Sunday, August 17, 2008

Realist Fiction and Propaganda

"Realism" in itself can never do more than confirm the received notions of the "real." The subversive power always resides in an aesthetic denial, in a refusal to bow to the current Lords of Reality--whatever their guise. What better illustration than this?

How "realist" fiction at best, becomes counter-propaganda, waiting to be taken up, as John McCain did last night--turning it into the real thing.


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