I can not discuss about McLuhan with you because I did not read much of his
work. What I really did not like yesterday is the idea that he said that
Literature is dead, but if you have other meanings for which he said, things
change. To read McLuhan is anything that is missing in my life bibliography.
But it is never late to start, for which book do you think that I have to
start my McLuhan adventure?
As you certainly know my formation is in Anthropology of Art, so that I can
not think that any art expression will disappear and give place to other
If you remember, Picasso and Bracque created cubism from African masks,
masks of a less complexe (?) culture and I yet admire african masks. I
believe in "less complex", I believe in complex too, I do not like the idea
that a nice less complexe culture must be victim of evolutionism. I am for
good Art, it does not mind if it is more complex or less complex. That is
it, however people think differently, and if you do not agree with me, it is
not a problem. It shows how humanity is nice in its difference.
You know how I like your work and how I work with literature in my own
multimedia way. But I think that these are our ways and that there are other
ways so beautiful like ours. One of them is literature to be print. I like
books, to feel the smell of an old book, imagine how many hands opened it
... Also I like new books, to feel the smell of them and imagine how many
hands will yet touch them... When I was a teen, I was what people call in
Brazil "rato de biblioteca" > "mice of library", I still remember the old
building of the library of my school and the time I spent there looking for
interesting books, books that made me fly hight, very hight in an unlikely
What will be the Art of the future well, the future will tell us, I am sure.
Ps: I have just written my first literay text, my previous texts are
parodies of other Author texts that I admire. I think you know them because
of my e-books. However this one is not a parody, it is really mine and I am
very proud of it ;-). The interesting is that it appears from a not very
nice event, Helen Jamieson suffers an accident and she had to substitute a
portion of her femur to a tantalum piece. She is featuring this in her blog
). Also she is inviting people to
create stories for that event. I created mine and liked and decided to do a
multimedia book with it. If you have time, browser at
) and read it. No, it
is not my intention to make a printed book ;-), as you, multimedia is my
favorite way of creation.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Andrews" <email@example.com
Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 7:22 AM
Subject: RE: RHIZOME_RAW: Marshall McLuhan, "actual destroyer of our
>> " What idea of McLuhan's are you thinking of?"
>> This one, which I cut from the text you sent yesterday morning.
>> " Immediately, Marshall McLuhan's philosophies are brought into the
>> discussion. They speak of McLuhan's theory that literature is finished. "
>> Literature is not finished because of television or new medias
>> and, the best
>> way to read Literature up to now, are yet common books. Have you read the
>> complete Eco's text and not only the two paragraphs of my
>> yesterday morning
> I had a quick read of it. Have you read 'Understanding Media' or any of
> McLuhan's other books? Yet we know something about McLuhan, though most of
> it is second-hand or via video or sound. In saying 'literature is
> he might have been thinking of how his own work was propagating. There are
> his books, yes, and they are an important part of his oeuvre, but what
> people know about Marshall McLuhan is *not* his books. They've encountered
> other people talking/writing about him, or have heard recordings or seen
> Literature--print literature--now shares the literary pie with other
> Intense engagement with language is not limited to words on a page, as you
> know. Serious, imaginative writing is not limited to literature (print).
> Also, given the contemporary situation, can you imagine the most promising
> young writers gravitating to print? I would think that intensest
> with language are to be had elsewhere.
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