There are certain books I only read because of it's author's real life. Those books are usually about real life experiences the author knew and I don't. Junkie by Burroughs for example. That shit ain't no narrative or themathic worthy, but I read it cuz I wanted to know about being a junkie during the 50s. I wouldn't give a fuck about that novel if it wasn't written by a real junkie.
>>7648696 So your experience of the text would retroactively change if you now learnt that Burroughs' biography was not what you thought it was? Or that the work had been misattributed to Burroughs and was actually written by someone else?
>>7648698 Pre information gives us knowledge, a sense of context, but I would argue that this also puts certain limitations on the book. Historical contexts are added while the book could easily be seen as something that could pertain to everyone no matter in what time period they are...no?
>>7648707 Yes, because I found no aesthetic/thematic/literary pleasure in Junkie. I read it like a report. If a report happens to be written by someone who didn't presence that shit, it has no value. So called subjective/new journalism is fine tho, maybe because it's less trustful than actual journalism. Thinkin bout In Cold Blood by Capote now, but that shit ain't really such an innovation. Dosto himself got inspiratuon from news to write some of his shit.
>>7648657 Never affected me at all. I don't care if Homer was a cross-dressing dweeb who fucked goats and stuck his dick in fires to masturbate, doesn't stop what he actually wrote being great literature..
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