Don’t you hate when someone describes a writer as “perhaps the most gifted writer …of his generation”….(This was in the dust jacket of the memoir Experience by Martin Amis.) Can you sound more noncommittal than “perhaps” and more restricted than “of his generation”…don’t compare him outside of those borders because, perhaps, maybe, he’s something else altogether. If someone were writing my dust jacket, I would be very suspicious of their true admiration if they so carefully declared it….but that’s me..and that’s probably simplifying things a bit much.
My real point today is to share this bit I read in Experience (published in 2000)…
“It’s not the case that in the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes. In the future everyone will be famous all the time–but only in their own minds. It is a lookalike fame, karaoke fame.”
Goddammit that describes the world we live in now to the letter…fucking karaoke fame! YouTube, blogs, social media, self publishing…we create, produce, promote our art or our lives all the time …we’re our own paparazzi …and we think people notice and give a shit…In the words of Huell Howser, “That’s AMAZING.”