <b3r1pm+lib7@...>, "gradyfinklemyer
<gradyfinklemyer@...>" <gradyfinklemyer@...> writes
>"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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