Posted by: HAT | August 9, 2010

Utopian Pop Culture?

OK, might as well put the interruptions to good use, as I’m clearly NOT going to be delivering the final final final version of YOU KNOW WHAT to the U today, since I’m still trying to concoct two decent paragraphs on second reflection for Ch. 2. (The motives for setting aside the dream of summer graduation are so complicated that it seemed . . . unwise to share them with all 5 of you, dear readers. I hope you will forgive me.)

So, my dad (yes, staying with us, in No. 1 Daughter’s room, who has temporarily joined the rest of us in the one bedroom in the house that is not an office) comes to tell me about the show on NPR about the Millenium series, one title of which it turns out we’ve just bought though not read yet. And it turns out we’ve read some of the Sjöwall and Wahloo books, too, since we read every work of detective fiction on the bookstore shelves between 1988 and 1996.

“They’re about utopia,” he says.

And the kind of utopia they are about, evidently, might be something like the kind of utopia the RSAnimate people have in mind. [Many thanks to Wit for the introduction.]

Should it be a surprise that true crime novels are about utopia? Probably not. “The black and gray of recent art, its asceticism against color, is the negative apotheosis of color. . . . The tenebrous has become the plenipotentiary of . . . utopia.” (Aesthetic Theory, 135.)

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