Vogon or Flarf? (via Silliman)
A sign: KHW MOOB'S THAO MARKET.
From the comment stream on Silliman's blog:
Quoting from (and riposting to) Peter Burger's Theory of the Avant-Garde to suggest its obsolescence, Kenny Goldsmith wrote:
"'For in literature, there is no technical innovation that could have produced an effect comparable to that of photography in the fine arts.' Now there is."
So I called my friend Richard Prince on the phone and read him Goldsmith's passage above, and he paused and laughed this kind of blank, haughty laugh, and said:
"Dang! If only Burger were still around to write the sequel, and show how Conceptual Poetry and Flarf are breakthrough, authentic, autonomous poetic-critical formations, and not, as the confused or envious wrongly perceive, yet more accretion of carefully calculated Neo-avant-garde "institution of Art" phenomena!"
"But all those modifiers, Richard... Surely you're being ironic and self-mocking!" I said.
"No," he said. "I'm absolutely freaking serious." --Kent Johnson