Postmodernism Quotes

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Jim Jarmusch
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
Jim Jarmusch

Samuel Beckett
“What is that unforgettable line?”
Samuel Beckett

Harold Pinter
“There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.”
Harold Pinter

Jean Baudrillard
“Postmodernity is said to be a culture of fragmentary sensations, eclectic nostalgia, disposable simulacra, and promiscuous superficiality, in which the traditionally valued qualities of depth, coherence, meaning, originality, and authenticity are evacuated or dissolved amid the random swirl of empty signals.”
Jean Baudrillard

Neil Gaiman
“For some folks death is release, and for others death is an abomination, a terrible thing. But in the end, I'm there for all of them.”
Neil Gaiman, Dream Country

David Foster Wallace
“Hell hath no fury like a coolly received postmodernist.”
David Foster Wallace, Girl With Curious Hair

“This is the postmodern desert inhabited by people who are, in effect, consuming themselves in the form of images and abstractions through which their desires, sense of identity, and memories are replicated and then sold back to them as products”
Larry McCaffrey

Christopher Hitchens
“The Postmodernists' tyranny wears people down by boredom and semi-literate prose.”
Christopher Hitchens

Tiffany Madison
“Women's liberation is one thing, but the permeation of anti-male sentiment in post-modern popular culture - from our mocking sitcom plots to degrading commercial story lines - stands testament to the ignorance of society. Fair or not, as the lead gender that never requested such a role, the historical male reputation is quite balanced.

For all of their perceived wrongs, over centuries they've moved entire civilizations forward, nurtured the human quest for discovery and industry, and led humankind from inconvenient darkness to convenient modernity. Navigating the chessboard that is human existence is quite a feat, yet one rarely acknowledged in modern academia or media. And yet for those monumental achievements, I love and admire the balanced creation that is man for all his strengths and weaknesses, his gifts and his curses. I would venture to say that most wise women do.”
Tiffany Madison

Jean-François Lyotard
“Simplifying to the extreme, I define postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.”
Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

Taylor Mali
“We're the most aggressively inarticulate generation to come along since, you know, a long time ago!”
Taylor Mali

Robert Hughes
“What has our culture lost in 1980 that the avant-garde had in 1890? Ebullience, idealism, confidence, the belief that there was plenty of territory to explore, and above all the sense that art, in the most disinterested and noble way, could find the necessary metaphors by which a radically changing culture could be explained to its inhabitants.”
Robert Hughes, The Shock of the New

Ravi Zacharias
“We are living in a time when sensitivities are at the surface, often vented with cutting words. Philosophically, you can believe anything so as you do not claim it a better way. Religiously, you can hold to anything, so long as you do not bring Jesus Christ into it. If a spiritual idea is eastern, it is granted critical immunity; if western, it is thoroughly criticized. Thus, a journalist can walk into a church and mock its carryings on, but he or she dare not do the same if the ceremony is from eastern fold. Such is the mood at the end of the twentieth century. A mood can be a dangerous state of mind, because it can crush reason under the weight of feeling. But that is precisely what I believe postmodernism best represents - a mood.”
Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message

John Leonard
“Isn't post-modernism really one big cover-up for the failure of the French to write a truly interesting novel ever since a sports car ate Albert Camus?”
John Leonard

David F. Wells
“In our postmodern culture which is TV dominated, image sensitive, and morally vacuous, personality is everything and character is increasingly irrelevant.”
David F. Wells, No Place for Truth: or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?

David Mitchell
“Try this for deviancy: fabricants are mirrors held up to purebloods' conscience; what purebloods see reflected there sickens them. So they blame you for holding the mirror."

I hid my shock by asking when purebloods might blame themselves.

Mephi replied, "History suggests, not until they are made to.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Kurt Vonnegut
“TV is an eraser.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

Jean-François Lyotard
“…is postmodernity the pastime of an old man who scrounges in the garbage-heap of finality looking for leftovers, who brandishes unconsciousnesses, lapses, limits, confines, goulags, parataxes, non-senses, or paradoxes, and who turns this into the glory of his novelty, into his promise of change?”
Jean-François Lyotard

Mircea Cărtărescu
“Poezia s-a sinucis avînd grijă să-și facă un nod foarte estetic la ștreang.”
Mircea Cărtărescu, Pururi tanar, infasurat in pixeli

