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Note On Following Essay.

i wrote the following essay a few years back, when i had a column on the popmatters website. the essay never got put up there, partly due to the fact that the editor believed that comparing a sporting icon to a poet was ridiculous (which was the point, mind you), and also because i wasn't fitting in with the site. good site, good people, not for me. eventually, with the essay lying around and doing nothing, i shunted it off to a russell b farr's zine, no award, where he printed it, and felt moved enough to add his own editorial comment at the bottom as to the fact that he disagreed entirely with it, and thought the essay one of the most naive things he had ever seen.

it just makes me like this little essay even more, really.

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studebakerhawk
Aug. 20th, 2004 01:53 am (UTC)
Bradman.
A major British pop-culture rag cited the "100 Most Important People of All Time"... number one was Beck. I'm certainly not disparaging the merit of Beck (who i quite like), but there was not one author, philosopher, classical, jazz or post-rock musician on the list, not to mention the fact that it was published the year Mother Teresa died (a name conspicuously absent).

I've forgotten my point.

Having said that, the essay was great!
benpeek
Aug. 20th, 2004 05:34 am (UTC)
Re: Bradman.
popculture mags are pretty much useless for everything, and popculture isn't far behind most of the time, i think. (i do like aspects of popculture, though. just a lot of it seems to be an unnecessary justification of things people think are cool.) and i mean, i like beck, there's nothing wrong with a bit of beck... but number one?

i wouldn't say.

anyhow, glad you liked the essay. it appears to be getting more joy now than when it got published a year and a half ago, which is nice.
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