For all talks of sincerity it seems to still operate on the inescapable epistemological basis of post-modernism which necessarily begets working with and through irony. I feel like the true spectrum people work on nowadays isn't sincerity-irony but awareness from the outsider savant to the hyper (self) aware
>>7655284 There are a bunch of interesting music scenes going but basically all of the alt-lit disaffected twitter/tumblr crowd is nauseating to me. It's like a caricature of the coffee shop literati. I guess it comes with the ostensible barrier of entry to the form or I'm not looking at the right places but 95% of the time I'd rather consult the canon as far as my /lit/ consumption goes.
What is sincere about it? Doesn't Bukowski have more sincere style, prose, themes and narrative? The New Sincerity strikes me as a worse attempt at what Pynchon and DeLillo were doing in the 60s/70s/80s (& in Franzen's case, he's a wannabe neo-Tolstoy).
I could care less about Harold Bloom but he's right: there are better living writers. In America, the aforementioned. Abroad, and off the top of my head, Houellebecq and Krasznahorkai. In DFW's short life, I would take Garcia Marquez or Saramago any day over his work.
I think between periods where there is really great writing there is a second generation that follows and tries to mimic it and fails. A good example to me is the modernists, and then in the 30s these late-modernists come around like Malcolm Lowry who have none of the creativity or prescience and some of the talent. Its ok, the next great American generation is coming soon.
>>7655284 Just look harder. There are so many now that you can find a niche for anything. The big names are fairly worthless though, with maybe the exception of The Paris Review, which has published interviews with Knausgaard and Houellebecq.
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