A scrapbook of stuff I'm reading / looking at / listening to / thinking about...
Posts tagged "fame"
Nov 17, 2013
The way people behave. They refuse to admire their contemporaries, the people whose lives they share. No, but to be admired by Posterity—people they’ve never met and never will—that’s what they set their hearts on. You might as well be upset at not being a hero to your great-grandfather.
Feb 03, 2013
» William Gibson's theory of celebrity
There is the celebrity, and there is the live human around whom the celebrity has manifested. The celebrity may die within the lifespan of the live human (tends to be sad, but not always)… or may (Elvis) long survive the death of the live human. Awkwardness ensues (1) when we confuse the live human with the celebrity, or (2) when celebrity’s live human identifies exclusively as celebrity. The greater a live human’s celebrity, the more painful the oscillation between our very different apprehensions of the two entities. A homeopathic dose of celebrity of one’s own makes this easier to observe in self/others, yet confers little immunity to that oscillation.
May 26, 2012
Nov 12, 2011
I’m just so sick of myself. I can’t imagine how everyone else feels.
Apr 07, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
» 24/7 Relentless Careerism: How you can become the most important poet in America overnight.
This talk by Jim Behrle made me laugh:
The most famous poets are not the most gifted, the most daring, or the most geniusy. Fame and poetry mix best through steady mediocrity, the creation of a “poetic voice” and a concrete underpinning of institutional power. You ought to write poems that scare or challenge no one, poems that are speckled with the kind of folksy charm people like in politicians. Be experimental in name only.
Most poets in America have boring office jobs in which they are screwing around on the Internet most of the time. Just mention the names of as many contemporary poets as you can in all your blog posts. You will catch all the self-googlers self-googling. Self-promotion is the only kind of promotion left….there are two kinds of poets: those you’ve heard of and those you haven’t.
Jan 27, 2010
I’ve heard this story again and again from those who’ve risen into the lower ranks of microfame. At a few hundred or a few thousand followers, they’re having fun — but any bigger and it falls apart. Social media stops being social. It’s no longer a bantering process of thinking and living out loud. It becomes old-fashioned broadcasting. The lesson? There’s value in obscurity.
Subscribe to my newsletter and get new art, writing, and interesting links delivered to your inbox every week.