Video killed the literary star……

An open letter from Walter Kirn. It’s hilarious and yet rather interesting critic of what is lost as writing becomes more glamorized and more open to the “fluff” of television. Also I might be a bit biased towards this because I’m not a fan of James Franco. Regardless of if you agree with all he says, it’s worth a listen.


5 comments on “Video killed the literary star……

  1. Our society is filled with a vary large cap between great television shows and “fluff” (or as I like to refer to them as “trash”) shows. Even some shows are being aired a half of a season before getting “the axe;” sure these shows may not be as funny as others, they take more imagination than misconstrued reality shows. This includes the “Real Housewives” shows that reproduce like rabbits, and several others.

    In the middle rests news programs and sports among many other in-betweeners.

    I’m indifferent with Franco. He has the ability to better himself, but he hangs out with Danny McBride, who plays the same f’ing role in every production he is in.

    Even the sillier comedies are not sufficing due to the malarkey that drowns them out. After a long day of work, people–my ex–want to watch television and “not think.”

    That’s not the way many of us want to be entertained.

    Great post! 🙂

  2. i enjoy James Franco for the most part, but that doesn’t mean that Kirn’s point isn’t a good one.There always has been a divide between “Literature” and every other form of entertainment. It’s a lofty thing, filled with stereotypes of coffee shops and cigarette smoke, and abstract debates. Philosophies played out in fiction. Writing that is designed to make you think about yourself, society, and everything else in between.

    I don’t really partake of that world, personally. The occasional McCarthy novel, or collection from Adam Johnson, but other than that, I’m “slumming” it with the rest of the world over in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy corner of the bookstore, drooling.

    But what about these big name authors, like Patterson, who have television commercials for their books? Hell, I think even Stephen King had one for “Full Dark, No Stars”, and I practically worship the man.

    But, I still HATE these commercials. With the cap locks on level of hate. It just feels wrong, and I can’t quite tell you why. These aren’t films, they’re books. They don’t need trailers, because trailers give you some notion of what the novel is about, they set a tone, and therefore taint your imagination. A trailer tells you what to think about a work of art. It cuts off any burgeoning thought with an irrefutable, visual display that shuts down the imagination and plants fiction in a sudden swirl of reality. If I wanted reality, I sure as hell wouldn’t be reading Stephen King.

    Anyway, I’ll stop ranting on your post. Thanks for sharing this video, I really enjoyed it!

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