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Re: [thewire] Re: Nick Hornby

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  • Keith Brown
    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
    Message 1 of 4 , Mar 2, 2003
      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 thewire@yahoogroups.com, Keith Brown <keith@j...> wrote:
      >> Hello
      >>
      >> I wonder how people on this list felt about Rob Young's acidic
      >polemic
      >> against the writer Nick Hornby in this month's editorial of The
      >Wire.
      >> The reason for the attack was that Nick had published a book about
      >31
      >> records that he likes or used to like and attempted to say why he
      >liked
      >> them or stopped liking them, and Rob disagreed with some of the
      >things
      >> Nick has said. I believe Nick Hornby to be a writer who has no
      >interest
      >> 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.
      >That
      >> is his choice as a writer, he writes the sort of commercially
      >oriented,
      >> middle of the road books that sell well and get made into films
      >starring
      >> Hugh Grant. There isn't anything wrong with that IMHO, its not
      >Joyce or
      >> 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,
      >we
      >> would all be the poorer if it ceased to exist or was unable to
      >pursue
      >> its current agenda. But Nick is simply making a case for the sort
      >of
      >> music he likes, which would be typical both for him and for his
      >readers.
      >> Of course a typical reader of Nick's work is unlikely to be the
      >sort of
      >> person that reads The Wire, but to refer to them as 'sadsacks'
      >sounds
      >> like the work of a man who never got what he wanted out of life,
      >and
      >> 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
      >Wire'
      >> and those who are not, and thereby to infer that everyone who
      >expresses
      >> an opinion that might be contrary to that of 'The Wire' is somehow
      >bent
      >> on our destruction? The idea that Nick has somehow ceased to exist
      >as a
      >> human being because he no longer wishes to hear music made by a
      >group
      >> called 'Suicide' strikes me as the most indefensible form of
      >solipsism.
      >> His final criticism, which is slightly more measured, that list
      >building
      >> is a 'quest for perfection' may be untrue. Thankfully he manages to
      >pull
      >> himself towards the end to stick up for a true 'Wire' man, David
      >Toop,
      >> 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
      >unknown
      >> folks, and I don't think they will be buying our beloved mag
      >anymore.
      >> Alternative music is not a religion, it is a valid and human
      >choice, but
      >> that is all. At the end of the day we are all just people trying to
      >make
      >> our way in life. Live and let live Rob.
      >>
      >> Regards, Keith
      >
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      Keith Brown
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