RARA-AVIS: Re: Vian and America

From: ssshapir (ssshapir@yahoo.com)
Date: 10 Dec 2008

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    I think The word Gonzalo chose to use to describe Vian's work is probably the most apt -- 'parody'. There is more than a streak of parody in all of his work. But I don't think he thought he was superior to the genre. I think he was just having fun (and, yeah, probably making a quick buck). Likewise his 'America bashing'. I think he had a genuine liking for certain aspects of American culture. This is a man who loved jazz and hung out with Duke Ellington. You don't have to hate America to hate segregation.

    It's funny, the visceral reaction Vian generates. I get worked up in a similar way about Frank Miller. Which is not to say I don't see what others see in him.

    Sean Shapiro

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