Thursday, 1 October 2009

A couple of quotations:

Alexander McCall Smith:
"Stories have an effect in this world. They are part of our moral conversation as a society. They weigh in; they change the world because they become part of our cultural history. There never was an Anna Karenina or a Madame Bovary, even if there might have been models, but what happened to these characters has become part of the historical experience ofwomen."
Robert Young quoting Paul Theroux on the Comics Journal forum:
"They appeared in multi-issue sequences, like Victorian magazines Household Worlds or All The Year Round, which printed David Copperfield in installments over many months. Nana was one of these--not the Zola novel but thirty-five issues of a Japanese cartoon character and her picaresque and often sexual adventures. Other narratives concerned tough guys, schoolkids, gang-bangers, mobsters, adventurers, sports, fashion, motor racing, and of course hard-core porno--rape, strangulation, abduction. Even with declining sales, from a peak of $5 billion a year, graphic novels in some form are probably the future of popular literature. --increasingly they are being downloaded to cell phones. Purely pictorial pleasure, undemanding, without an idea or a challenge, yet obviously stimulating, a sugar high like junk food, another softener of the brain; they spell the end of the traditional novel, perhaps the end of writing itself."

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Blogger Matthew Adams said...

"Even with declining sales, from a peak of $5 billion a year, graphic novels in some form are probably the future of popular literature. --increasingly they are being downloaded to cell phones. Purely pictorial pleasure, undemanding, without an idea or a challenge, yet obviously stimulating, a sugar high like junk food, another softener of the brain; they spell the end of the traditional novel, perhaps the end of writing itself."

Hard to take very seriously. First comics were to blame, then tv was to blame, then computer games, now its comics again.

The article by Alexander McCall Smith was more interesting, and I am glad he refered to it as stories.

1 October 2009 10:05:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

and I maybe I didn't like the Paul Theroux quote much because it was titled

GHOST TRAIN TO THE EASTERN STAR

Chapter 28
Night Train To Hokkaido

And I am assuming that this is the title given to this particular chapter in a book by Paul Theroux himself. I like 'Night train to the stars' by Kenji Miyazawa, and felt that the writing in no way honored the story it was ripping it's title from.

1 October 2009 10:14:00 pm GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

nice to hear from somebody who knows their stuff. I think you're working up to picking a fight with me. Pistols after lunch.

2 October 2009 12:28:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

I suspect my knowledge is rather limited compared to your's, Mister Campbell.

But if you are buying lunch I will bring the pistols

The word verification today is hufflous, which would perfectly describe the amount / and or type of knowledge i have.

2 October 2009 2:15:00 am GMT-5  
Blogger Aaron White said...

It's interesting that Paul Theroux mentions Nana specifically... folks like Dirk Deppey have nothing but praise for that particular manga. Haven't read it myself, but its reputation is not that of junk food.

2 October 2009 8:17:00 am GMT-5  

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