>...Oates demonstrates, more powerfully than ever before, that even if our libraries ceased to exist future historians would be able to reconstruct the minutiae and meaning of our life and times from her expansive body of work." —Pulitzer Prize Jury
Damn, that's some high praise.
Honestly no, he isn't. He didn't make a very good argument, and you're probably right, his post is simply a kneejerk reaction to his realization that he's inadequate when compared to a person that he assumed he was superior to, but keeping the progressive filth out of /lit/ for so long is what has preserved its elitism. Thanks to posters like >>7630096 we are extra paranoid about being presented with media that has the backing of academia and the intellectual establishment but lacks the merit of our favorite writers. /lit/ doesn't look like /mu/ or /co/ because we aren't afraid to call out political bias and mediocrity in the media promoted by the most world's popular taste-makers. There is no Ta-nehisi Coates or Junot Díaz or other such trash here.
Instinctive distrust and contrarianism allows us to think independently of the progressive cultural establishment and delve deeper into classic works of literature and philosophy that are ignored and mocked today. If we got rid of all our racist and sexist posters, this forum would look like r/literature or The Atlantic's homepage. No thanks.
There was a point where mu tended more on the elitist side of the spectrum but it was subterfuged by its own irony towards pop into sincere poptimism that really opened pamdora's box. I agree with your sentiment gemerally but feel that ironic affection is as strong here despite any sincere elitism; lit just happens to be more closely engaged with the canon and marginally more discerning in that sense to at least not consume pulitzer flavor of the month as easily.
I never liked Oates that much, but the whole thing with the PEN Center and her remarks on the Hebdo thing made me think much less of her. I'm on Rushdie's side in that matter, and I'd say he has a right to remark on that type of thing.
My parents once met JCO when she came to speak at the University both were teaching at.
They both recall her as being constantly drunk, to the degree that she didn't know what state she was in.
While I do not want to hijack the thread, I would like to remind everyone that
>Big Boi: Didn't fuck up his half of the double album, great solo album, continues to take artistic risks.
>Andre: Fucked up Love Below mostly, is why we have no more Outkast, played Jimi Hendrix in a movie, made a pretty good cartoon.
Game set Big Boi.
>even if our libraries ceased to exist future historians would be able to reconstruct the minutiae and meaning of our life and times from her expansive body of work
What is it with Americans and overrating the importance of American literature?