One of the creators of minimalism, his swirling, propulsive style has had a tangible influence on almost all elements of the modern musical vocabulary, from academic composition to the music heard in TV commercials. In fact, they even challenge the concept of opera itself. Because of this some enthusiastic critics have compared Glass to Wagner. Due to such success, Glass is considered to be a controversial composer, drawing the grudge of Modernist critics who feel his accessible, repetitive, and unabashedly tonal works please the masses, setting classical music back by generations.
Just as the camera drove a stake through the heart of serious portraiture and landscape painting, television has killed the novel of social reportage. Truly committed social novelists may still find cracks in the monolith to sink their pitons into. But they do so with the understanding that they can no longer depend on their material, as William Dean Howells and Upton Sinclair and Harriet Beecher Stowe did, but only on their own sensibilities, and with the expectation that no one will be reading them for news.
This is less strange than it might sound. No one had yet seen an e-reader, but there was among my writer friends a pervasive sense that the book, and the centuries-old culture that had grown up around it, were under assault.
Franzen, then the author of two well-received but relatively little-known novels, captured this anxiety in his essay, asking aloud the question we were all quietly putting to ourselves: For another, the third novel that Franzen was so painfully bringing into being during the writing of his essay turned out to be The Correctionswhich won the National Book Award and made Franzen the most famous non-guest in the history of Oprah.
Even TV was simpler. If you wanted to watch a show, you had to sit down in front of your set at the prescribed time and watch it.
Television, like much of mass culture in the pre-Internet era, was an authoritarian regime: Not only are the distractions of movies, songs, YouTube videos and web memes ubiquitous and easily accessible; they now proliferate from the bottom up. How is an aspiring novelist intent on telling a quiet tale of romantic love supposed to compete with a home-grown rap tune whose signature line runs: How does a young poet stand a chance against the AutoTuned novelty of a Rebecca Black?
According to blogger Seth Abramson, who tracks creative writing program rankings at The Suburban Ecstasies, the twenty most selective MFA programs are now harder to get into than Harvard Medical School.
And you have to go down to No. If you are a Millennial feeling the urge to see what pre-Oprah-dustup Jonathan Franzen reads like, I can save you the trouble. It is 15, words long, and readers hoping to savor the morsels of wit and wisdom sprinkled liberally through the text must hack through a thick, fibrous membrane of authorial ego.
In recent years, Franzen, now a successful author in his fifties, has made very public peace with Oprah and is capable of presenting himself on the page as a thoughtful, empathetic guy.
But this is not that Jonathan Franzen. This Jonathan Franzen is beset by stupidity on all sides. The latter description, apparently, fits Franzen to a T, and he is relieved to hear Heath tell him that readers who came to books to cure their social isolation are more likely than other kinds of readers to become writers.
Thus, we have Shirley Brice Heath and her eccentric research project to thank for the wonder that is The Corrections, along with the to my mind somewhat less wondrous Freedom. And what of Tao Lin, who at age 27 has written two novels, a novella, a collection of stories, and two volumes of poetry?
Or Joshua Cohen, who had published the page Witz his fifth book by 30? Apparently, this form of storytelling has a future. I would go so far as to say that serious fiction and poetry will survive because of their relative simplicity, not in spite of it.
We live amid a constant high-tech, high-revenue din: Next to that stands a poem.
Or a book of stories. Ever seen paid product placement in a poem? Ever had to fast-forward through the ads to read a book?
The Kindle may be young, but substantive works of fiction, whether on paper or a screen, stand as islands of commercial and mental quiet in a sea of cultural noise. The cost of entry into the world of writing is extremely low, and getting lower by the day.
To write a novel, a talented writer needs a laptop and a lot of free time. Of course, you could say much the same about DeAndre Way. But look what happened to him.
After the first Soulja Boy video went viral, Way signed with Interscope Records and his first album went platinum, meaning it moved more than a million units.There’s no doubt that Philip Glass is the world’s best known living composer.
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They were a direct early competitor . The Glass Teat: Essays of Opinion on Television (ISBN X) is a compilation of television reviews and essays written by Harlan Ellison as a regular weekly column for the Los Angeles Free Press from late into early , discussing the effects of television upon society.
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