[ilds] Youth Movement

Denise Tart & David Green dtart at bigpond.net.au
Wed May 6 14:47:01 PDT 2015

Writers used to be big news in the pre and early television age. My dad 
remembers people like Brendan Behan and Dylan Thomas making head lines and 
Hemmingway too. That's not the case now. I mainly hear about writers and 
books on the Public Radio i.e. the ABC or in Arts sections of SOME weekend 
papers such as the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age or the Australian. 
Otherwise it is all about politicians, terrorists, the rich and fatuous 
(very few writers) sport and business. Corporatisation and the destruction 
of people into market segments is insidious and pervasive and education is 
no different. I see little attention to critical thinking, but a lot on 
producing a certain 'type' of person. watch out for Global Standard Person. 
Durrell and Miller would turn in their respective graves. Maybe the writers 
need to be more outrageous like Houllebecq or go on Barnstorming benders 
like Behan and Thomas. When I writers interviewed these days, they all sound 
so nice and tame and modest and look way too fit. Where  are the chain 
smoking booze artists with vast egos and libidos. where is Anais Nin?
maybe they are out there, hiding their light under a bushel. Perhaps medical 
science can bring Ernest back to life?

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From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 10:01 PM
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Subject: Re: [ilds] Youth Movement

> I'm pessimistic about the future of literature.  I agree with David Green. 
> We live in an age without great writers and without an appreciation of 
> greatness.  The culture has radically changed.  Corporate culture has 
> taken over, and that includes both the publishing industry and the 
> academic production of MFAs.  It's all about the "bottom line" and 
> standardization.
> Bruce

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