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Author Unknown / Wired / October 1997

Harmony Korine, writer of both the screenplay Kids and his directorial debut, Gummo, reads Groucho Marx and S. J. Perleman in his free time.

Eddie Cantor: A Bio-Bibliography, by James Fisher. "The work of Cantor, a turn-of-the-century vaudeville entertainer, is intrinsically futuristic and appropriate for the end of the millennium. Vaudeville wasn't about creating from scratch, but about making sense of what's been done before. In this regard, Cantor isn't much different from the "alternative" music of today, which is not alternative at all, but accumulated renditions and musings of the talent predating them.

"I also read Walter Benjamin. His philosophy regarding art in the age of mechanical production is as radical today as it was in the early part of this century. Like Cantor, Benjamin encapsulates a society of reiterations, where perhaps the great novel of our time is not original, but consists entirely of other peoples' quotations; where a film's narrative is not written, but ripped apart to its essence. Perhaps this is the predominant movement of the future."




Wired (October 1997)