Can’t seem to get your mind away

February 22, 2012


How soon after Gutenberg did pulp fiction, trash literature, pornography appear? Why is there a market for it? Trash literature would include all those magazines you see on stands as you leave the store. And the novels in the turntables. Romances, mysteries, science fiction. Most of the literature in Chapters. And now reality shows on television. Including royal weddings. Public executions. Talk radio. House renovations.

And then there is what we call ‘serious’ literature, art etc. And what does it deal with? Too often it deals with the effects of ‘trash culture’. You can’t seem to get your mind away from the compost heap.

And maybe. That’s why. Every so often we go back to the ancient Greeks. Not that they were prudes. But because ‘trash’ bored them.

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