”In the 1960s, writers like Thomas Pynchon had successfully used irony and pop reference to reveal the dark side of war and American culture. Irony laid waste to corruption and hypocrisy. In the aftermath of the 60s, as Wallace saw it, television adopted a self-deprecating, ironic attitude to make viewers feel smarter than the naïve public, and to flatter them into continued watching. Fiction responded by simply absorbing pop culture to ‘help create a mood of irony and irreverence, to make us uneasy and so ”comment” on the vapidity of U.S. culture, and most important, these days, to be just plain realistic.’ But what if irony leads to a sinkhole of relativism and disavowal?”
Citerat ur ”David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture” av Matt Ashby och Brendan Carroll i Slate, 13 april 2014.
Gratis läsning av nyckeltext av DFW apropå teve, litteratur och ironi: ”E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”.
Bok som kommer ut i höst: The David Foster Wallace Reader (Little, Brown and Company).