Has anyone read the work of Kenneth Goldsmith, described as a "conceptual poet" or "literary trickster?" His "Soliloquy" consists of every word he spoke for a week. "The Weather" contains a year's worth of weather bulletins from 1010 WINS, an all-news radio station. And "Day" is a transcript of every sentence printed in the NYT on September 1, 2000. The author refers to his work as "mimetic" and "uncreative." I can think of some who might say it's not art. He recently became the first poet laureate appointed by the Museum of Modern Art.
June 21, 2013, 21:11
Sounds like the literary equivalent of the sound collages of John Oswald maybe.
OMG Bob your friend's website gave me the First Good Belly Laugh of the Day. FYI, yesterday's occurred during the opening 10 mins of "Dark Shadows", an HBO spoof starring Johnny Depp. I believe I need to organize and report such data in a website of my own. Shall I call it FGBLD.com? Or perhaps simply guffawcount.com...
June 22, 2013, 10:19
I would 'count' the site as art. It makes a great statement on the digital age!
I made an immediate association with an arty, B&W TV film I saw in the early '80's, when limos had been equipped with cell phones for a decade, but the concept of widespread mobile hand-devices was not in the public mind. In the play, everybody had one. The spectacle of a NYC lunchtime crowd yakking into phones as they pushed their way down the sidewalks was disconcerting. Meanwhile we see our hero answering his device from his subway ride: 'yeah, Mom (munch, munch) hi. Um-hm. Yeah, I'm eating a tunafish sandwich'-- which struck me as hilarious then, & how true it turned out to be.
June 22, 2013, 11:09
Last night on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, the winner of one bout, waiting in his corner for the announcer to certify the win, had his gloves removed and immediately grabbed a cell phone (whether he called or someone else couldn't wait to congratulate him is not available) and strode the ring, gabbing away. I've lost count of the number of husbands I've seen in the market perusing the shelves while receiving orders from wives directing them to specific items. Apparently no one writes out lists on paper any more.
Give a man a fish and he can eat for one day; give a man a fishing pole and he will find an excuse to never work again. Nollidj is power.
June 22, 2013, 19:24
Originally posted by goofy: Sounds like the literary equivalent of the sound collages of John Oswald maybe.
I just listened to some of that - it's weirdly compelling!This message has been edited. Last edited by: BobHale,
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