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proximoception
Oct. 23rd, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
King's liberalism and strong attachment to high lit trouble me, as a Bloomian. It fascinates me that 90+ percent of the fiction bestseller list people are Republicans, and he, close to alone, is not. And they're trying nothing, while he tries things incessantly. But Bloom's right, the guy isn't much good. Which makes King (albeit infinitely richer, infinitely more successful) someone like me - a reader of the good, someone who can follow others following it but rarely, if ever, find it independently. Makes him something of a tragic figure.
jones_casey
Oct. 26th, 2016 07:06 am (UTC)
i think that he enjoys thinking of himself as a tragic figure, aspires to it. i think he would rather it be others who do the things he can't and that he serve as a conduit by reaching so many. i really just thought it was funny because it was true.

(also i wasn't aware of the 90+ (i am a little shocked that it should be so high). but then i'm always surprised when i learn that some actor or other artist i've enjoyed (adam baldwin, for one) turns out to be a neanderthal. [cf: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chez-pazienza/adam-baldwin-firefly_b_4868727.html; (i'm not nearly the super-fan as the author but he makes the point).)
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