[Jandek] Jandek Lives!
fatehi at berkeley.edu
Thu Jan 22 21:47:07 PST 2009
On Jan 22, 2009, at 7:44 PM, Feigin Boris wrote:
> This is not Jandek hate-speech - I view it as a said indictment on
> us, the fans. I think it has also been said in this list
> before...the discussions among the fans have definitely slowed down
> and there seems to be a lot less excitement now that Jandek has
> "outed" himself, so to speak, with his live performances. Here is a
> call to all the fans: I think we are in real danger of taking
> Jandek for granted. The Representative is one of the greatest
> musicians and artists of our (or any) time. I know I've been guilty
> myself but...let's get re-enthused, let's get excited about Jandek,
> let's maintain the rage!!!
You know, Boris, I think there's a very good reason that the
excitement over exegesis would have simmered down a bit in the wake
of Jandek's live performances. I haven't been on the list long enough
to say whether that's actually been the case -- it's possible that
the general interest has only *apparently* waned -- but here's why I
think that might happen:
When something is mysterious, it engages our natural desire to know
and, in absence of knowledge, to invent. Part of that process is a
really rewarding kind of creative brain work where we look for
connections between the facts at hand, and, in the process, end up
projecting elements of our own personalities and experiences into the
gaps, using the resonances we feel with what's known as a guide to
what's reasonable. There are many possible sources of contention,
which themselves inspire new thought, etc.
When a phenomenon is observed directly rather than inferred -- when,
in a sense, the mechanism is known -- all of that fun projective work
loses at least some of its importance. There's a change in commentary
from "I believe that the person who made this feels like this (like
me, or not)" to "the person who made this made *me* feel like this."
And I don't think I'd be alone in saying that many Jandek records
elicit very similar feelings (although I have special favorites among
them) -- the range of discourse seems more limited.
Anyway, I just ordered the last five CDs and DVDs today, so maybe
I'll have something to talk about again soon. :^P
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