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King_Ghidra
20-04-2005, 13:28:49
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1463350,00.html

the ridiculousness of the questions matched only by the unintellectual banality of welsh's answers

MM: According to Roberto Calasso, "loss proceeds presence. Every image must abide by this rule". What about the loss of hair?

IW: To lose a few hairs is careless, to lose the lot is truly a blessing.

MM: For Hannah Arendt, "mercy insists on inequality". Do you feel equal to the task?

IW: Yes, mercifully.

MM: Martin Heidegger said: "The light of the public obscures everything." Does this confirm "the unbearable lightness of being"?

IW: I never really got on with Heidegger, although probably shouldn't say that as I'm headed to Vienna. Sometimes I think the light of the public illuminates what might be better kept hidden.


actually interviews like this appear in the art mags all the time sadly

Gramercy Riffs
20-04-2005, 13:31:01
MM: For Hannah Arendt, "mercy insists on inequality". Do you feel equal to the task?

IW: Yes, mercifully.



:lol:

Funko
20-04-2005, 13:54:09
MM: Are we condemned to hope?

IW: I would certainly hope so. The alternatives seem unsustainable.

:lol:

protein
20-04-2005, 14:03:40
I hate people who talk like that. They tend to keep their chins held abnormally high, the corners of their mouth turned down and when they laugh they do it entirely through their nose in a smarmy sniggery snort.

DevilsH@lo
20-04-2005, 14:11:00
they tend to be called Brian Sewell

King_Ghidra
20-04-2005, 14:13:18
hmm yeah i was wrong to call welsh's response banal, really they are smug

Scabrous Birdseed
20-04-2005, 15:09:55
Oh come on. The interviewer is taking the piss and Irvine Welsh is in on it. It's an absurdist pseudo-parody of a real interview, in some kind of strange attempt at postmodern humour.

The image of Friedrich Schiller surfing near Lesbos is my favourite bit. Slots perfectly in with the Swedish sense of humour.

King_Ghidra
20-04-2005, 15:15:03
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Oh come on. The interviewer is taking the piss and Irvine Welsh is in on it. It's an absurdist pseudo-parody of a real interview, in some kind of strange attempt at postmodern humour.


so pretentious and smug then, thank you

Scabrous Birdseed
20-04-2005, 15:18:40
It would be if they were taking themselves remotely seriously. Which they're not. Pretentiousness tends to exclude self-awareness.

Funko
20-04-2005, 16:13:46
I thought it was pretty funny and... I agree with SB that it's clearly a piss take.

But it is a pretentious and smug pisstake..

I'll get my coat.

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
20-04-2005, 17:09:31
Not having clicked the link, I can only assume this is the transcript of some kind of 21st century Eliza-bot.

King_Ghidra
20-04-2005, 17:10:58
or MegaHAL, best site ever!

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
20-04-2005, 17:26:10
:beer:

jsorense
20-04-2005, 21:46:29
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
postmodern humour
That looks like an oxymoron to me. :rolleyes: