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Transmission and the Individual Remix

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Sub-titled "How Literature Works" this essay by the renown novelist is a provocative and entertaining work of postmodern theory that re-evaluates literature and literary meaning from Aeschylus to Kraftwerk. A VINTAGE EBOOK ORIGINAL.

Tom McCarthy is one of the most vital young voices in contemporary literature, and in this essay he identifies the signals that have been repea
ebook, 64 pages
Published June 4th 2012 by Vintage
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Jeff Jackson
If you want to learn How Fiction Works, then check out the James Wood book. But if you're interested in How *Literature* Works, this long essay provides invaluable insights. It starts where you'd expect, with Kraftwerk and Orpheus. McCarthy winds his way from the Ancient Greeks to Cervantes to Rilke to Burroughs's cut-ups, tracing the role of signals, transmission, reception, how writers speak through texts, and what constitutes a good remix. He demonstrates Blanchot's theory of how literature s ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Michel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all lovers of literature
Shelves: ebooks, eleole, lit
Not a book, really, more an article like those published in literary journals 40 years ago. Actually no: not at all like 40 years ago, easy reading, swishy fencing style, no footnotes, more like a blog, minus hyperlinks.
In an amazing "leçon de choses" he uses his medium to tell us his message, that the medium is the message. He takes us on a birdseye virtual tour of literature, from the Greeks to this postmodern (?) time. The troubadours wrote epic songs, Æschyllus and Shakespeare wrote plays, c
Oliver Ho
A fascinating, poetic essay--not sure I understood it, but definitely enjoyed reading it, and I'll read it again. Here are some of the bits that grabbed me right away:

"My aim here, in this essay, is not to tell you something, but to make you listen: not to me, nor even to Beckett or Kafka, but to a set of signals that have been repeating, pulsing, modulating in the airspace of the novel, poem, play – in their lines, between them and around them – since each of these forms began. I want to make y
Miz Moffatt
Full review posted on Across the Litoverse

Transmission and the Individual Remix sets out to tune readers in to the signals that have been "pulsing, repeating, modulating in the airspace of literature" from as far back as Aeschylus and Ovid to our current era. Where one might see an innovative and groundbreaking literary work, Tom McCarthy sees the precedents that have echoed throughout the very human history of dissemination. In particular, McCarthy cites Ovid's portrait of the poet Orpheus as t
Kent Winward
McCarthy's essay isn't on the death of fiction like his recent article, but rather on the great confusion that is literature. Now that it is easier than ever to remix due to technology, the greater the need for the artist/writer to bring the remix skill to bear in creating new literary forms and literary work. (I know that isn't exactly McCarthy's point, but rather my own re-mixed rant of where he took me.)
Stephanie Kelley
important; too short
A short essay that using the mith of Orpheus and Kraftwerk trys to convey the difference between the sender, the meaning of the message and the listner. As a non mothertongue I had a little bir of difficulty in completely understanding this essay, but it was interesting.
Thanks to Netgalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for the preview
Dan Coxon
McCarthy decodes Culture's signals... Or tries to.
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Good but ultimately insubstantial essay - bordering on a polemic - about what worthwhile writing is, the function it fulfils and how to recognise it.
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Tom McCarthy — “English fiction’s new laureate of disappointment” (Time Out, September 2007) — is a writer and artist. He was born in 1969 and lives in a tower-block in London. Tom grew up in Greenwich, south London, and studied English at New College, Oxford. After a couple of years in Prague in the early 1990s, he lived in Amsterdam as literary editor of the local Time Out, and later worked in B ...more
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