Elitism/ Circle the Wagons

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Posted by G.H. Hovagimyan on May 22, 1996 at 12:13:38:

I was watching Charlie Rose (an American talk show that's fairly high-toned and intellectual) on TV the other evening. His guests were three young, white, American authors. One author David Foster Wallace has written a 1000 page plus bestseller titled Infinite Jest. What interested me was that all of the writers talked about working around or against television. They also spoke of their work as fairly difficult to engage and not for everyone. They assumed that only the few and constantly shrinking amount of people who read books in America were their audience. This had the effect of saying their work was for an elite few.
In a related manner the big Brouhaha in the NY art world is the exit of galleries from Soho to an ostensibly more isolated location in Manhattan (West Chelsea). In both instances I felt (as a white male) to be attracted to these positions and also fearful of being left out.

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