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Is Hiss the New Silence?
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From: babyiwasshot Date: December 20th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

cultural artyfacts

Lenny Kaye's 1972 Nuggets collection

Yesss! You're the only other person I know who has heard of this fantastic compendium of tracks.

Also, it's nice to know that other people--good writers like yourself--struggle with the same OCD verbosity that utterly kills my own writing.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 20th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: cultural artyfacts

Hmm. I think I do have OCD verbosity, a less intense and far less beautiful version of the sort that David Foster Wallace exhibits. But the thing I was talking about here is actually the opposite, in a sense. Once I turn off the verbosity, I frequently move into a mode where I revise to the point where every word is so tightly locked in place that making further changes is absurdly hard. That's what leads, I think, to the airlessness I mentioned.

As for Lennny Kaye's collection, which you can reproduce with the Rhino box set, I think it's extraordinarily important within the context of both popular music history and contemporary culture more generally. I mean, here's a compilation from 1972 that's full of music that's mostly from a little over a half decade before. Recent history, in other words, but in an era when that kind of historical consciousness, especially where cultural artifacts were concerned, was a striking innovation.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 21st, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: cultural artyfacts

Before I forget, the Believer's most recent movie issue featured an article on "mockbusters", straight-to-DVD films that are titled similarly to major releases. It discusses the evolution of B-movies in interesting ways. I can scan it for you.
From: babyiwasshot Date: December 22nd, 2008 04:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: cultural artyfacts

I can scan it for you.

Please do so if you have time, then shoot it to me either via email (amcghee@email.arizona.edu) or a link. THANKS!!!

Since you know quite a lot about Benjamin, where do you think such films would fit into his "dialectical image" schema:



I'd say they're either a fetish or a wish image/symbol, but then I don't know a whole lot about Benjamin and his ideas.
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