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Pretentiousness: Why it Matters
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Pretentiousness: Why it Matters (Paperback)

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What is pretentiousness? Why do we despise it? And more controversially: why is it vital to a thriving culture? In this brilliant, passionate essay, Dan Fox argues that it has always been an essential mechanism of the arts, from the most wildly successful pop music and fashion through to the most recondite avenues of literature and the visual arts. PRETENTIOUSNESS: WHY IT MATTERS unpacks the uses and abuses of the term, tracing its connections to theatre, politics and class. From method acting to vogueing balls in Harlem, from Brian Eno to normcore, Fox draws on a wide range of references in advocating critical imagination and open-mindedness over knee-jerk accusations of elitism or simple fear of the new and the different. Drawing on his own experiences growing up and working at the more radical edges of the arts, this book is a timely defence of pretentiousness as a necessity for innovation and diversity in our culture.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceBiographyMemoirsEssays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essays Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions Publication Date: 10/02/2016 ISBN-13: 9781910695043  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Dan Fox is a writer, musician, and co-editor of frieze magazine, Europe's foremost magazine of art and culture. He is based in New York.

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I'm going to make the assumption that if you're on this website then you're probably really into books and have, at some point, been called pretentious. I work for Foyles, so you can imagine how many times that accusation has been levelled at me. Fox examines how this accusation is used to stifle difference and curiousity - the equivalent of 'knowing your place'. He urges us to defiantly not know our pace and instead revel in a diversity of interests.

Gary, Charing Cross Road

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 15/04/2016

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