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Re: Breakout Of The Fictions - Rimmer

From: John Rimmer <jrimmer@magonia.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 22:26:55 +0100
Fwd Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 09:19:49 -0400
Subject: Re:  Breakout Of The Fictions - Rimmer

 >From: Greg Sandow <greg@gregsandow.com>
 >To: <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Subject: Re: Breakout Of The Fictions
 >Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 14:38:12 -0400

 >>From: Colin Bennett <colin@bennettc25.fsnet.co.uk>
 >>To: <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >>Subject: Breakout Of The Fictions
 >>Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 04:12:24 +0100

 >>Since a great planetary war was raging, intellectual life and
 >>literature and the arts had come almost to a stop, and
 >>therefore what little literary activity there was
 >>(particularly of the avant guard type) existed in the form of
 >>very few magazines, often of an A5 size, such as the British
 >>Lilliput and Men Only (this latter has no connection to its
 >>modern equivalent!) that could be carried in the map pocket
 >>of a military uniform. Short stories and short articles were
 >>all that existed practically for contemporary intellectual
 >>food, received and absorbed as it was under often very
 >>strenuous work and battle conditions

 >A remarkable notion.

 >In the United States, at least, intellectual and cultural life
 >continued throughout the war. Books and magazines were
 >published, radio stations stayed in business, newspapers
 >appeared every day (many more of them than are printed now,
 >since even medium-sized cities had two or more daily papers;
 >most now only have one).

 >I won't comment on the rest of Bennett's speculations. But some
 >of it, clearly, is based on imaginary history.

 >Greg Sandow

Very wise not to comment on Bennett's speculations, as they are
certainly based on an imaginary history of Britain during the
Second World War.

In Britain, far from coming to a halt, cultural life flourished
during the War. From the famous lunchtime concerts in the
National Gallery aimed at servicemen and war-workers, which
introduced thousands of people to classical music, to the
ubiquitous Penguin paperbacks which brought classic and modern
literature to a wide audience - and were ideally sized for
slipping into the pocket of a battledress - art and literature
was popularised as never before.

Some of this was deliberate government policy - educational
programmes for troops, that sort of thing - but a lot of it was
simply because people believed that a better sort of world was
going to emerge at the end of the War. OK, a lot of it was naive
and idealistic, and the reality proved less than the dream, but
to say that literature and the arts came to a stop during the
war is nonsense.

Despite that, British List subscribers are delighted to see Mr
Bennett's emergence.

A warning to Jerry Clark, though: now you're really going to see
some post-modernist literary criticism!


John Rimmer Magonia Magazine

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