Jacques Derrida
“The bricoleur, says Levi-Strauss, is someone who uses 'the means at hand,' that is, the instruments he finds at his disposition around him, those which are already there, which had not been especially conceived with an eye to the operation for which they are to be used and to which one tries by trial and error to adapt them, not hesitating to change them whenever it appears necessary, or to try several of them at once, even if their form and their origin are heterogenous—and so forth. There is therefore a critique of language in the form of bricolage, and it has even been said that bricolage is critical language itself…If one calls bricolage the necessity of borrowing one's concepts from the text of a heritage which is more or less coherent or ruined, it must be said that every discourse is bricoleur.”
Jacques Derrida, Structure, Sign, and Play

Jonathan Lethem
“what exactly is postmodernism, except modernism without the anxiety?”
Jonathan Lethem

Jeffrey Eugenides
“Reading a novel after reading semiotic theory was like jogging empty-handed after jogging with hand weights. What exquisite guilt she felt, wickedly enjoying narrative! Madeleine felt safe with a nineteenth century novel. There were going to be people in it. Something was going to happen to them in a place resembling the world. Then too there were lots of weddings in Wharton and Austen. There were all kinds of irresistible gloomy men.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

Flannery O'Connor
“Let me make no bones about it: I write from the standpoint of Christian orthodoxy. Nothing is more repulsive to me than the idea of myself setting up a little universe of my own choosing and propounding a little immoralistic message. I write with a solid belief in all the Christian dogmas.”
Flannery O'Connor, The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor

David Mitchell
“As an experienced editor, I disapprove of flashbacks, foreshadowings, and tricksy devices; they belong in the 1980s with M.A.s in postmodernism and chaos theory.”
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

Noam Chomsky
“Amusing and perfectly self-conscious charlatans.”
Noam Chomsky

[We] saw products as garbage even when they sat gleaming on store shelves, yet unbought.
“[We] saw products as garbage even when they sat gleaming on store shelves, yet unbought. We didn't say, What kind of casserole will that make? We said, What kind of garbage will that make?”
Don DeLillo, Underworld

Michel Foucault
“This book first arose out of a passage in [Jorge Luis] Borges, out of the laughter that shattered, as I read the passage, all the familiar landmarks of my thought—our thought that bears the stamp of our age and our geography—breaking up all the ordered surfaces and all the planes with which we are accustomed to tame the wild profusion of existing things, and continuing long afterwards to disturb and threaten with collapse our age-old distinction between the Same and the Other. This passage quotes a ‘certain Chinese encyclopaedia’ in which it is written that ‘animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) suckling pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies’. In the wonderment of this taxonomy, the thing we apprehend in one great leap, the thing that, by means of the fable, is demonstrated as the exotic charm of another system of thought, is the limitation of our own, the stark impossibility of thinking that.”
Michel Foucault, The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

Brian Celio
“Postmodernism has turned into this devil's vortex where no matter what you do, your neck will be turned and your face shoved into a foreign example, and worse, no matter what you say, despite the context, it will be considered a postmodern device. That's the danger of postmodernism: it poses itself as something that can't be trumped, something you can’t escape. It continually mocks your efforts for the sake of its name. I know even this will be seen as another postmodern bullet, and no matter what I say, critics and readers will be locked into how to lock me in.”
Brian Celio, Catapult Soul

David Foster Wallace
“shall I spend much of your time pointing out the degree to which televisual values influence the contemporary mood of jaded weltschmerz, self-mocking materialism, blank indifference, and the delusion that cynicism and naïveté are mutually exclusive?”
David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

رضا براهنی
“وقتی که دایناسورها تازه مُرده بودند
و پیغمبرها در راه بودند
من شاعر تو بودم
و بادبان کلمه واژگان مرا می‌راند
تو سال‌های نوری را بر گونه‌هایت روشن نگاه داشته بودی
من صفحه‌های زبان را می‌چرخاندم
و با سرعت مافوق صوت دیوانه می‌شدم
روزی به خواب تو می‌آیم می‌بینی که من تواَم
و تیمارستانی با صد هزار عاشق هستم
ابرو حواله‌ی دریا کن
و مثل باد گذر کن از شهر پنجره‌های ویران
من در تمام پنجره‌ها انتظار تو را می‌کشم
هر کس که ویرانه‌های چشم مرا دست کم گرفت، نفرین شده ست:
عاشق خواهد شد
حتی اگر تو باشی که صدها هزار عاشق نابینا در شهرهای جهان داری”
رضا براهنی, گزیده اشعار رضا براهنی

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