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Modern Era Classics

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Re: Modern Era Classics

Postby DrG2 » Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:56 pm

It's hard for me to get past my favorite writers, like Annie Proulx and Joyce Carol Oates and . . . to be very objective. There were several on the linked list that I thought were only OK, and I have a hard time thinking a graphic novel is a "classic", but maybe I'm just too old.

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Re: Modern Era Classics

Postby Brien Sz » Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:39 pm

I think classic is in the 'eye of the beholder.' NY Times Book Review people probably have an entirely different list than say People magazine as to what they consider modern day classics. Classics align with your particular likes. Of course a few do rise through the ether and enter that hallowed ground of universal classic regardless of whether a segment of people don't particularly care for them. In other words, I don't think there is a particular spelled out criteria for deeming a work, 'a classic.'

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Re: Modern Era Classics

Postby Brien Sz » Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:42 pm

We could nibble away at that premise and say that all those are judgments and opinions, determined by whom, I do not know and have no basis in fact. Listen to the music of the Sex Pistols on Never Mind the Bullocks, it's considered a classic in the rock genre while others would dismiss it as garbage and one can listen to a piece by Wagner and think the same. Sure these works are deemed classics but to the eye of the beholder, they are what that one persons particular values align with. However, rather than that, I totally understand the premise behind the defined definitions of the word.

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