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Subj:    Re: [Genius2000Conference2000] 00101001010111.org:  the Best of 
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Date:   4/22/2001 9:07:01 AM Central Daylight Time
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 (If we concede that Coupland's art is 
> in some way imagistic and able to elicit direct feeling through fiction 
where 
> Frank's non-fiction perhaps cannot.)
> 

I started reading Frank while I was still in Graduate school, and I refuse to 
posit him as some dry alternative to Coupland or other novelists. He writes 
sharp, emotionally engaging prose. He is much more entertaining than most 
novelists and poets--reading his work isn't like taking a vitamin pill or 
something. He can write imagistic prose--in fact, at his strongest he tends 
to write closer to first person essay than to third person criticism.

His use of "Under God" is ignored in certain quarters for the same reason 
Genius2000 is ignored in certain quarters. Nobody likes to hear it suggested 
that they are anything less than 100%, autonomous free agents. They like 
Franks witty, cutting criticisms of pop culture--after all, we all are 
smarter enough to make fun of Sprite and Levi commercials, but they don't 
want to be interested in the way those commercials are part of a metaphysics 
of branding that we all participate in, whether we want to chose to or not. 
In the circles where Frank is actually read with seriousness, and not as a 
kind of hot and tasty philosopher of the month, the "under god" part is not 
ignored. I think as Genius2000 starts to become increasingly active as 
location of resistance against the suicidal and homicidal global economy, 
there will be no lack of audience for it.
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(If we concede that Coupland's art is 
> in some way imagistic and able to elicit direct feeling through fiction where 
> Frank's non-fiction perhaps cannot.)
> 

I started reading Frank while I was still in Graduate school, and I refuse to posit him as some dry alternative to Coupland or other novelists. He writes sharp, emotionally engaging prose. He is much more entertaining than most novelists and poets--reading his work isn't like taking a vitamin pill or something. He can write imagistic prose--in fact, at his strongest he tends to write closer to first person essay than to third person criticism.

His use of "Under God" is ignored in certain quarters for the same reason Genius2000 is ignored in certain quarters. Nobody likes to hear it suggested that they are anything less than 100%, autonomous free agents. They like Franks witty, cutting criticisms of pop culture--after all, we all are smarter enough to make fun of Sprite and Levi commercials, but they don't want to be interested in the way those commercials are part of a metaphysics of branding that we all participate in, whether we want to chose to or not. In the circles where Frank is actually read with seriousness, and not as a kind of hot and tasty philosopher of the month, the "under god" part is not ignored. I think as Genius2000 starts to become increasingly active as location of resistance against the suicidal and homicidal global economy, there will be no lack of audience for it.
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