Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Looking In The Mirror

Rufus F., who FLG thinks is pretty new over at LOG, has been blogging the canon. Next on his list, which is for FLG's money the most overrated Platonic dialogue, Symposium. Also, Rufus apparently speaks, or at least reads, French.

All this is well and good, but FLG also finds it a tad pretentious and self-important. (Although, nowhere near as pretentious and self-important as Freddie talking into a camera about French existentialism., but FLG has mentioned ad nauseum how insufferable he finds Freddie. So, we won't dwell on that point.) Here's an example:
And yet, there is something majestic about her melancholy and stoic resolution, which stands in stark contrast to the femme fatale grasping of Circe and Calypso. She is a monument to female fidelity. Homer also plays Penelope off Clytemnestra, who we hear through the grapevine has killed her husband, Agamemnon, upon his return from the war. There’s strength to Peneleope. Her ruses give the sense that she is determined to have her own way. I get the feeling that she’s not just a princess, but a drama queen.

The idea of majestic melancholy bothers FLG somewhat, but overall he's not quite sure why he dislikes Rufus' posts. That brings him to the main point: FLG has been known to blog about the canon and articles written in French. He doesn't think he is self-important and pretentious, but must confront the possibility that if he sees this in Rufus' choice of topics, then FLG might be in the same boat.

PS. FLG also realizes that referring to himself in the third person could be construed as terribly self-important and pretentious, but please understand that he does so only with the requisite self-important and pretentious sense of irony.


Bill Flanigen said...

I got about five minutes into the Vimeo clip of Freddie describing the books on his shelf before I realized that I had just spent five minutes watching a Vimeo clip of Freddie describing the books on his shelf.

FLG said...

It's like watching a train wreck without the visceral thrill.

Alpheus said...

Just to be a jerk, I'm going to point out that Homer's Clytemnestra *doesn't* kill her husband; she leaves the task to her lover Aegisthus.

Flavia said...

Dude. I don't know this Rufus F., but I write about literature for a living, and that's insufferable. Mostly it's the tone, which seems to be grasping for some kind of mid-century, gentleman-scholar, these-are-the-classics,-me-lad oracularism.

Writing about the canon isn't inherently pompous. It's twits like this who make it seem so.

Withywindle said...

'The Canon," said Rufus to Flavia,
'Is replete with inspiring behavior;
The virtues of Greece
Universally please
And premonit the birth of our Savior.'

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