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Oh, postmodernism...you fickle, fickle beast. Why can you not be satisfied with one discipline, with working within a single genre at a time? You mash genres together like Girl Talk mashes songs. Your manifestations are ubiquitous, pervading our culture, our landscape, and our.... uh, cultural landscape.
Below is a visual aid representation of the most recent books I’ve read. They are dividedby before I read any Cormac McCarthy (Pre-Mac) and during or after reading Cormac McCarthy (Post-Mac). These are novels I consider above average or great, books that stick out in my memory. I’ve omitted books I began and abandoned. Generally, these books are from oldest to most recently read; however, I am not responsible for these not being in exact order.
I took a class in college called Electronic Rhetoric. Interesting stuff if a bit abstract. Unless you’ve been living in a cave you may have noticed that technology has affected the way people communicate. The way information is disseminated. Inter-personal dialogue has been replaced by texting, IMing, Emailing; sometimes words and letters aren’t even necessary. Have you ever used an ‘emoticon’? In ancient Greece, philosophic and political discourses would often last an entire day if not longer. Roosevelt’s fireside chats usually lasted about 30 minutes.
I think Cormac McCarthy is taking over my life. I kid you not. After a long and heated debate, with myself, I finally convinced myself that Blood Meridian is my new all-time favorite novel. Now to the average casual reader this may not seem like a life altering event. But for me, this momentous declaration becomes as serious as Rob Fleming’s (of High Fidelity) All-Time Top 5 Lists.