I just bought an autographed copy of The Tunnel. What can I expect?
For one, some of the best prose of the last 50 years; for two, pretty metaphors and similes; for three, an amount of confusion you haven't felt since Ulysses or JR; for four, a truly disturbing time poking around in Kohler's (by extention, Gass') head; and, for five, some incredibly interesting and original themes. It's important going in to know that Kohler is in many ways Gass: they share childhood experiences, jobs, and a hatred for the whole of humanity. Remember: according to Gass himself, he writes to get back at his abusive parents; this is his revenge.
Oh I see. Since he said his writing isn't post modern, it must not be post modern
This is the dumbest fucking argument ever. The writer's opinion is irrelevant after the work has been written
That's interesting. I hadn't heard that before. I would have considered him postmodern from the small preview of his work that I've seen, but I guess I'll have to wait until I get the book. Then again, how much of a difference could there be between "postmodern" and "decayed modern"
it's better be this Tunnel
Postmodernism: a reaction to the horrors of the world wars and industrialist society; in contrast to modernism, postmodernism is often depraved, disturbing, and revelatory of a heightened feeling of isolation and alienation like that of existentialist writers; it is bitter and cynical, biting and rebellious, chaotic and skeptical.
Barthel was interesting and insightful. Undergrads howling "DEATH OF THE AUTHOR" at everything without even understanding what Barthes was talking about make him look a lot worse than he is.