Monday post — recanted rant

From the New York Times Book Review a week ago, a Q&A with Scott Turow:

What was the last truly great book you read?

patti smith blogWhen I noticed that Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” had won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2010, I ranted about contemporary culture, so celebrity-besotted that we were now giving vaunted literary prizes to rock stars. Then I read the book. It is profound and unique, a perfectly wrought account of what it means to give your life to art and to another person. I expect it to be read with wonder for a long time.

Something to think about, the next time someone in comments here — or anywhere else — rants about contemporary culture. “Then I read the book.” A step many people who make this rant never think to take.



  1. says

    And of course many people never listen to the music they rant about, either — or give it a chance to penetrate into their brains, which often takes a while with music.

  2. Jack Haynes says

    Yes. Well then there’s Miley Cyrus. I would always have expected an artist like Patti Smith to be drawing from deep wells. But I don’t need to burn many neurons to know that poor Ms. Cyrus (one example among many) is a product, and not in the same class. Here endeth the rant.

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