This last night was very cool
Further to below, I didn’t realise pieces on ‘relatable’ was such a thing! Evidently I am not usually quiet enough at work to go into that articles hole and see these fads and indulge … but I am right now, so more here:
There is a part of this debate that interests me for that skimming grabbing key words internet age faux engaged fear I have for myself at times.
"But to demand that a work be “relatable” expresses a different expectation: that the work itself be somehow accommodating to, or reflective of, the experience of the reader or viewer. The reader or viewer remains passive in the face of the book or movie or play: she expects the work to be done for her. If the concept of identification suggested that an individual experiences a work as a mirror in which he might recognize himself, the notion of relatability implies that the work in question serves like a selfie: a flattering confirmation of an individual’s solipsism…..
…But to reject any work because we feel that it does not reflect us in a shape that we can easily recognize—because it does not exempt us from the active exercise of imagination or the effortful summoning of empathy—is our own failure. It’s a failure that has been dispiritingly sanctioned by the rise of “relatable.” In creating a new word and embracing its self-involved implications, we have circumscribed our own critical capacities…..”
taken from this article:
This is probably the most interesting review of Under the Skin I have been able to find so far:
From the interview with Adam Phillips in Paris Review (Spring 2014 issue):
1. Adam Phillips: "The trouble is not that we can’t or don’t know things. The trouble is that we use knowing in bits of our lives where it doesn’t work, or where it’s actually not the point. I don’t mean to argue against knowing things or knowing people. But when you say you know someone, it’s very hard to know what it is you want by doing that."
2. Interviewer: "There is a quotation in Missing Out that haunts me, from Randall Jarrell - "the ways we miss our lives are life." … I don’t know what it’s about, but it strikes me as true, and painful because it’s true"
Adam Phillips: “What’s painful about it? It could be extremely comforting, couldn’t it? It could be a way of saying, Actually, that’s what a life is, it’s the lives you don’t have. As if to say, Don’t worry, because that’s what a life is. Or just that missing all our supposed other lives is something modern people are keen to do. We are just addicted to alternatives, fascinated by what we can never do. As if we all had the wrong parents, or the wrong bodies, or the wrong luck.”
OF LATE / PART 3 / DAN POST-PARTY